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Prospect Profiles: Dwayne Allen



TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-4, 255, 4.78


National Football Post:

Possesses a thicker, compact frame with a strongly put together core and base. Doesn’t long real long armed and seems a bit tightly wound, but has a big set of hands. Lined-up all over the Clemson offense this year (TE, H-back, slot) and has the versatility to do the same in the NFL. Is a naturally strong kid who has a heavy set of hands and can create a little pop on contact both in-line and on the move. However, doesn’t do a great job keeping his base down into contact, which allows defenders to get under him initially in the run game in-line. However, he has the natural power to work his legs through contact and is graceful/power enough to work his legs around the target to seal or begin to get a push. Is a good move blocker who ha some range getting into the second level and takes solid angles into contact. However, gets upright and will get caught overextending at the point, allows himself to easily be rag dolled/ slipped through contact. Has the natural power to create a snap through the hips, gain leverage and seal on the edge. Has shown the natural power in the past to handle defensive ends through contact. However, needs to learn to play lower. Leverage might always be an issue though because he seems to lack ideal length. His lack of length is even more obvious in pass protection where he is consistently forced to lock his arms in order to try to stay on defenders through contact.

Possesses a slightly above-average get off for his size when lined-up with his hand on the ground. However, doesn’t do a great job avoiding contact. Allows himself to get upright and isn’t overly shifty when trying to avoid a bump. Also, has a tough time as a route runner with defenders who want to get physical with him. Doesn’t use his hands well to be physical and leave a defender before getting out of his breaks. Either extends his arms and is called for pass interference or allows a defender to be draped all over him. Looks more explosive off the line when split out, showcasing the body control, foot quickness and fluidity to snap out of his breaks on sharply breaking routes and create separation. Builds speed as he goes down the field. Isn’t a burner, looks like a 4.75 guy, but sells his routes well and looks natural with his first step burst to the post. Snaps his head around quickly and knows how to find the football. Extends his arms well down the field and can pluck off his frame. Possesses good hands, but will get caught being forced to double catch at times.

Impression: Is a solid, strong athlete with good hands and body control when asked to go get the football. Lacks ideal balance/leverage into contact as a blocker and would like to see him be more sudden in tighter areas with defenders who want to be physical. However, he’s an NFL talent who can be used in a number of ways on an NFL offense.



  • Very good route runner
  • Natural hands – catches practically everything thrown his way
  • Well-respected teammate, easily coachable and a hard worker
  • Durability
  • Size (6-foot-4, 255 pounds)
  • Good initial release – can be flexed outside
  • Dangerous in the open field
  • Blocks well downfield
  • Is not afraid to sell out his body to make the tough grab
  • Considerable upside


  • Doesn’t consistently anchor as an inline blocker – needs to improve technique and isn’t physically built to be a great blocker
  • Top-end speed is just about average
  • Dropped a few easy passes in his time at Clemson
  • One year of meaningful production

Expected draft placement

Allen is likely going to come off the board in the second round. The need for the position isn’t particularly great this year, but teams that could consider him include the New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons.


• Well-built athlete
• Easy movement skills — light on his feet
• Deft body control adjusting to the ball
• Makes difficult catches look routine
• Can pluck it
• Load to tackle


• Questionable effort and desire as a blocker
• Lacks functional lower-body power
• Not a polished route runner — rounds cuts
• Makes some concentration drops — can be fazed by traffic

The Way We See It:

An athletic mover capable of becoming an every-down tight end. Will make the most immediate impact coming as a pass catcher and must continue to harness his talent as a blocker, where he has underachieved.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Dwayne Allen is an athletic tight end prospect, who is better making catches than blocking. Fits the mold of the new “Joker” tight end, the Jimmy Grahams, etc. Good hands, tough to tackle. Not overly fast, but gets open. Can be used in a variety of different roles, in-line, H-Back, slot, “move”. Struggles with blocking, but I don’t think that’s how he will be used. Will be used as another weapon for Eli Manning, if he becomes a Giant. Late first, early second. I don’t know if he’s ready right away. I think he has technique issues, and cannot be counted on to block right away. Personally, not the biggest fan. He has an Aaron Hernandez-like skill set, but isn’t nearly as fast, and I worry that his lack of speed will hinder him. I think he can be effective, but I don’t think he’s first round effective. Would fit better in a more creative offense, something the Giants don’t have.


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Coby Fleener


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2 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: Dwayne Allen”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    That’s why I think Charles is the better NFL prospect, he is a willing blocker were as Allen is not. Very similar players in a lot of ways, body type, powerful and so on. But the difference is blocking and Charles will be active as a blocker not just a receiver.

    Fleener is the best receiver but like Allen is not a good blocker.

    So if Charles is gone when the Giants draft Fleener is the next best choice IMO.

    I wish Charles had run the 40, we have to wait for his pro day. I think he’ll be in the 4.6 range. He put up an amazing 35 reps on the bench press of 220 pounds.

  2. Kaz says:

    Loving the work. Tommy Streeter the WR from The U on the list of prospect profiles? Kid can fly and hes got size. With Manningham all but gone, he may be worth a look.

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