Scouting Report: Nate Allen

Written by Will Spencer on April 20, 2010

Nate Allen

Position: S School: South Florida
Height: 6’0 1/2" Weight: 207 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: -.–

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

2nd Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 7
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 8.5

Defensive Back Specific Categories


Max. Value


Ball Skills 10 7
Man Coverage 10 7.5
Zone Coverage 10 8
Tackling 6 5
Run Stopping 6 4.5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7
Physicality 6 5

Explanation of Player Grading System


Very fluid athlete. Flips his hips and changes directions with ease. Physical with receivers. Will fight for the ball while it’s in the air. Not afraid of contact and a willing tackler. High quality instincts and can read/diagnose plays. Reads QB’s eyes well while in zone coverage. Not afraid to jump on routes. Good body control and balance. Good footwork and backpedal. Can match up with many receivers in man coverage. Good playing at the line in press coverage.


Ball skills are only above average. Not an interception machine. Will take some false steps. Can be over-aggressive at times and guess routes. Doesn’t match up well with quicker wide receivers. Though he is a willing run support tackler, he doesn’t like to take on backs head on and will try to shoulder bump or take out the legs.


Nate Allen is a bit under the radar as a safety prospect with big names like Eric Berry, Earl Thomas and Taylor Mays sitting in front of him. He has a lot of experience playing at South Florida and made a tremendous amount of tackles for a safety. He’s very fluid and athletic but not a great “in the box” type player, which means he’s going to be better suited to play free safety at the next level. Allen has solid instincts and would be considered more of a ball-hawking safety if he had better ball skills and was able to bring down more interceptions. However, he does have the ability to break up passes consistently and make open field tackles on receivers.


Three year starter at South Florida.

Awards and Honors

2009: 2nd team All-Big East.
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a


Communications major at South Florida.


Missed four games in 2006 with a quad injury. Did not run the 40 at the Combine or his pro day due to a hamstring issue.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 80 39 41 0 1 5 0
2008 53 38 15 1 0 1 0
2007 81 55 26 0 1 4 1
2006 2 0 2 0 0 0 0

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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