Don't sleep on Cardinals DL Zach Allen

Zach Allen was one of PFF's highest graded defensive lineman last season and many draft experts thought he could go as high as the 1st round. Zach Allen should bring versatility to the Cardinals front.

Zach Allen was a great selection by the Cardinals in the 2019 draft. I have him my 36th overall player on my draft board and would have easily taken him early 2nd round. Zach Allen was one of PFF's highest graded defensive lineman last season and many draft experts thought he could go as high as the 1st round. Zach Allen should bring versatility to the Cardinals front.

Zach Allen Spider Web

Draft expert, Dane Brugler had this to say about Allen, "While not a speed demon off the edge, Allen is a coordinated athlete who can surprise blockers with his lower body quickness, using natural bend and grip strength to leverage the point of attack. Several of his sacks are based more on hustle, but that isn’t a negative thing because it helps illustrate his intense effort whenever he is on the field – and he rarely leaves the field. With his well-rounded skill set as a run defender and developing pass rusher, Allen projects as a long-term NFL starter as either a base end or five-technique lineman."

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When he gets his chance, this man finishes plays. Check out the effort here. Pokes the ball out.
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Allen has great hand use. Very advanced, very refined, very positive across the board. See it in run and pass. Watch him rip through this block by the left guard in the run game. Makes the tackle.
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<em>Allen's rip move here versus the right tackle, his favorite to win the edge against tackles. Forces the QB to climb and escape.</em>
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Allen isn't perfect, he can struggle more against power/gap schemes than zone. Against zone, he can flow, stay ahead of the linemen reaching, and use his hands to shed and rip the gap. Not as successful versus man schemes.
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<em>See how he sets up the Temple left tackle. Inside move and then works the outside. That’s attacking the linemen half-man. Attacking part of his body so it’s easier to get around him than trying to go down the middle.</em>

Zach Allen is a great player to add outside the top 40 picks and should bring versatility to the Cardinals front.  He's a smart, hard working player that's surprisingly great athlete for his size. I love this pick and Allen should be able to contribute right away in his rookie season. Let me  know your thoughts in the comments below and make sure to follow me on Twitter @TylerJaggi

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How do you think Zach Allen do for the Cardinals?