Three-year starter named a unanimous First Team All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. Made 69 tackles (16 for loss) with 10.5 sacks, a team-high 15 quarterback hurries and returned two fumbles for touchdowns. Earned First Team All-SEC honors as a junior in 2015, ranking second in the conference with 12 sacks and adding 36 tackles, including a team-high 14.5 for loss, and four pass breakups. Sophomore totals include 33 tackles (11.5 for loss) and 5.5 sacks.
Explosive defensive lineman with possibilities in a variety of schemes. Fires off the snap, moves well in every direction of the field and plays like a superior athlete. Effectively uses his hands, shows strength and tosses opposing blockers aside with ease. Breaks down well, displays good change of direction and is rarely off his feet. Plays with balance and body control, fires off the snap with a terrific first step and is tough defending the run. Slides down the line and outside the box in pursuit of the action. Fast off the edge, gets a lot of momentum going and shows a degree of suddenness in his game. Wraps up tackling and brings opponents down at the point of attack.
Lacks great bulk and gets out-positioned from the action. At times is easily ridden from his angle of attack if he does not get the first step on opponents.
Entering the season Allen was rated as the No. 1 senior prospect in the scouting community, and he met expectations. He offers possibilities as a two-gap end in a three-man line or on the inside of a four-man front and should quickly break into a starting lineup and produce as a rookie in the NFL.