BRIAN ALLEN, Michigan State (6-foot-1, 304 pounds)
Projected Round: 7-FA
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The Panthers may elect to reach for a center who is currently under the radar with Kalil returning for at least one more season and Larsen likely to come back. If so, Michigan State center Brian Allen could be provided an opportunity either late on day three or immediately following the final draft selection.
Allen has made a name for himself due to his physicality and tough play. Even though he doesn’t have the height most teams prefer from their center, he would be learning from one of the best in the business and only slightly taller, for one season.
"Sources have told me that Allen is getting very late-round or undrafted free agent grades. They like Allen because he is a tough player who plays with a salty demeanor and is a physical blocker. He’s 6-foot-1, however, and there are very few centers who can stick in the NFL at that height. Allen also can’t get movement and struggles with odd fronts. He is a good college player, but has limitations that could prevent him from translating to the NFL."
The Panthers ultimately have some key decisions to make in the next couple of months, in addition to finding an owner and hiring a full-time general manager.
*Analysis via Charlie Campbell at WalterFootball.com