Penn State safety Marcus Allen earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last season thanks to leading the Nittany Lions with 110 total tackles. He could have chosen to declare for the NFL after his junior season.
But Allen returned to school, and many view him as one of the top players at his position. NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks is the latest person to echo that sentiment.
Brooks, a former NFL player and scout, has been unveiling his top-5 players at several positions. On Tuesday, he ranked the defensive backs. And Allen, the only Big Ten player on the list, came in at No. 4. He joined Florida State safety Derwin James and cornerback Tavarus McFadden, Alabama cornerback/safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander.
In his description of Allen, Brooks praised the 6-foo-2 senior’s versatility. Allen can stop the run, Brooks said, but is also “athletic enough to be a factor against the pass.”
So, regardless of how Allen’s season in State College turns out, Brooks believes his skills should translate to the professional ranks.
“In a league skewing toward the pass,” Brooks said in his description, “a long, athletic safety with pop could be a hot commodity when the draft rolls around.”
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