Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Joe Marino
Name: Marcus Allen
Date of Birth: 8/7/1996
College: Penn State
High School: Henry A. Wise, Jr. (Maryland)
Games Played: 38
Games Started: 33
Team Captain: No
Production: 249 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 0 interceptions, 8 passes broken up, 3 forced fumbles
High School: Consensus 3-star recruit. Played in just 3 games during senior season before an ankle injury ended year. Participated in the PA vs. MD Big 33 Classic. Chose Penn State over offers from Clemson, Arizona, Michigan State, Nebraska, Pitt, Stanford and Wisconsin.
College: Journalism major. 2014 third team Freshman All-American. 2015 All-Big Ten honorable mention. 2016 third team All-Big Ten.
Strengths: Good tackler that brings plenty of pop to the point of attack. Has the play strength needed to bring the ball carriers surge to a halt and rarely concedes extra yard or comes up empty. Mostly takes good angles to the ball playing forward. Has adequate movement skills and is fairly fluid. Looks good on the hoof and has good length which improves his tackle radius. Has shown proficiency working in short zones and driving on forward when asked to click and close in clean up situations.
Weaknesses: Has some issues playing through contact and filtering through traffic to get to the football. Has been ineffective competing at the catch point and doesn’t offer ideal ball skills. Needs to create more turnovers. Can be slow to process route combinations and pick up receivers to his zone. Doesn’t naturally work into throwing lanes by reading the backfield. Frequently takes the cheese on play fakes and works himself out of the play. Needs to play with more consistent urgency.
Summary: Penn State safety Marcus Allen has been a reliable back-end defender for the Nittany Lions with many of the traits needed to play at the next level. In terms of his ability to fire downhill and tackle, Allen is what NFL team’s are looking for. He is physical and sound in his tackling technique. His size and length are an asset when playing forward as a run defender.
Where Allen needs to show improvement this season is when he drops into coverage. His processing skills are slow and he lacks a natural feel for reading route combinations and working into throwing lanes. His ball skills leave much to be desired despite offering good length and athletic ability.
As it stands, Allen projects as a special teams and sub-package player. If he demonstrates growth in coverage, he offers starter traits at the next level.
Predicted Value Range: Fourth Round