Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Marcus Allen

Safety
School: Penn State | Conference: BIG 10
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2 / 215 | 40: 4.59 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.57
Projected Round
4th
Bio: 
Four-year starter who was named First Team All-Big Ten and made 71 tackles (four for loss) with one interception, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups in 2017. Earned Third Team All-Big Ten honors and led the team with 110 tackles (six for loss) as a junior, forcing one fumble and breaking up three passes. Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and recorded 81 tackles (five for loss), two forced fumbles and two PBUs in 2015. Made seven starts as a true freshman and posted 58 tackles (two for loss) with three pass breakups.
Pos: 
Productive run-defending safety who has shown improvement in his ball skills. Instinctive, effectively reads and diagnoses the action and crashes up the field to defend the run. Takes proper angles to the action, nicely redirects to ball carriers and throws his body around to make tackles. Keeps the action in front of him. Works well with cornerbacks to bracket receivers over the middle of the field, gets vertical to defend throws and displays decent range in center field.
Neg: 
Possesses average ball skills and does not make many plays on the ball. Had one interception in his career. Lacks the ability to burst to the ball out of his plant. A little overanxious coming up the field and gets caught out of position.
Analysis: 
Allen was a consistent safety for Penn State, and although he lacks great ball skills, he’ll be a fine addition as a traditional strong safety or in a zone system. Allen comes with a nice amount of upside and could develop into a starter down the road.