Braelon Allen Draft Profile | Wisconsin, RB Scouting Report

At 19 years old, Wisconsin RB Braelon Allen is already one of college football's most dominant runners. What does his 2024 NFL Draft scouting report look like?

Wisconsin RB Braelon Allen has been one of college football’s most productive runners for two years. Is that production translatable on the 2024 NFL Draft circuit? This scouting report looks at Allen’s diagnostic traits and delineates his expected capital in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Braelon Allen Draft Profile and Measurements

  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 245 pounds
  • Position: Running Back
  • School: Wisconsin
  • Current Year: Junior

A two-way four-star recruit out of high school, Allen played safety, and running back, and was projected by some as a linebacker because of his frame. But he quickly found his way into the starting lineup as a running back for Wisconsin, and that opportunity has yielded fruitful results through 2021 and 2022.

Over those two years, Allen has been a dominating force on the Big Ten stage. In 2021, he amassed 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns on 186 carries, averaging almost seven yards per attempt. In 2022, he tacked on 230 carries, 1,242 yards, and 11 touchdowns to his career totals.

Allen is already on a potentially historic pace through his first two years — that is if he stays in college for more than three years. Is Allen a candidate to declare early for the 2024 NFL Draft? That’s what we’re here to discuss.

Braelon Allen Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Has elite overall size, and will be just 20 years old as an NFL rookie.
  • Can easily absorb and bounce off solo hits with his tightly-packed midsection.
  • High-level goal-line back with his size and mass, and can plow through the trenches.
  • For his size, has great long-track accelerative capacity, and can be difficult to slow.
  • Flashes the necessary foot speed to snap inside power run creases and dart upfield.
  • He can quickly reset his feet and sustain leg churns following contact with his center of gravity.
  • Has the grating play strength and contact balance to fight through successive tackles.
  • Can sift through congested areas and carve his way into space like an icebreaker.
  • Actively uses his length and high-end play strength to pry past occluding defenders.
  • Has good long speed once he hits open space and can extend long runs.
  • Has enough lateral agility to off-set solo defenders in space with gallop-steps.
  • Flashes solid vision on inside zone runs and can adjust his tracking angle to follow lanes.
  • Has shown he can quickly recognize backside lanes on counter runs off the exchange.
  • On occasion, shows he can extend beyond his frame for high passes.
  • Size and play strength naturally translate on pass-blocking reps.

Weaknesses

  • Has noticeable hip stiffness and isn’t a free-flowing or fluid lateral mover.
  • Doesn’t have the lateral freedom or creative instincts to dart around early contact.
  • Hip stiffness limits the angles Allen can cut and bend while keeping his stride.
  • Doesn’t quite have the swivel freedom to redirect at 90-degree angles to evade.
  • Lacks elite initial burst and explosiveness, and works in congestion out of necessity.
  • Strides and short-area movements are not quick, diluting adaptability under duress.
  • Full-field vision is questionable, as he sometimes misses wide-open lanes outside.
  • Frequently passes up opportunities to bounce to the boundary and utilize space.
  • Can be too quick to decelerate and hesitate when faced with congestion.
  • Sometimes defers to congestion and fails to adapt when initial interior lanes close.
  • Hip stiffness limits maximum stride length and governs his long speed below elite levels.
  • Can maintain discipline with blocking footwork to increase recovery freedom versus blitz.
  • Sometimes overshoots rushers when blocking on the move, and keeps his hands too wide.
  • Lacks great receiving instincts with his hands, and stiffness limits route running upside.

Current Draft Projection and Summary

On my 2024 NFL Draft board, Allen grades out as a late Day 3 pick. He’s in the draftable range as a prospect, but his profile isn’t as upside-laden or as all-encompassing as his production would suggest, and he could be drowned out by more versatile RB prospects in the 2024 class.

Allen has a lot of conceptual factors ruling in his favor. He’s a massive runner at 6’2″, 245 pounds. He’ll be just a 20-year-old rookie without too much wear on his tires. And his documented athleticism is impressive. Per the Feldman’s Freaks list from the 2022 offseason, he has a 10-yard split of just 1.49 seconds.

The metrics and production support Allen’s early-round bid, but it doesn’t always translate on tape. Allen doesn’t quite show off the elite explosiveness upfield that his numbers suggest. And while he does have solid vertical speed once he gets going, he’s a linear runner who lacks great agility, fluidity, or creative instincts.

Allen experiences frequent delays when he needs to decelerate or adjust his running leverage, and he also lacks the full-field vision to identify cutback lanes outside. Allen is built like a power runner, and that’s how he profiles on the field. He’s massive and physical, but he’s also not very dynamic, not adaptable, and lacks versatility in the passing phase.

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Allen’s size, youth, baseline interior vision, and contact utility should help him earn a rotational role as a short-yardage and goal line back at the next level, who could take on added volume when needed. But Allen may never be an impact two-phase NFL starter despite his dominant collegiate production.

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