Round 2: Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College
There was a time early in the season where it looked like Allen had a chance to be a first round selection. He didn’t enjoy a great final season at Boston College, but when you watch him on tape it’s easy to see how his game will effectively translate to the next level.
The one question about Allen’s game is whether or not he has enough athleticism to really rush the passer consistently against top-tier NFL tackles. The effort is obviously there. This guy plays the game the right away. He’s just not blessed with exceptional bend or speed when he’s trying to come around the corner.
On the other hand, he does project to be a solid player against the run. He’s not a lightweight who will get blown off the ball in the ground game. He can set a physical edge and turn plays back inside. That makes him well suited to be a DE2, but he shouldn’t be drafted with the idea that he’s going to be the Cowboys’ premier edge rusher.
To put it more plainly, drafting Allen is a move that Dallas should make if they’re able to keep Lawrence on the team. Otherwise, they might be better suited to roll the dice on an edge rusher with a little more upside. Allen will be a solid starter for the better part of his career, but he’s unlikely to ever develop into a Pro Bowler.