In his latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft, Mel Kiper used the No. 32 pick in the first round to select tight end Dwayne Allen out of Clemson for the New York Giants.
Tight end became a need for New York when Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard both suffered torn ACLs during the team's Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots. The injuries are likely to leave Bear Pascoe as New York's lone healthy returning tight end when training camp arrives, which makes adding a tight end crucial -- and Allen might be the best available in the draft.
Allen is viewed as someone who can bring a lot of versatility to an NFL offense, especially as a pass-catcher. A strong player with impressive if not elite athleticism, Allen is described by Kiper as the best tight end in this year's draft. The National Football Post has Allen ranked as the No. 3 tight end and the No. 40 overall prospect, citing his talents as a natural pass-catcher but noting that his blocking needs improvement.
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