Chase Allen moved to wide receiver in 2020. Not as athletic as you would like to see. Size and frame are massive. Iowa State uses him as a slot weapon who can flex as a tight end or an H-Back. He is a good blocker, but does need to work on getting lower. Doesn’t catch well through traffic. Allen’s father was Terry Allen, the head football coach at Northern Iowa (1989-96), Kansas (1997-2001), and Missouri State (2006-2014). Allen was utilized as an inline tight end, an H-Back role, as well as a slot receiver at Iowa State. He was used mostly as a blocker, but a vertical threat tight end in their vertical zone run scheme.
TE – #11 Iowa State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Nixa (Nixa, MI)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8655)
Phil Steele: PS#63
Chase Allen Scouting Report
Not as fast or as athletic as he really needs to be. Lacks a lot of power. Has room to grow on his frame. Good explosion as an athlete. Footwork isn’t consistent. Struggles to keep his feet at times. Smooth at the top of his breaks, in and out of the route. Crisp through the route when he keeps his feet. Decent hands, was still the number two tight end on the team to Charlie Kolar.
Flashes the ability to catch well through contact. Uses his body well as a shield at the catch point. Works well as a chip blocker. Great strength as a run blocker. Works well into the second level to throw needed blocks. Works very well to the boundary. Doesn’t contribute very well as a blocker inline. Hands struggle to get on point. Will miss blocks with poor placement.
What we want to see from Chase Allen in Los Angeles
- Just how effective can Chase Allen be as a route runner and big slot receiver? A lot of Allen’s projection depends on that ability, as his frame is still a little bit small and he had room to grow. He doesn’t offer a lot of power or strength as a blocker, so he has to stand out as a receiver in 1v1’s as a mismatch against safeties and linebackers.
Pre-Collegiate Bowl projection
The entire projection of Chase Allen lies on his ability as a receiver. Potentially, he can offer a mismatch out as a big slot. If he can show some promise, teams may ask him to lose some weight. If they want him to play a more traditional tight end role, he could be asked to put on a little bit of weight. That’s the versatility that Allen offers at this point of his career.
We like Allen as a fifth/seventh-round draft pick in this class. His size, explosion, and athletic ability for his size can make him, potentially, a valuable receiver once he can develop.