Wisconsin Badgers defensive tackle Beau Allen became the fifth Badger to be picked in the 2014 NFL Draft, going with the 224th overall pick in the seventh round to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Allen, 6-foot-2 ½ and 333 pounds, had 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks last season. There were some questions about ankle surgery performed to fix a torn ligament in 2013 that cost him some time last spring, but he never missed a game at Wisconsin.
He’s got the bulk and strength to develop into a two-gap anchor, but there are concerns about a limited upside and a lack of athleticism. He’s an adequate bull rush tackle who can move the quarterback off his spot, but doesn’t close well when he gets into the backfield.
Allen was praised by scouts, however, for his work ethic and his ability against the run. He can control blockers in a two-gap scheme and can protect linebackers when he stays low to battle double teams at the point of attack.
But he tends to stand up when he works upfield and can surrender ground in the process.