Zach Allen

EDGE, Boston College

  • Conf Atlantic Coast - Atlantic
  • Jersey #2
  • Class Senior
  • HT 6'4⅛"
  • DOB 08/20/1997
  • WT 280 lbs




    Run Defense - Physical run defender that sets a firm edge. Not easily turned out of his gap and is aggressive with his hands to dictate reps. Anchor is fairly stout but he isn't immune to giving ground against drive blocks, especially on the inside. Locates the football extremely well and finds himself routinely around the football.

    Pass Rush - Wins with exceptional hustle, aggressive hand usage and play strength. Illustrates a fair amount of pass rush variety but counters are still developing. Does well to gain depth with initial three steps but isn't explosive enough to truly stress offensive tackles. Can stand to do more with his feet to set up his pass rush moves. Vision and attacking weaknesses in set points of his man is modest.

    Burst - Fairly fluid out of his stance and gains depth with initial steps. Lacks dynamic burst to consistently win around the outside edge track. Plays under control. Has enough short area quickness to be an effective gap shooter against the run and pass.

    Effort - Motor always runs hot. Aggressive and urgent player in pursuit of the football and finishes plays routinely on account of hustle. Not content staying blocked and works hard to disengage. Fires off the ball with intent.

    Hand Technique - Does well to play aggressively and violently with his hands. Is intentional about using his hand combating skills to keep his pads clear and close on the football. Can string together moves with good timing.

    Flexibility - Tightly wound hips make it difficult for him to corner tight angles and requires them to be softened. Lateral mobility and agility is lacking. Segmented with change of direction and transitions. Doesn't illustrate much in terms of twitch in the upper or lower half.

    Processing - Has an obvious understanding of determining where the ball is going based on how he's attempted to be blocked. Finds the football and finds his way. Works off contact in pursuit and finishes with consistency. Does well to get his hands up to disrupt throwing lanes on passing downs that he cannot generate pressure on.

    Play Strength - Holds his own at the point of attack but has some issues anchoring against drive blocks when defending interior gaps. Ability to convert speed to power is modest. Showcases good contact power and balance as a tackler and edge setter.

    Versatility - Has the upside to play in multiple spots in an even front although his pass rushing skill set as an outside rusher is somewhat limited and his ability to defend the run on the interior is inconsistent. Not a candidate for two-gapping duties.

    BEST TRAIT - Effort

    WORST TRAIT - Flexibility

    RED FLAGS - None

    Allen has been a highly productive for the BC Eagles over the last three seasons and is capable of factoring into an NFL defensive line rotation right away. A modest athlete with tight hips, projecting Allen to win around the corner consistently against NFL offensive tackles is hard to envision. While he does offer upside rushing interior gaps, there are limitations to him defending the run on the inside. Allen found success in college lining up in multiple spots along the defensive front and doing so in the NFL will help accentuate his playmaking ability given his limitations. By year three, Allen has the upside to start in an even front and be a productive player that is moved around based on situations.