Round 5, Pick No. 178 Overall (Compensatory): SF 49ers select tight end Chase Allen, Iowa State
The SF 49ers are likely to get one compensatory draft pick for the loss of now-Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in free agency last offseason.
And it wouldn’t be a bad time to gamble on the upside of a sheer physical specimen who could create all kinds of mismatch nightmares at the NFL level.
Such is Iowa State tight end Chase Allen.
|*2017||Iowa State||Big 12||FR||TE||4||4||39||9.8||0||0||0||0||4||39||9.8||0|
|*2018||Iowa State||Big 12||SO||TE||5||8||84||10.5||0||0||0||0||8||84||10.5||0|
|*2019||Iowa State||Big 12||JR||TE||10||17||167||9.8||2||0||0||0||17||167||9.8||2|
|2020||Iowa State||Big 12||SR||TE||5||13||173||13.3||2||0||0||0||13||173||13.3||2|
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference
At 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds, Allen is one of the biggest possible targets in this year’s draft and doesn’t shy away from using his frame to his advantage, both as a run blocker and a receiving target.
He’s not overly savvy with his routes and won’t win with footwork.
But there’s plenty of sheer mismatch potential here for San Francisco to take a flier on him. Particularly as a red-zone weapon or short-area target where 50-50 balls are much more common.