Houston Texans Visit with Cornerback Brian Allen
As the Houston Texans continues to wind down their draft evaluations, we are starting to get a better idea of which players the team might target in the NFL Draft. With official visits, of which each NFL team gets 30, we can start to get a picture for which players and positions of need can be addressed in the draft. Today, we look at one of those players, cornerback Brian Allen out of the University of Utah.
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Brian Allen is an interesting study in this year’s stacked cornerback draft class. He was originally recruited to the University of Utah as a wide receiver, but switched to the defensive side of the ball in 2015. Last season, Allen recorded 10 passes defensed and had 4 interceptions. He is an older draft prospect, as he will turn 24 during his rookie season. Currently, Allen is projected as a mid-late day three draft pick.
Allen has a big, tall frame for a cornerback. He checks in at 6-foot 3-inches, weighing in around 215 pounds. With his size, Allen has the build that makes him an intriguing late round prospect with upside. Even though he is 23 years old, he is still new to the cornerback position, and could blossom with the right scheme and team.
Allen is still a day three prospect for a reason, however. Despite his size, Allen was not an effective tackler in college. Furthermore, he struggled, as most day three prospects do, with consistency from snap to snap. He has experience playing in man, zone, and press coverage schemes. However, he needs to learn to use his size to his advantage. If he can correct his technical issues in coverage, he has the skills to flourish into a valuable secondary member in the NFL.
Houston Texans Take:
The Houston Texans are looking for depth at several positions going into the NFL Draft. One of those positions is cornerback, where the team saw A.J. Bouye depart in free agency. With no free agents signed, the team could stand to add a depth piece in the later rounds. Behind Johnathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson, and Kevin Johnson, Brian Allen would fill a bench role in 2017. However, he can learn behind the veterans and look to push for starting snaps in 2018 and beyond.