Areas for Improvement
Allen has played sides of the ball in high school, so his hands are one of his assets as a defensive back. His ball skills are a real plus. He has above average arm length for a corner and that helps against the passing and running game. He doesn't mind getting in there and mixing it up and playing physical. He is better now on the line of scrimmage than he is when asked to play off the ball. He is fairly instinctive as well.
He has good initial quickness and he is betting reacting quickly to make a play on the ball than he is asking to recover when the receiver gets away from him. His top-end speed is average right now, so that can really improve. He is an OK tackler. He can tackle a little high and at times dive at the opponent. At the line of scrimmage, he can get in there and knock a receiver off his route and throw the timing off, but he needs to work on his back pedal. Just making it a little more smooth and having better balance will help him a lot.
Overall, Allen is a good football player. He likes to compete and he comes from a very good program in the state of Alabama. He is tough, he likes to mix it up, and he has very good hands. He can make a play on the ball and he has a very good feel for the game. He also has been used as a return man in high school, so that shows you how reliable his hands are and what type of athlete he is. He will continue to fill out, his technique will improve, and this is a solid get for the Bruins.