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2012 NFL Draft: Getting To Know New Chiefs OL Jeff Allen

The Kansas City Chiefs actually followed the expectations set before them in the second round with the selection of Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Allen. There's been a long run of tackles and guards this round already, so it's not surprising to see the Chiefs getting a player while they can. Allen is a respected player expected to go about this time, and Scouts, Inc. even had a mock draft that predicted this move for the Chiefs.

Allen played tackle at Illinois on both sides and was second team all Big Ten. Wes Bunting has him moving inside at the pro level and writes, "He's not an overpowering run blocker, but can bend, gain leverage and seal inside. He's smooth and coordinated in pass protection, can keep his base down and warrants a higher grade because of it. Needs to play inside at the next level, but looks like a guy who can start in the league."

At 6-5, 315 lbs, Allen has a nice frame and will instantly add much needed depth to the offensive interior. Whether or not he can take over for Ryan Lilja remains to be seen.

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