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Zach Allen | Defensive End

Team: Boston College Eagles
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 285

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Boston College senior edge rusher Zack Allen accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Allen (6'5/272) has been a stalwart for the Eagles since enrolling at the school. He considered entering the draft as a junior, but he came back and helped Boston College to one of their best seasons in years, and he showed the ability to rush the passer and help in the run game as well. He'll be a player that has lots of eyes on him when he heads to Mobile in January. Nov 26 - 2:54 PM

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NFL Draft Scout's Ric Serritella lists Boston College senior edge rusher Zach Allen as a player to watch this Saturday when he faces Clemson.

Allen has shown flashes of brilliance in 2018 for the Eagles, but a big showing against Clemson and their quality offensive line would do wonders for his draft stock to Serritella. He notes the 6-foot-5, 272-pound defender "can rush the quarterback when lined up on the edge," and that he isn't a one-trick pony in terms of pass-rush moves. " The Connecticut native takes great pride in his technique, demonstrates a high motor, is relentless in pursuit and possesses excellent athleticism for his size," writes Serritella. We're excited to see how he handles the spotlight.
Nov 9 - 7:12 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard lists Boston College senior edge rusher Zach Allen as a player who saw his stock rise for his performance in Week 5.

Allen had a breakout game on Saturday against Temple. He registered two sacks, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble against the Owls. The 6-foot-5, 272-pound defender has long intrigued as a pass-rusher, but there have been consistency issues for the senior. " His build looks more like an interior player, but although he’s not a great athlete, Allen still shows the ability to rip under contact and run the arc as an edge rusher," writes Ledyard. "He’s an extremely intriguing prospect who is already getting first round buzz."
Oct 1 - 6:04 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that at this juncture, he's assigned a higher draft grade to Boston College senior edge rusher Zach Allen than he did former Eagle DE Harold Landry at the same developmental stage.

Pauline notes that he's not playing ball by the conventional rules with this one, as his Allen-over-Landry grade as of current is "in direct contrast to league scouts." The analyst goes on to write that the 6-foot-5, 272-pound Allen "can be used at end in a four-man line or on the outside in a three-man front, and he can even play inside as a pass rusher on third downs" and that he's Landry's better both in terms of "size" and "growth potential." Pauline sees a Day 1 selection of Allen as very possible in next spring's draft.
Jul 26 - 4:07 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler is keen on the body control and lateral quickness of Boston College senior edge rusher Zach Allen, but cautions that "his average get-off athleticism won't scare many NFL offensive tackles."

Brugler likes that Allen "uses pad level and his explosive upper body to work through the shoulder of blockers" but would like to see "better creativity and secondary measures instead of (his) relying on his power and intensity to wear down the edge." The 6-foot-5, 272-pounder could have declared for this past spring's draft along with teammate Harold Landry -- he likely would have been drafted on Day 2 had he foregone the remainder of his college eligibility -- but opted instead to return to school for one more year, after which he will try his best to stand out to NFL squads in what's going to be a potentially historic defensive line class.
Jun 27 - 2:04 PM

Boston College junior edge rusher Zach Allen will return for the 2018 season.

While the Eagles will be out one Mr. Harold Landry come the start of the 2018 season, partner in crime Allen will be bringing it all back home for one more run. He played fantastic ball during the 2017 season, registering 100 tackles (15.5 for loss), four sacks and three passes defended on the year and did not miss a game during the campaign. Once he does enter the draft pool following his final year in 2018, he's very likely to be in the Day 1 conversation.
Jan 7 - 2:36 PM

Boston College junior edge rusher Zach Allen ended up with 42 stops in 2017, the most of any FBS edge rusher on the season.

Allen (6'4/280) reportedly has made the decision not to enter the 2017 draft, but if he were to enter, he'd likely be one of the first defensive ends off the board. Not only has excelled against the run, he also has three sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss for the Eagles in 2017. Assuming he doesn't enter, he'll rank near the top of edge rushers in the 2018 class.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 07:40:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Boston College junior DE Zach Allen will return to school for his final season of eligibility in 2018.

"Those close to the situation point to several reasons," Pauline writes, "including the fact that Allen, who comes from an accomplished family, has not graduated and is only 20 years old." The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder could potentially land as a top-45 pick if he did declare. This season, he registered 93 tackles (14.5 for loss), three sacks and three passes defended while playing in all 12 of Boston College's games.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 03:30:00 PM

Boston College junior DE Zach Allen has made 37 stops in 2017, the most of any edge defender in the FBS this year.

Allen (6'4/280) has really seen his stock rise, and leading all edge players in stops is a pretty good example of how well he's played the run this season. Most of the attention goes to teammate and fellow edge player Harold Landry -- and he's certainly the better NFL draft prospect at this point -- but Allen gives the Eagles a second potential top 100 pick on the line.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 08:00:00 PM

Boston College junior DE Zach Allen "has proven to be a legitimate NFL prospect" this fall, writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder essentially receives no pub playing across from Harold Landry, but Allen actually has more tackles and just as many TFL as Landry this fall. "Allen’s impressive physical skills are only bettered by his non-stop intensity, as he’s constantly around the ball making plays," Pauline wrote. "Though I’ve heard no mention he’ll enter the 2018 NFL Draft, we presently grade Allen as a top-125 prospect."
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 03:47:00 PM

Boston College HC Steve Addazio said that junior DE Zach Allen will have a "breakout year."

"I promise you. He is an elite player. That’ll be a mistake if you turn him into a single block," Addazio said. This past season, the 6-foot-5, 272-pound Allen registered 36 tackles (10.0 for loss), six sacks and four passes defended. Allen has played in 25 games during his first two seasons with the Eagles, including one start to date.
Source: Diehards
Thu, Aug 3, 2017 06:40:00 PM