Only six players in Penn State's rich football history have made over 300 tackles. That Allen became No. 6 as a free safety says more about how he filled his role in the Nittany Lions' defensive game plan than any deficiencies the team may have had on that side of the ball.
Used often in the tackle box as an eighth defender against the run, Allen finished with 325 career stops, including 72 as a senior, when his stats dipped slightly. He was a first team All-Big 10 pick, also contributing four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and his first career interception.
The question about Allen is his ability to cover receivers at an adequate level in the NFL. In 46 career starts at Penn State, his only interception occurred in 2017. Scouts think he's too cautious in coverage and could stand to take more chances.
Allen tends to use his hands to keep receivers within reach when covering vertical routes and lacks the short-area agility to cover slot receivers. Allen's willingness to support the run and his team-first attitude are pluses that will result in some team taking him late in the third round. In the right system, he'll be very useful.
--Field Level Media