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The Rams have drafted Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen with the 251st pick. Allen was on the Netflix show “Last Chance U”, apparently.

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Wow, an ILB!

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Throw him in the mix, let's see what happens

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4 things to know about Rams LB Dakota Allen, 'Last Chance U' star

By: Andrew Ortenberg

The Los Angeles Rams made their final pick in the 2019 draft at 251st overall. With one of the last picks in the draft, they took linebacker Dakota Allen from Texas Tech. Allen has had an interesting journey to the pros, to say the least, and here are four facts you should know:

1. He was a star on Netflix’s ‘Last Chance U’

Allen has a higher public profile than your typical seventh round pick. While playing at East Mississippi Community College, Allen became one of the stars of the Netflix series “Last Chance U.”

The series chronicled talented players who were forced to attend the community college for one reason or another. Allen had originally played at Texas Tech out of high school, but his career was derailed when he was charged with second-degree robbery.

Although charges against him were eventually dismissed, he was kicked off the team at Texas Tech. After going to EMCC and getting all of his issues cleared up, he was accepted back at Texas Tech. Former coaches swear by Allen and his character, and he appears to have figured everything out off the field. As someone who watched the series, I can say Allen comes across as an extremely genuine guy who deserves a second chance.

2. He was a team captain each of the past two seasons

Allen left the team unceremoniously, but he returned triumphantly. It didn’t take long for his teammates or his coaches to accept him back, as he was immediately named a team captain ahead of his first season back in 2017. He was again named a captain last year. Teammates and coaches have raved about his leadership qualities, and one off-field incident from a few years ago shouldn’t distract from that.

3. He was highly decorated in college

Allen received a ton of recognition for his work at Texas Tech. Last season he was a first-team All-Big 12 selection, and was named to preseason watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award, given annually to college football’s best defensive player and linebacker respectively. Allen was also an academic All-Big 12 second team selection last season. In 2017, he was an All-Big 12 second-team honoree.

4. He can play special teams

Allen starred at linebacker at Texas Tech, but that might not be where he makes his mark in the pros. Allen was also a special teams standout with the Red Raiders, which could greatly help his NFL future.

Seventh-round picks need something like that to make them stand out, and this should increase his chances of making the team. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote in his scouting profile of Allen that he had the “potential to become a core special teamer” at the next level. The Rams could also use some depth at inside linebacker however, so he can’t be counted on defense.

https://theramswire.usatoday.com/2019/0 ... -chance-u/

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Interesting back story, he looks like a possible backup for Littleton. Hope he makes it.

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Allen's 'Last Chance' story continues as a Ram

Apr 27, 2019
Lindsey Thiry

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Dakota Allen choked back his emotions Saturday after the Los Angeles Rams selected the Texas Tech linebacker with the 251st overall pick in the NFL draft.

Three years ago, Allen was expelled from Texas Tech and enrolled at East Mississippi Community College, where he starred on the popular Netflix series "Last Chance U." Allen now has proved to be the ultimate comeback story.

"All my emotions came out," he said Saturday after the Rams selected him. "Me and my family have been waiting on this moment for so long, and I'm just excited to be an L.A. Ram."

Rams general manager Les Snead said the call to Allen was among the best of the eight he made to players throughout the three-day draft.

After refocusing on his future through his "Last Chance U" opportunity and then re-enrolling at Texas Tech, Dakota Allen said "I learned what's important to me and that's definitely my family and that's definitely football." Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire
"It's a really neat story," Snead said. "You could tell he was definitely appreciative to get this opportunity."

Allen said he has grown from his past mistakes. After a standout redshirt freshman season at Tech in 2015, Allen was arrested for second-degree felony burglary. Along with two of his teammates, Allen broke into a home and stole a gun safe containing seven handguns and long guns, and some electronics. He completed a 12-month pre-trial diversion program that led to the dismissal of charges after time in community supervision.

Allen spent a season at East Mississippi CC and then was given an opportunity to re-enroll at Texas Tech under coach Kliff Kingsbury, who is now coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

"I learned what's important to me, and that's definitely my family and that's definitely football," Allen said. "I don't want to do anything to jeopardize either one of those things."

Rams coach Sean McVay, who has watched "Last Chance U," said he respected how Allen owned his mistake and has moved forward with his life.

"I think that that gave him a perspective," McVay said. "When you hear how emotional and how important it was for him to get that call, specific to a lot of the things that he had overcome -- not only to get back to Texas Tech, but then to become a drafted player in the NFL -- I think there's an appreciation that he has, and you like how he responded from a mistake."

The Rams selected Allen primarily for his ability to contribute on special teams, but the 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker also is expected to add depth to a position group that includes Cory Littleton, Clay Matthews, Micah Kiser and Travin Howard.

In three seasons at Texas Tech, Allen had 17.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and four interceptions. In his one season at East Mississippi CC, he led the team with 117 tackles.

As for his time on "Last Chance U," Allen called it a "weird" but "great" experience.

"People do recognize me from the show, they recognize me as sort of the good guy on the show," he said, chuckling. "The whole experience was just amazing, and I'm thankful for it because I was able to continue to play football."

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Dakota Allen thought he'd never play football again after arrest

Dakota Allen was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the seventh round last weekend. However, he likely would’ve been selected earlier if not for a mistake he made three years ago.

Back in 2016, he was arrested on a second-degree felony count of burglary when he and two others broke into a house and stole two cameras, a TV and a safe that contained seven guns. He was dismissed from Texas Tech and left with few options when it came to playing football.

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LB Dakota Allen’s chance could come on special teams

A starting role for the seventh rounder seems a bit out of the question still a few months from training camp, especially with Micah Kiser poised for a starter’s spot in the middle of the defense next to signal-caller Cory Littleton. But Allen could provide some youthful depth in the position group that’s facing a few question marks heading into 2019.


It appears Allen may get his chance on special teams in year one as a pro if general manager Les Snead’s comments following draft day three are any indication.

“It was one of those situations where [linebackers] coach [Joe] Barry and [special teams coordinator John Fassel] coach ‘Bones’ were on board and we all know how those linebackers are that maybe aren’t starting, they’re covering a lot of kicks for us, hopefully,” Snead said.

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