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Allen played only one year of high school football, but that single season was impressive; he was named first-team all-state in Florida by the state's sportswriters (the team also included 2010 prospects RB Javarris James (Miami, Fla.), DT Linval Joseph (East Carolina), CB Sam Shields (Miami, Fla.) and 2011 prospect Ohio State senior linebacker Brian Rolle).
Allen took on the challenge of attending a military college, The Citadel. He played sparingly in four games as a true freshman, making two tackles, before redshirting the 2007 season due to injury.
Allen finally received more playing time in 2008, playing in all 12 games, starting six, making 39 tackles, two for loss and breaking up five passes. His breakout 2009 season earned him a spot on the Southern Conference's coaches second team; his 57 tackles ranked second on the team, and his three interceptions and five pass breakups led the squad.
The 2010 second-team All-Southern Conference pick (22 tackles, two INTs, five PBUs) has a build and movement quite similar to those of former Tennessee State star Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was Arizona's first-round pick in 2008. Allen has not been as productive as "DRC" and is not quite as physical, but has prototypical height and similarly quick feet. Those attributes should get him consideration in the mid-to-late rounds.
Strengths: Typically used in man coverage, lines up well off the line, in press-bail or occasionally in press. Excellent reaction time to attack the run and close on passes. Good range and hustle to chase down ballcarriers from behind. Quick hands, length and straight-line speed allow him to get good contact within five yards and stay with receivers down the sideline. Excellent height and vertical in one-on-one situations, FCS teams do not often test him downfield. Uses length and speed to recover if beaten on an inside or double move. Extremely quick feet and reactions on run plays, usually jumps around blocks to get into the play. Will also punch and slingshot around receiver to get off a block. Solid cut tackler whether supporting the run or in the open field; takes out the legs of oncoming receivers. Good hustle to help teammates, even to the opposite side of the field. Team captain in 2010.
Weaknesses: Height works against him when staying too high in his backpedal, forcing slow transition and opens up too early so receivers can be effective on stop routes. Loses concentration if not challenged during the game, which happens often because of his size and speed. Needs to get his head around quicker to deflect passes. Will be a step late planting to drive on the ball from his pedal, needs to tighten up the footwork. Lacks great upper-body strength to drag down stronger ballcarriers. Missed the 2007 season with a knee injury.
Allen was a 2010 second team All-Conference selection. He tied for the most pass breakups of any Bulldog in 2010 with five, while also adding 22 total tackles and two interceptions for 18 yards. In 2009, Allen recorded two interceptions for 112 yards against Samford, marking the second-highest single-game number of interception return yards in SoCon history. The redshirt senior concluded his collegiate career with 120 total tackles, 20 pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.
Played and started in all 11 games ... named preseason All-Conference ... finished second on the team in total tackles with 57, of which 36 were unassisted ... best overall performance came in Bulldogs' win against Samford when recording six solo and one assisted tackles, as well as two interceptions for a total of 112 return yards, marking the second highest single-game total in SoCon history and earning SoCon Defensive Player of the Week ... season-high was seven solo and six assisted for a total of 13 total tackles at Chattanooga ... along with season tackles, recorded three interceptions for 112 yards and one touchdown and five pass breakups ... finished tied for 33rd in the SoCon overall in total tackles ... earned SoCon media second team All-Conference honors.
Played all 12 games, starting in six ... best performance came at Furman when totaling seven tackles ... also recorded six tackles, one for a loss of two yards, and one pass breakup at Samford ... finished ninth on the team in total tackles for the season.
Saw action in four games ... recorded one assisted tackle against Western Carolina ... notched one solo tackle against VMI.
2007: Redshirted following a knee injury.
All-State First Team selection ... All-City First Team (AAA) selection ... named team's Most Improved Defensive Player ... team won 2005 Regional Championship ... played in the North-South All-Star Classic ... coached by Daryl Damon ... only played varsity football his senior year, 2005 ... also ran track.
Cortez Allen ... born on Oct. 29, 1988 ... son of Louis and Patricia Green ... majoring in health and wellness.
Draft Scout Player News
12/07/14 - CB Cortez Allen (broken thumb) was placed on reserve/injured by the Steelers Saturday (Dec. 6).
12/01/14 - CB Cortez Allen, who lost his starting job in the eighth game of the season, missed his first game with a broken thumb.
11/26/14 - CB Cortez Allen went through a full practice Wednesday, nine days after he had a pin inserted in a broken thumb. He is no longer among the Steelers' top four cornerbacks.
10/06/14 - CB Cortez Allen intercepted his second pass in two games, the first Steeler to have one in consecutive games since Ike Taylor did it in 2011.
09/29/14 - CB Cortez Allen intercepted a Mike Glennon pass in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay, the only interception by the Steelers through four games.
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