Defensive End Jared Allen Selected in 4th Round

There have been plenty of successful Division 1-AA players that have had success in the NFL. The Chiefs hope they found another prime time player in defensive end Jared Allen from Idaho State.

Last year Hared Allen led the nation with 17.5 sacks. Not to shabby when you consider he also had 102 tackles (48 solo) and has three interceptions in his career at Idaho State.

In fact Allen was the Big Sky Conference Defensive player of the year in 2003 and won the prestigious Buck Buchanan award for the leagues top defensive honor.

Allen stands 6'6" tall and currently weighs 265 pounds. The Chiefs think he'll play closer to 285 pounds but they love his motor. The way Chiefs head coach talked about Allen after the selection he sounded like he was a young Grant Wistrom type.

The other interesting aspect of Allen is the fact that he's been Idaho State's long snapper the past four years. The Chiefs have a stellar deep snapper in Kendall Gammon but Allen could eventually be groomed to replace Gammon and serve as his back up the next one or two seasons.

Kansas City Chiefs Vice President of player personnel Lynn Stiles has no concerns that Allen did not play Division I football the last four years.

"He's kind of a late bloomer, " said Stiles. "I can't tell you all the ramifications why he ended up there rather than Division I. But the fact of the matter is that he's made the best use of it. We're seeing more and more of it today with Division I-AA players coming out and being high draft picks."

The one thing about Allen is that he's improved each and every year. He's someone who could turn out to be an eventual replacement for Vonnie Holliday or Eric Hicks. Regardless, he'll add much needed depth to the defensive line.


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