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Braelon Allen

Braelon Allen

RB - New York Jets

Height: 6' 1"Weight: 235 lbsAge: 20College: Wisconsin

2024 Outlook

Strength of Schedule
RB Rank: 28th (hard)
Draft Rank (ECR) #225
Best / Worst #144 / #329
ADP #169

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Braelon Allen owns the second-highest career dominator rating in the class (28%) after a lustrous career at Wisconsin. And he dominated since he first drew the starting job back in 2021 when he rushed for nearly 1,300 rushing yards and 12 TDs - en route to a 29% dominator rating. Allen achieved seven consecutive games with at least 100 rushing yards in his first season as a Badger.
He continued to find success over the next two seasons, although he never eclipsed the lofty expectations he set as a freshman at 17 years old. Regardless, his body of work is one of the best in the 2024 RB Draft Class, as is his average yards per play/snap (2.99).
And his size is rare to find among RBs nowadays at 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds. It's not quite Derrick Henry-level big, but it's as close as we have seen a highly-touted prospect enter the league at this size.
David Montgomery, Melvin Gordon and Henry were the first RBs Allen reminded me of after watching him on film. He runs with a ton of power and doesn't seem to lack the requisite speed for NFL purposes despite his size.
Allen also just turned 20 years old this past January. Certainly, possible he has massive room to grow given his youth. He did not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but jumped in the vertical and broad tests. Neither were overly impressive with a 32″ vertical (30th percentile) and 117″ broad jump (35th percentile). The fact that he didn't ever run a 40 creates concern that he's actually much slower than on tape, but he's probably just being smart to not do anything that could hurt his draft capital.
Allen would go in Round 4 to the New York Jets, to compete for the No. 2 RB spot behind Breece Hall.

Allen likely slots in as the early down thunder component to a committee. Allen is a volume-compiling grinding thumper back. Allen has a strong leg drive and can lower his shoulder and maul a defender. Once he gets a head of steam, defenders have to wrap him well, or they slide off him like water. He'll be at his best in the NFL in a gap/power run game scheme. The aim should be to get Allen moving downhill immediately. Once Allen is into the second level of a defense, his combination of power and nimble feet really plays up. He has impressive footwork and lateral agility for his size to compensate for an average burst. Allen can churn out chunk plays with his lateral agility and power, but you won't see many home runs in the NFL as his long speed isn't there. Allen has decent bend, but don't expect him to change directions once he's moving downhill wildly. Once this train gets rolling, he can bend onto a side track, but you won't see acrobatic start/stop theatrics. Allen is a functional pass catcher. He was utilized on check-downs and pop passes in college, so I don't expect him to develop into a priority pass game weapon in the NFL. Dynasty Outlook: The Jets love spending Day 3 picks on backup running backs. They did it last year with Israel Abanikanda (fifth round), and they did so again this year twice. Allen was the first of this year's crop, followed by Isaiah Davis. Allen will compete for the RB2 job in camp with Abanikanda and Davis but don't expect much work this year for whoever wins that job. Breece Hall is the team's bellcow, and with a full offseason to strengthen his knee, he could shoulder an even heavier load in 2024. Allen is in a large bucket of fourth-round dart throw backs that you can pick their name out of a hat. He makes the most sense for teams with Hall rostered. I was lower on his prospect profile than most and will be taking shots on other players in those later rounds of rookie drafts.