#69, Jared Allen, DE
(6060, 270, 4.69-4.91) Idaho State
Notes: Born Jared Scot Allen, 4/3/82, in Los Gatos, California. Attended Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., for three years before moving to Los Gatos High School in Los Gatos, California to live with his mother for his senior campaign. Was named first-team all-league and was the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Played in the California/Texas All-Star Game. Recorded 96 tackles, 12 sacks, 5 fumble recoveries and 5 forced fumbles as a senior. He graduated with a 2.65 grade point average. His parents are Ron Allen and Sarah Chapman. His father once went to training camp with the Vikings and played in the now-defunct USFL. He has a younger brother, Scot, who is a sophomore linebacker at Idaho State. He reportedly grew up a Raiders fan. As a youth, Allen also competed in several junior rodeos in the calf-roping and steer-riding events. He also grew up reining horses and currently owns three riding horses. Once his NFL career is over he plans on returning to the rodeo to compete in steer-wrestling. He has also run with the bulls in Pamplona, jumped out of an airplane and taken on a wild boar. Served as an intern with the Legacy Financial Group during the 2005 off-season. Hosted his own weekly TV show during the 2005 and 2006 seasons on KCTV-5. Served as a spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and raises funds through his "Sack Diabetes" program.
Off-field issues: Allen has been arrested/charged for Driving Under the Influence a total of three times within four years. Once in Pocatello, Idaho, on May 11, 2002, and twice within five months in Leawood, Kansas on May 11, 2006 and on September 26, 2006. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail as a result of the latter arrest. After a serious talking-to by his grandfather, Allen claims he has not had a drink since. "After the last DUI, I had to take a long look in the mirror," he said in a published interview. "I realized I was throwing away everything I love, and for what? I had always been afraid to grow up and have a normal life. But I realized it was finally time."
College: Played in eight games as a freshman (2000); totaled 36 tackles, 4 sacks, 11 tackles-for-loss, 8 passes defensed and an interception. Started 10 games his sophomore season (2001), recording 49 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 16 TFL, 3 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 PBU, one interception and a blocked kick as he earned All Big-Sky honors. Started 11 games his junior campaign (2002), posting 63 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 18 TFL, 4 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interception; was a second-team All-America selection of the Associated Press and Football Gazette, first-team All-West and first-team All-Big Sky Conference. Started all 12 games as a senior (2003), recording a team-high 102 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 9 PBU; set a school single-season record with 17.5 sacks and had another 28 tackles-for-loss. Earned unanimous first-team All-America and All-Big Sky Conference honors for his efforts, Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year and team MVP. Played in 41 college games (33 starts) at Idaho State; collected 250 tackles, 73 tackles-for-loss, 38.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries, 26 pass deflections, 3 interceptions and a blocked field goal. Was recognized as the Buck Buchanan Award Winner in 2003 as the premier defensive player in NCAA Division I-AA football. Majored in Mass Communications at Idaho State.
Pre-draft measurables: Checked in at 6050, 265 pounds with 14.9% body fat. Measured 32-inch arm length and 9 3/8-inch hands. Did 13 reps at 225 pounds. Recorded 1.64 10-yard dash, 2.74 20-yard dash, 4.69-4.91 40-yard dash, 33-inch vertical jump, 10'-0" broad jump, 4.34 short shuttle, 7.11 three-cone drill and a 22 Wonderlic score. Right-handed.
Pro: Originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round (No. 126 overall) in 2004. Signed a three-year contract with the Chiefs as a rookie. Signed a one-year restricted free-agent tender with Kansas City (5/22/07).
2004: Played in 15 games (10 starts) at right defensive end and on special teams; was inactive for one contest. Recorded 39 tackles, 3 tackles-for-loss, 27 QB pressures and 9.0 quarterback sacks.
2005: Saw action in all 16 games, starting the final 15 contests at right defensive end. Was first on the defensive line with 76 tackles, 8 TFL, 11.0 sacks, 54 QB pressures, 7 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 7 passes deflected.
2006: Started 16 games at right defensive end; recorded 75 tackles, 8 TFL, 3 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, 16 QB pressures, 7.5 sacks, 8 PBU and one interception.
2007: Allen was initially suspended for the first four games of the season by the league, but the suspension was reduced to the first two games following an appeal. After serving a two-game league-imposed suspension, he started 14 of 14 games and registered 64 tackles with a league-high 15.5 sacks, plus 10 passes deflected and earned Pro Bowl honors. In the first game back from his suspension, Allen had 8 tackles, 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and gave fits to Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie in Kansas City's 13-10 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. He reported to training camp in the best shape of his life with the help of Jui-jitsu martial arts training. He also caught 2 touchdown passes in goal-line situations this season.
In February 2008, the Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Allen, calling for a one-year, $8.8 million salary for 2008.
Acquired by the Vikings in a trade that broke April 22, 2008. After much speculation, the Vikings agreed to give up their 2008 first-round pick (No. 17 overall) and both of their third-round picks (No. 73 and No. 82 overall) in exchange for the Pro Bowl defensive end.
Positives: Relentless pass rusher. Owns tremendous natural instincts for the game and approaches each play with a tenacious attitude. Tall, lanky pass rusher who possesses great flexibility and an uncanny ability to bend his frame when coming off the edge. Can also use his speed to chase down ball carriers from behind or utilize his strength and athleticism to gain leverage on his foes. Seems to always find a way to get to the football. Flashes a sudden burst off the edge and can dip his shoulder and beat offensive tackles around the corner. Can also power into their frame and change directions with an inside move for the most direct path to the quarterback. Fights pressure well. Uses his hands well. Appears to get bounced around at times yet always seems to end up in the thick of the play. Has gotten better and better against the run and is not a one-trick pony. Smart, instinctive player who isn't easily fooled by misdirection. Has the lateral agility to string plays wide and shows the foot quickness to mirror tight ends and backs covering the pass in the short area. Possesses above-average balance and body control in his pursuit. Very emotional and vocal leader who plays from snap to whistle and seems to elevate the level of intensity of his teammates. Has lined up as an extra tight end in short-yardage situations and has caught touchdown passes near the goal-line. Can long snap; with a snap-toe average of 0.72-0.80 seconds (coming out) on long snapping chores.
Negatives: Does not possess a massive frame for taking on blockers at the point of attack. Does not truly stand up the tackle and collapse the line of scrimmage. Literally gets bounced around at times. Plays too tall at times. A bit of a grab-and-drag-down tackler sometimes. Has had too many off-field incidents and might be another lapse in judgment from facing an even longer league-imposed suspension.
Summary: A relentless pass rusher who steps right in and energizes the defense. Gives the Vikings exactly what their defense has needed and should team with the existing personnel to make the team's defense much-improved against the pass.
What they said:
"He's got a terrific personality. He's got a personality you like in the locker room. He's certainly goal-oriented, but also has a fun-loving spirit that everyone enjoys." - Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson
"To be a great player, I totally believe you have to take chances. You've got to be on that edge. I assumed I had to live my life like that. I had to live on the edge off the football field because that's how I played. I was going to have fun, go 100 miles per hour in everything I do. I didn't realize there was a separation between life and football. You kind of have to look at it that this is your job. A lot of people go to work and they come home and have a different life." - Allen in ESPN interview
"I'm at my best when my back's against the wall. I love people doubting me. I love being the underdog. I think I've been the underdog since I came into this league." - Allen
"You know what I like about Jared Allen? When he smells blood he goes in to kill." - Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham
"Jared Allen is probably one of the most underrated defensive ends in the league." - TSN.ca
"Jared Allen is a one-man machine out there. If the other 10 guys had the effort that Jared Allen does, the defense wouldn't give up a first down." - Jeffrey Flanagan, Kansas City Star
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