Kazmeir Allen, RB/WR, UCLA | NFL Draft Scouting Report

    Kazmeir Allen played wide receiver and running back at UCLA. What does his scouting report say about his prospects of being taken in the 2023 NFL Draft?

    Our rookie scouting reports combine film and analytics to provide the best possible predictions for player performance. With the 2023 NFL Draft less than a month away, let’s take a look at the scouting report for UCLA RB/WR Kazmeir Allen.

    Kazmeir Allen NFL Draft Profile

    • Position: Running Back/Wide Receiver
    • School: UCLA
    • Year: Redshirt Senior

    Allen was a three-star recruit out of Tulare Union High School in Tulare, California. While not the highly rated prospect, Allen was an impressive high school athlete. He scored an insane (and record) 72 touchdowns as a high school senior, while also winning the CIF State title in the 100-meter dash.

    After initially committing to Boise State, Allen changed his mind and elected to play college football at UCLA. As a freshman, he made his presence felt immediately, rushing for 103 yards on just five carries in his first-ever game. Allen went on to appear in another eight games but failed to match his Week 1 total in all of those games combined.

    Unfortunately, Allen’s freshman-year performance wasn’t enough to get him on the field much as a sophomore. So much so, that he was able to redshirt his sophomore season after appearing in just three games. As a redshirt sophomore in 2020, Allen appeared in just two games. Suffice it to say he didn’t do much when on the field.

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    In his junior season, Allen once again did next to nothing as a running back. However, he was a bit more involved through the air, catching 17 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns.

    Being unable to break through as a running back, Allen converted to wide receiver as a senior. He caught 49 passes for 403 yards and two touchdowns while adding 15 carries for 203 yards and another two scores on the ground.

    Overall, Allen finished his college career with 80 receptions for 762 yards and seven touchdowns through the air, with 68 carries for 550 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

    Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report for Kazmeir Allen

    Strengths: Versatile skill player who can line up at running back or receiver. Quick, plays faster than his 40 time, and displays a tremendous burst. Effectively follows blocks everywhere on the field, handling the ball, and quickly cuts back against the grain.

    Multi-cut ball carrier who turns on his burst in a single step. Finds the open lanes on the field and squeezes through the small openings of the offensive line. Reliable pass catcher who extends his hands and snatches the ball out of the air. Displays eye/hand coordination as well as strong hands. Shows a lot of potential as a return specialist.

    Weaknesses: Small and gets brought down at the point by a single defender. May not have a true position at the next level.

    Overall: Allen is an athletic and productive prospect who I believe will help a team at the next level as a third-down back, slot receiver, and/or return specialist.

    Kazmeir Allen Combine Measurements and Results

    • Height: 5’9″ (unofficial)
    • Weight: 175 pounds (unofficial)
    • Arm Length: N/A
    • Hand Size: N/A
    • Bench Press: 17 (pro day)
    • 40-Yard Dash: 4.53 (pro day)

    UCLA RB/WR Kazmeir Allen Current Draft Projection

    On Tony Pauline’s Big Board, Allen ranked 188th overall and projects to be drafted in Round 6. With a 3.38 grade, he’s Pauline’s RB19 in this class.

    Allen certainly doesn’t have the most conventional of profiles. He was a high school RB who didn’t convert to WR until his fifth year in college. Pauline still believes he will be drafted as a running back at the NFL level.

    College production is the most predictive indicator of NFL success. Even if you combine Allen’s rushing and receiving, he was not an overly productive player. This doesn’t bode well for his NFL prospects.

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    On a more positive note, Allen returned 21 kicks at UCLA and contributed heavily on special teams. While his 40 time isn’t super fast, Allen’s past as a track star proves he has quality long speed, leaving him well-positioned to be a capable special-teams player for an NFL team.

    When NFL coaches and general managers decide what fringe players to keep, the ones that play special teams often get the nod. That gives Allen more of a shot to make a roster.

    It’s always a challenge for Day 3 picks. If Allen is indeed around the 19th running back selected, he’ll be a toss-up to make an NFL roster. With that said, I do believe Allen’s special-teams acumen combined with his dual position experience, will compel a team to take a chance on him.

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