Continuing my theme of the week on players I believe could significantly alter their stock with a strong performance in the upcoming all-star games , I present to you cornerback Cortez Allen of The Citadel who practiced today with the West Team at the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Florida.
At 6'2, 195 pounds, Allen has rare size for the cornerback position. He's been a standout at The Citadel throughout his career and with so many of the top small school prospects in recent years having played cornerback, scouts from every team in the league have come to see him.
Quite honestly, I wasn't terribly impressed with Allen's play when I had the opportunity to watch him on tape this year. Like many corners his size, he struggled flipping his hips and didn't appear to possess the burst out of his breaks that I feel is necessary to be effective in coverage against NFL-caliber receivers. I didn't see a cornerback particularly interested in supporting the run, either.
However, this wasn't against lesser competition. Sometimes players at the lower levels trick you, as they've rarely been forced to push themselves against subpar competition. Allen has earned all-conference (SoCon) after each of his two seasons as a full-time starter.
Clearly, Allen has the size and athleticism that coaches can't give players. A strong performance this week at the East-West Shrine game could answer questions that I -- and more importantly, NFL scouts -- have about his game.
The East-West Shrine Game is scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 pm EST. The game will be televised by The NFL Network.
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