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Wisconsin Badgers Running Back Draws NFL Comparison to Quadzilla

The Badgers’ RB was recently compared to Packers tailback AJ Dillon.

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Nov 20, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen (0) rushes for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers junior running back Braelon Allen has officially received his invite to the 2024 NFL Combine, marking a significant milestone in his journey into the professional ranks. 

After declaring for the NFL Draft following the conclusion of Wisconsin’s regular-season victory over Minnesota last November, Allen finds himself back in the spotlight as draft preparations kick into high gear. 

Most projections place Allen as a potential Day 3 pick, but sitting near the top of the running back rankings adds to the anticipation surrounding the Fond du Lac native’s NFL prospects.

Wisconsin Badgers RB Braelon Allen Compared to AJ Dillon 

Wisconsin Badgers football star running back Braelon Allen

Oct 28, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen (0) prior to the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL season coming to a close, discussions around draft prospects intensify, with analysts drawing comparisons to established players in the league.

Braelon Allen recently found himself at the center of one such comparison, being likened to Packers running back AJ “Quadzilla” Dillon by Markus Mosher of the 33rd team.

At first glance, the comparison between the Wisconsin Badgers standout and Dillon holds merit. Both are backs known for their physicality and bruising running styles, capable of wearing down defenses and thriving in short-yardage situations.

While Allen may possess greater top-end speed and potential upside than Dillon because of his age, the latter’s four-year tenure in the NFL underscores his durability and staying power. Those are qualities that Allen will aim to demonstrate as he transitions to the professional level.

Braelon Allen is coming off a successful collegiate career with the Wisconsin Badgers’ where he accumulated 597 carries, 3494 yards, and 35 touchdowns. His contributions have solidified his place in the history books, ranking ninth on the program’s all-time rushing leaderboard.

In my non-expert opinion, Allen feels like a player who could thrive at the next level if paired with a faster, pass-catching running back who can step in on third downs to form a committee in the NFL.

With the combine on the horizon, Allen has the opportunity to showcase his skills and move up on the NFL draft boards.



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