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2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Nate Allen



  • Nate Allen, 6-1/205

  • Free Safety

  • South Florida


  • Nate Allen Scouting Report
    By Matt McGuire

    Strengths:
  • Solid height with great bulk
  • Three-year starter
  • Playmaker and highly productive
  • Takes good angles in run support
  • Fluid hips
  • Ballhawk who can change a game
  • Centerfielder range
  • Highly instinctive
  • Physical tackler
  • Underrated athlete
  • Eliminates space quickly
  • Low in backpedal; nice technician
  • Uses hands well to shed blocks in run support
  • Good route recognition
  • Vocal leader on defense; team captain
  • Great all-around skill set for a free safety



    Weaknesses:
  • Lacks great straight-line speed
  • Tends to struggle in man coverage where he has to turn and run
  • Not a violent threat in deep half/over middle
  • Doesn't have superstar potential

    Summary: Nate Allen has been a favorite of mine all year. Some guys just find ways to make plays despite average measureables. I expect Allen to win a starting job quickly in his career. He's a prototypical free safety who is clean off the field and has a reportedly great work ethic. I expect Allen to come off the board between picks 35 and 70.

    Player Comparison: Tanard Jackson. Jackson didn't have great measurables coming out of Syracuse, but he's a very good technician and a great playmaker for Tampa Bay.



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