However, isn't a real natural runner in between the tackles at this stage and struggles to quickly decipher information and find run lanes inside. Has a tendency to too often bounce the football outside prematurely and doesn't look comfortable picking his way through traffic.Lacks ideal power in his lower half — despite his compact size — and has a tendency to get tripped up easily on contact. He has also struggled with some injuries over the course of his career, which will need to be monitored.
Impression: Has a good first step with the wiggle and acceleration to create in space, but at this stage doesn't look effective enough in between the tackles to be considered much more than an intriguing third-down threat."
Positive: Smallish, creative ball carrier who is also effective as receiver out of the backfield. Runs low to the ground, will pick and choose his spots on the inside, and can make several defenders miss over the course of a single run. Uses his blocks all over the field, finds running lanes, and uses an effective stiff arm to keep plays alive. Solid receiver out of the backfield.
Negative: More of a one-speed back and lacks a true burst. Not a strong ball carrier who can pick up yardage off initial contact or breaks tackles.
Analysis: Allen has been moderately productive at Notre Dame the past three seasons and shows enough skill to project as a third-down back/situational ball carrier in the NFL if he's healthy."