With the 178th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
The Dallas Cowboys have taken what could be considered one mild risk in this draft when they selected WR George Pickens. Now it’s the point where the team can take a significantly more risky player in Crimson Tide pass rusher Christopher Allen.
The player is risky. The position of the pick is worth it late in the 5th round.
Christopher Allen has suffered two different season ending injuries as he was redshirted in 2018 before landing a second team All-SEC selection in 2020. He’d miss the 2021 season with a foot injury he suffered in the season opener.
Looking at the player, you can see why Christopher Allen would appeal to NFL scouts.
He has the type of chiseled up frame that reminds the average person of what separates the average person from being a professional athlete. Often times it shows up in his pass rush as well. While he does have the ability to get after the quarterback, his tool box isn’t exactly loaded. Relying on the same moves time and again.
Without the injuries we could be looking at Allen go in the 2nd or 3rd round.
The Dallas Cowboys could not only be adding depth as an OLB piece, but could provide another option on the EDGE. And you can never have too many EDGE rushers. Especially if Allen is able to overcome his injuries and stay on the field with any regularity.
Allen isn’t a traits guy. What he brings to the table will strictly be off his natural talent. Height and length are exceptionally average for a player making the transition from college to the NFL. So obviously this is a player with an uphill battle. But it’s a battle the Dallas Cowboys are willing to fight with their final 5th round pick.
Will Christopher Allen make an impact for the Dallas Cowboys someday? Only time will tell, but it’s well worth the pick. Especially with the Cowboys history in this particular round. They certainly can’t do any worse.