4. Marcus Allen, Safety, Penn State
The Packers parted ways with safety Morgan Burnett this offseason, which is why Marcus Allen is a possible target. Allen is an above-average safety with good size at 6-foot-2 and 215 lbs. He has a linebacker’s mentality and isn’t afraid to get involved in run support.
Allen projects best as a strong safety, a position in question at the moment. Josh Jones is the presumptive starter, but a hot competition in training camp might change that. Similarly to Jones, Allen plays the game with a hunter’s mentality; unafraid to confront contact. He was also a well-liked leader in the locker room at Penn State and even served as a team captain.
With the departure of Morgan Burnett, the Packers need a defensive back capable of covering opposing tight ends. Allen has the ability to match up with bigger bodies. However, one of his downsides is his lack of instincts. He also may not have the long-speed to cover faster tight ends.
Allen is a work in progress, much like many other players on Day 3 of the draft. Most of the players taken in this range are preferences who front offices believe they can coach into better players. Allen is still very talented though and should come off the board in rounds 4-5.