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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Chase Allen, LB, Southern Illinois University


Chase Allen is a tackling machine for the Salukis. I love this kid's game

Chase Allen is a tackling machine for the Salukis. I love this kid’s game

NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Chase Allen 

What is your Height/Weight?

6’3 245

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Southern Illinois University

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

At SIU each year, we have a blackout cancer game where families bid on a jersey number to represent their name as we play. Our coach had us visit a cancer treatment center in the off season that our blackout game helped build. Realizing what we were playing for and the people that it helped after visiting really opened my eyes and humbled me. It was a great experience.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Business law 

Where are you from?

Fairview Heights, Illinois 

Who is your role model, and why?

My parents are my role model, they’ve gone through tough times but always made sure my sisters and I had everything we needed and took made the best of our opportunities.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Baseball and basketball

Did you play any other positions in football?


At your position, what separates you from others?

Focus and work ethic has always been very important to me and I hold myself to a high standard.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

Tendencies a offense will show and the type of players the opponent has.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

David Johnson from the Cardinals

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I like the way Luke Kuechly plays, he’s a guy that is always around the ball and I feel like I have that potential.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Listen to my pregame playlist and say a prayer before walking on the field. 

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

I feel like I need to prove I am capable of playing with the better competition that bigger schools offer. 

What is your biggest strength?

My speed and work ethic. 

chase-allenWhat is your biggest weakness?

Biggest weakness is technique, I could always improve here.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I am a player who will do the right thing on and off the field and always give it my all. 

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Brian Urlacher and the Bears.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

My older sister who passed and my both my parents for another dinner together. 

With your first NFL paycheck what would you buy?

A cruise ship vacation for my family and friends.

Rapid Answers:

  • Who will win the Super Bowl? Patriots
  • Whose better Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?
  • Better Running Back Adrian Peterson or Barry Sanders?
  • Better safety Eric Weddle or Ed Reed?
  • Better linebacker Ray Lewis or Luke Kuechly?


NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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