2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

by Cory J. Bonini on February 13, 2012 @ 02:33:27 PDT

 


Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen is a weapon in the passing game and brings his skill set to the 2012 NFL Draft as a junior. In 2011, he caught 50 passes for 598 yards and scored eight times.

Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
Should translate well to the NFL

Strengths

  • 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

Weaknesses

  • 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

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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