I recently reached out to a scouting source, to talk about the draft buzz on Vanderbilt cornerback Allan George, because I loved his film. When it comes to the Alabama native stats it does not tell half the story. While his numbers will not blow you away, watching the film on the 6-1 190 pound corner, it is simple to see why NFL scouts, love the potential of this rising star.
“You know, I played corner in college, I played it all my life really, so I am very picky with my corner prospects. So I have to start with that. But let me tell you I love this kid’s tape. He has a skillset you love in your corners. He always seems to be in the right place and can play inside and out. That is the first thing that shows up on tape. You have to like his size, 6’1 corners are hard to find, but he could add a few pounds. He is not a boney kid, but you would still like to see him add some weight with how big these running backs are getting. I like that he doesn’t run away from contact. Meaning he will mix it up in the run game and get dirty. I like kids that play in the mud. I like that he has a swagger to him, but not arrogant. I like what his coaches say about him. You can tell he is around NFL guys, or at least has that mentality. You can see his maturity in his presence on and off the field. Great ball skills. I think he can play at a high level in man coverage. I think he can play in zone, but I like him more in man. The fans will look at his stats, and just move on. That would be a disservice. You see him playing tight coverage and forcing bad throws. Forcing quarterbacks to throw it away. So you have to watch the film, you have to do the work. You owe that to these guys. You owe them to look at everything and then have a conclusion. I think George, will play in the NFL, and will be a success.”
I think what stands out the most to me, is the competition he has faced week to week. Although he hasn’t had an amazing stat line, you see the effect he has on the game. Covering some of the biggest names in the SEC. George, has the mentality as well, that you love in your players. I asked him what it is like playing in the SEC, and I also wanted to know what he thinks he can bring to an NFL team?
“You know you talk about pressure or the stress of playing in the SEC, but I feel like if you are here doing it every day, all of that goes away and you can just be who you are. I think in the SEC, you will face some really good players. Everyone knows that. So you have to be in the film room. You have to be working out, and giving it everything you got at practice. As a team, we haven’t had the year we were hoping for, but I can say it isn’t because we weren’t prepared. I am not sure of all of it, but I know we have been working and doing what we have to. Playing in the SEC you have to be ready.”
Moving forward he spoke about what he feels he can bring to an NFL team.
“I can say that they are getting a guy that will work his tail off. He will always do the best he can. I am going to be someone who goes in and does all the little things it takes to be a success and a good teammate. I want my coaches to know that I am always working and doing the right thing. I can play this game at a high level. I hope they see that in my film, but also I just need a shot to prove myself every day. I will continue to do so.”
The draft buzz on George Allan has been pretty consistent. He is a guy that can take away an entire side and make it hard on the quarterback. He can play inside and out and move around the defense to add value to any team. Amongst NFL circles, Allan has been a name that you hear quite often. He may not be a media darling completely, but the guys making the decisions seem to like him. I asked Allan, his thoughts on the draft buzz, and hype he has been receiving as of late?
“Honestly I don’t entertain it. I need to stay focused. You see this a lot, so I am sure you hear it all the time, but I need to keep my focus on my game. I need to keep my mind on my game and winning each day. Getting better all the time. That is the mindset for me. So, while it has been nice to hear once in a while, I don’t care about it. It is words, and I still have tons of work to do. The rest will take care of itself.”
I ask you to watch the tape on this young man. He has the skills set to be a real difference-maker at the next level. While you may not hear his name as much as he deserves. The draft buzz on Vanderbilt’s cornerback Allan George will only continue to boost the closer we get to the 2021 NFL draft.