2. Dejon Allen, Offensive Tackle/Guard, Hawaii
Dejon Allen is a great candidate to replace Don Barclay as the Packers’ versatile do-it-all lineman. Allen is an athletic player who has experience playing all five positions on the offensive line. However, his natural position is guard, a clear need for the Packers.
Allen would be a nice backup behind possible starter Justin McCray, who had an impressive 2017 season doing exactly what Allen does – playing where he’s needed. Allen earned 1st-team all-conference honors in 2017 by starting 10 games at left tackle.
One of the biggest downsides to Allen’s game is he’s undersized. At 6-foot-3, 290 lbs, he’d surely need to bulk up to at least 300 lbs if he wants a chance to stay on an NFL roster. Some things he does well include his recovery ability when beaten, as well as his quick feet in pass protection. He also tends to play a lot bigger than he really is.
The Packers had an official visit with Allen during the pre-draft process. He fits the mold as a versatile backup, and it seems as though the Packers liked what they saw. Expect Allen to be drafted in rounds 6-7.