Pick 64: Seahawks select Zach Allen, DL Boston College
Zach Allen is an interesting fit for Seattle because he isn’t a true edge rusher or “Leo”. He also isn’t an insanely gifted athlete relative to others at his position. But there are 3 criteria that Allen does fit: length, agile, and motor.
Allen’s 34 3/4 inch arms are 90th percentile. His 4.36 20-yard shuttle ranks in the 78th percentile. And by watching even a few minutes of his film, the motor is evident. Seattle tries to identify players who love football and after the risk they took on Malik McDowell, they have been true to this philosophy.
Allen doesn’t have a set position. His best spot may be as a 5-technique like Red Bryant. He is smart and instinctual on the field. This helps Allen get more from his athleticism than most would. Allen is advanced with his hand technique and is able to stack and shed blockers.
Allen has a long track record of production at BC both in the passing game and running game. His long arms certainly come in handy. He knocked down 19 passes in his years at Boston College, allowing him to disrupt the passing game even when he doesn’t get home.
Most years, Zach Allen would be a top 50 pick and a team who loves his intangibles may still take him there. But this class is loaded up with pass rushing prospects, so guys will fall through the cracks. While the Seahawks typically want better athlete’s than Allen, the production and tape is too much to ignore.