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UDFA Scouting Report: Lorenzo Allen, OL, Northwestern Oklahoma State

Strengths: Allen is an offensive lineman who has NFL size that coaches look for in an offensive tackle.  He has a good first step at the snap of the ball, and has quick feet to be able to anticipate what a DE or OLB will do.  He’s a violent blocker with a mean streak who can get his hands on a defender fast.  In pass protection, he can mirror a speed rusher well who’s trying to get around the corner, and toss him to the ground with authority.  While run blocking, he can stand a defender up, and turn him away from an RB, opening up holes off his right hip.  He shows that he can slide inside, and pick up a blitzing or stunting DE, and help on double teams.

Weaknesses: Allen doesn’t always use the best pad level despite his size.  He doesn’t use good hand placement on a consistent basis as he tends to grab onto a defender by his shoulders instead of inside.  His ability to handle pass rushers with power moves & spin moves is a concern.  While he can stand a defender up while engaged with him, he doesn’t always drive him back on running plays.  Level of competition, and lack of experience at the LT position will be looked at closely.

 

Summary: Lorenzo Allen is an offensive lineman who has only played OT for two years, but shows that he has good potential.  He has NFL size, a good first step, and quick feet to anticipate a defender’s moves.  He can get his hands on a pass rusher fast despite not using the best hand placement, and looks to throw him on the ground with authority.  He can hold a DE or OLB at bay when engaged, but needs to show that he can drive block consistently on run plays with lower body strength.  A big question for him is can he handle a pass rusher with good power moves & spin moves in pass protection.  Another question will be how he handles transitioning to the pros after playing for the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers at the Division II level.  His intensity does remind me a bit of Dallas Cowboys OT Tyron Smith.  With more experience & coaching, Allen can become a good to great OT at the next level.

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