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An average athlete for the runningback position. Has serviceable speed, but will not break off long runs or be able to take the corner in the NFL. Is a fluid runner, but lacks true explosiveness. Uses frequent jump cuts and flashes good burst, but rarely is able to plant and go for whatever reason when on the field.
Inside Run: C-
Is taller and leaner than the typical runningback and is not an ideal fit as a between the tackles, downhill runner. Has trouble reading blocks on the interior and will hesitate before hitting the hole, negating whatever burst he has. Dances too much and is easily bottled up behind the line when he attempts to bounce outside. Is not a pure downhill runner and shows too much east-west movement inside. Able to get skinny and slip through creases and will run his feet on contact. Lacks the power to break tackles head-on and will get stood up on contact. Gets stronger as the game goes on, and could become a bellcow if he can run with more authority in the first three quarters.
Outside Run: C+
Lacks great speed and athletic ability to take the corner, but is able to set up his blocks on the outside and pick up chunk yardage outside the tackles. Has quick feet to make his initial defender miss and can stick his foot and make a sharp lateral cut. Bigger and stronger than most defensive backs and can pose a problem when he gets into space. However, he lacks the ability to routinely get into space as a runner and is best utilized as a receiver in this way.
Possesses a prototypical frame for a pass protector in the backfield. Long, but somewhat underpowered and is not as successful when anchoring and digging in as he is when blocking on the move or with some momentum going forward. Has the potential to develop into an above average blocker and to become a reliable third down back.
Perhaps his best trait out of the backfield. Presents a bigger than average target for a runningback is an experienced route runner. Has a very quick transition after the catch and shows the ability to cut quickly upfield. Is sure-handed and will catch the ball in stride, but will suffer from some focus drops. Shows good concentration when catching over the middle, but will get careless when he knows he has room to make a play after the catch.
Red Flags: Age, Frame
Bottom Line: Though not without talent, Javorious Allen lacks a true home as a runner, as he is not a powerful between-the-tackles guy, or an explosive take-the-corner speedster. Allen’s best traits shine on third down where he is an at least average blocker with upside, and a very good receiver (minus the occasional drop). Might fit best in a zone blocking scheme and as a specialty back in the passing game and in the fourth quarter.
Comparison: Charles Sims
Grade: 7.7 (4th Round)
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