Dakota Allen
Allen at 2018 Big 12 Media Days
No. 53 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Personal information
Born: (1995-11-02) November 2, 1995 (age 25)
Dallas, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school:Summer Creek
College:Texas Tech
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 251
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First team All-Big 12 (2018)
  • Second team All-Big 12 (2017)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 4, 2021
Total tackles:22
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Dakota Devon Allen (born November 2, 1995) is an American football linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech and East Mississippi Community College.

Early life and high school

Allen was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Humble, Texas. He attended Summer Creek High School and was a standout football player for the Bulldogs. As a senior, he recorded 112 tackles and three interceptions and was named the Defensive MVP of District 19-4A. He committed to play college football at Texas Tech over offers from Oklahoma, TCU, Kansas State, and Iowa State.[1]

College career

Allen began his collegiate career at Texas Tech, redshirting his freshman season. As a redshirt freshman, Allen was the Red Raiders' second-leading tackler with 87 stops. After the end of the season, he was charged with second-degree burglary along with two teammates and ultimately expelled from Texas Tech. All charges were eventually dropped against Allen after agreeing to enter a pre-trial diversionary program.[2]

Following his dismissal, he transferred to East Mississippi Community College, where he was featured in the second season of the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U. Allen recorded a team leading 117 tackles with two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and five pass breakups. Despite success on the field early in the season, he only originally received scholarship offers from Bowling Green and Troy due to his previous arrest.[3] Allen later received offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Marshall, but opted to return to Texas Tech to finish his collegiate career.[4][5]

Allen had a breakout junior season in 2017, with 92 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and six forced turnovers. He was subsequently named to the All-Big 12 by Pro Football Focus and to the second-team All-Big 12 by coaches and media.[6] As a senior, Allen made 73 total tackles, including 6.5 for loss, and was named first team All-Big 12.[7]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
232 lb
(105 kg)
31+14 in
(0.79 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.77 s 1.67 s 2.77 s 4.04 s 6.88 s 31.5 in
(0.80 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine[8][9]

Draft 2019 and rookie season

Allen was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round (251st overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[10] Allen signed a four-year $2,594,288 contract with a signing bonus of $74,288 on June 7, 2019.[11] He was waived during final roster cuts on August 31, 2019, but was signed to the practice squad the following day.[12][13]

Oakland Raiders

On September 24, 2019, Allen was signed by the Oakland Raiders off the Rams practice squad.[14] Allen made his NFL debut on October 6, 2019 against the Chicago Bears, playing eight snaps on special teams.[15] He was waived on October 30 after appearing in two games for the Raiders.[16]

Los Angeles Rams (second stint)

On November 4, 2019, Allen was signed to the Los Angeles Rams practice squad.

Jacksonville Jaguars

On December 10, 2019, Allen was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars off the Rams practice squad.[17] After appearing mostly in the field goal defense.

Jacksonville Jaguars season 2020

Dakota Allen played in 13 games with the Jaguars, he started two and played mostly on special teams. He has 14 tackles (nine solo), four special teams tackles and three loss tackles this season.

He replaced starter Myles Jack in week 4 of the 2020 NFL season during the second half of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.[18] He made two tackles on Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.

Jacksonville Jaguars season 2021

Dakota Allen signed an exclusive-rights free agent tender with the Jaguars on April 15, 2021.[19]

Dakota Allen has made the Jacksonville jaguars 53-Man roster for this season.


  1. ^ Wilson, Aaron (April 21, 2019). "Texas Tech LB Dakota Allen hopes NFL draft is next stop on road to redemption". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  2. ^ Monte, Gabriel; Sigler, Jordan (August 1, 2016). "Attorneys: All charges to be dropped against former Texas Tech linebacker, 2 teammates". LubbockOnline.com. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Goodbread, Chase (February 12, 2019). "How LB Dakota Allen turned 'Last Chance' into redemption". NFL.com. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Poe, Julia (July 20, 2018). "Where the Stars of Last Chance U Ended Up for the 2018 Season". Sports Illustrated.
  5. ^ Cornaglia, Andrea (July 27, 2017). "Roster countdown #2: Dakota Allen". VivaTheMatadors.com. SB Nation. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Shore, Albie (December 21, 2017). "2017 Tech football rankings: No. 1 Dakota Allen". vivathematadors.com. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Klein, Gary (April 27, 2019). "Netflix's 'Last Chance U' star Dakota Allen will continue his journey with Rams". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  8. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile – Dakota Allen". nfl.com. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Dakota Allen, DS #25 ILB, Texas Tech : 2019 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  10. ^ DaSilva, Cameron (April 27, 2019). "Rams select LB Dakota Allen with their final pick of 2019 NFL draft". TheRamsWire.com. USA Today.
  11. ^ Bouda, Nate (June 7, 2019). "Rams Sign Two Draft Picks". NFLTradeRumors.co. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  12. ^ Han, Jamie (August 31, 2019). "Rams trim roster down to 53 players". TheRams.com. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  13. ^ Han, Jamie (September 1, 2019). "Rams sign 10 practice squad players". TheRams.com. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "Raiders sign Allen; place Lee on IR". Raiders.com. September 24, 2019.
  15. ^ Schrock, Josh (October 7, 2019). "Raiders snap count: Foster Moreau shines in statement win vs. Bears". NBC Bay Area.
  16. ^ "Raiders sign trio of players to the active roster". Raiders.com. October 30, 2019.
  17. ^ "Jaguars sign LB Dakota Allen and C Tyler Gauthier". Jaguars.com/. December 10, 2019. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  18. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback CJ Henderson (shoulder) done for the day". espn.com. October 4, 2020. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  19. ^ "2021 NFL Transactions: Signings – April". NFL.com. Retrieved April 15, 2021.