Antonio Allen

Draft Grades: New York Jets

The New York Jets are making some bold moves this offseason, and it carried over to the draft. The rolled the dice early and often with this draft class, and it could pay of big way… or it could cost Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan their jobs.

Quinton Coples was a bold choice in the 1st round, especially considering some of the impact players still on the board. While Coples has a ton of potential, he’s had trouble staying motivated on the field which raises some big red flags. And when players have effort issues in college, it doesn’t usually improve once they’re collecting an NFL paycheck.

I like the selection of Stephen Hill in the 2nd round, but he’s not going to provide much help early on. He’ll serve as a deep threat early in his career, and could develop into a No. 1 receiver down the road, but will Tannenbaum and Ryan be around to reap those benefits?

Demario Davis was a reach in the 3rd round and didn’t fill a position of need. He’ll backup David Harris and Bart Scott at inside linebacker and play on special teams.

Josh Bush will compete for the the right to back up LaRon Landry at strong safety and provide some help in special teams coverage.

Terrance Ganaway will compete for a backup job at running back, but I don’t like his chance of winning a job. Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight should be solidly ahead of him on the depth chart.

Robert Griffin is a massive interior lineman who will compete for a backup job. He needs to stay in better shape, but he has the potential to develop into late-round steal.

I love the selection of Antonio Allen. He may never develop into a starter, but he’ll be an immediate impact player on special teams. I actually like Allen significantly more than Josh Bush.

Jordan White has some injury issues which led to his fall in the draft, but he has the potential to be a steal if he can stay on the field. He was extremely productive at Western Michigan and could develop into a decent slot receiver at the next level.

The Jets clearly gambled early in this class and were thinking about the future more than 2012. It’s a risky strategy, but there’s no denying the fact that they added two of the most talented players in the draft in the 1st and 2nd round. However, they didn’t add anyone who projects as a future starter in the 3rd round or later. The lack of depth from this class, coupled with the early-round risks makes it tough to give them a high grade.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Draft Grades - 2012, Jets 1 Comment

Antonio Allen scouting report

Antonio Allen S South Carolina #26
Ht: 6’1″Wt: 201 ¬†
Strengths:
Does a nice job fighting through traffic considering his modest size. A scrappy player who won’t back down from bigger, more physical assignments. Decent ball skills; will come down with the interception when he’s in position.¬†Experienced as pass rusher off the edge; speed makes him tough to block and will get into the backfield fairly frequently. High energy player who gives a solid effort on every play. A true sideline-to-sideline defender who makes a lot of plays in pursuit.
Weaknesses:
Frequently lined up at weak-side linebacker in college, but lacks the size to play anything but safety in the pros. Vision/awareness are very average; does not consistently keep his eye on the ball carrier and misses a lot of opportunities to make plays by reacting late. Limited experience in man coverage. Very much willing to play the run, but tackling technique is shaky. Not a wrap-up tackler; tends to swipe low with his arms or go for the big hit. Hesitates a lot in zone coverage and will bite on pump fakes. Delayed enrollment in school to focus on academics for a year at Hargrave Military Acadamy; also played limited role in freshman season to continue to focus on academics. Suffered concussion in 2009. Missed two games with hamstring injury in 2010. Missed time with “neck spasms” in 2011.
Comments:
Allen is very raw, but it’s tough to blame him for his deficiencies. South Carolina used him as a weak-side linebacker early in his career, and used him in a hybrid safety/linebacker role during his final seasons. As a result, he’s going to be a strong run defender for a safety, but his coverage skills need a lot of work. Most of the issues simply stem from a lack of experience, and he should improve with time. He’s a developmental prospect, but definitely has the basic skills necessary to develop into a solid contributor. Due to his intensity on the field, he should also be a strong special teams performer.
Videos:
2011 vs Nebraska
2011 vs Auburn
2011 vs East Carolina 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 3 Comments