NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Quarterbacks rise post-combine, Redskins land pass catcher
I’ve been a big fan of Zach Allen in this draft process, and think he’s underrated. In the lead-up to the draft, he’s a guy that could rise, and I think the Chiefs will like him.
With the Chiefs shifting to a 4-3 defense, the team may need to rethink the personnel they have up front. They are already trying to part ways with Justin Houston and may consider trading Dee Ford as well. If that happens, the team will need to add a quality player to their edge rush. And that could be Allen.
I mocked Allen to the Chiefs in my last mock draft, and here’s something that I said about him in my first mock draft of the season.
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"Allen may look like a positional tweener to some, but in reality, he is scheme versatile. He can play the five-technique in a 3-4 defense while he would likely move around a defensive line in a 4-3 scheme. On early downs, he would serve as an edge-setting run defender while kicking inside as an interior rusher on passing downs. Early in his career, Allen may see more action on running downs, but he could develop into a superb all-around player if he continues to grow as a pass rusher. Allen reminds me a bit of a poor man’s J.J. Watt. He doesn’t have the same athletic ability as Watt, but he has that same motor and really good strength that should make him a solid starter at the NFL level. And if Allen continues to grow and develop as a player, he could end up being a steal."
Allen could play end on early downs and kick inside in pass rushing situations. He is the type of versatile player that the Chiefs would need to help reshape their defense.