This year I wrote the player rankings and evaluations for the USA Today 2012 NFL Draft magazine. It's on newsstands now and available online here. Leading up to the draft, I'll be reprinting some of my quick reports here.
Jeff Allen, Illinois
Height: 6'4, Weight: 306 pounds
Strengths: A team captain with a lot of experience playing right and left tackle and can play either side. Good athleticism and quickness for the position. When his technique is sound, Allen uses his hands nicely.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t always play physical and will need to be motivated on the field by coaches. Seems to absorb contact instead of being the person initiating it.