Grading the Arizona Cardinals 2019 NFL Draft class

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Third Round (Pick No. 65)

Zach Allen – DE (Boston College)

Zach Allen had shown so much potential in the first two seasons of his career. However, he struggled with injuries, which reverted him to a cameo role in 2019 and a limited role in 2020.

He broke out as a player in 2021, logging 48 tackles, four sacks, five tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hits, three fumble recoveries, and even a defensive touchdown. To pad Allen’s production, he even scampered for 25 yards following an interception.

While it’s far-fetched to believe Allen will become a great NFL player, it’s realistic to believe he is the jack-of-all-trades type. Allen is the type of player every team needs on their roster to provide consistent production.

And if he can stay healthy, he has a bright future in the NFL. Whether or not he remains an Arizona Cardinal for the long haul.

Grade: B+

Allen was a third-round draft pick who has proven himself worthy, given his draft position. He’s not a Pro Bowl-caliber player. But he’s also no career backup.