Brian Allen: 2018 NFL Draft Prospect

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Brian Allen

Brian Allen enters his senior year at Michigan State as a four year letterman. Read how high he could go in the 2018 NFL draft.

College: Michigan State #65Michigan State Football

Position: Center

Height: 6-2

Weight: 304

40 Time: 5.02

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Notes

  • Also played defensive line in high school.
  • Won wrestling state championship.
  • Won state title in shot put.
  • Family affair. Older brother played for Michigan State, younger brother also plays for the Spartans. Dad also played for Spartans.
  • Played multiple positions on the offensive line.
  • First team Freshman All-American, 2014.
  • Second team All-Big 10, 2016.
  • Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy watch lists.

NFL Draft Board Breakdown

The NFL Draft Board.

Brian Allen is an early first round draft candidate for the 2018 NFL draft. As a Center/Guard he can provides an added utility to an NFL offensive line that other offensive linemen can’t provide.

The Center Position

Center is not a popular first round draft choice in the NFL. A pure center fails to make the 2017 NFL Draft Board. Dan Feeney is the only center/guard to show up on the 2017 NFL Draft Board.

The exciting positions for the first round lately have been cornerback, and edge rusher. In the NFL, centers seem to be plug and play. NFL teams have been plugging in centers and leaving them there for a decade.

That doesn’t leave a lot of demand for the center position around the NFL from year to year. And without a lot of turnover, the need for center lags.

Here is an excellent article from the Bleacher Report on NFL player production by position.

Brian Allen Draft Position

The 2018 NFL mock drafts on the NFL Draft board have Brian Allen as a late first round draft choice. This will fluctuate with the 2017 season. Brian Allen carved out a top notch NFL resume while at Michigan State. As Michael Jordan said, “The ceiling is the roof,” for Brian Allen.

Meaning Brian Allen could go very high in the 2018 NFL Draft. And barring an injury, or other black swan event, he won’t go much lower than the early second round in the 2018 NFL draft.

From the Bleacher Report article Brian Allen can possibly provide a team a bedrock foundation at center for 8-15 years. With that much production, there won’t be much room for future centers to move into his position.

 

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