LUBBOCK, Texas – Dakota Allen's redemption story continued Saturday afternoon when the Texas Tech linebacker was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.
Allen, who was taken with the 251st overall pick, heads west where he will join a Rams organization that most recently played in this year's Super Bowl. He is the first Red Raider to be selected by the Rams since Carl Carter in 1986 when the franchise was in its first stint in Los Angeles.
In addition, Allen becomes the third Red Raider linebacker to be drafted in the Big 12 era, joining the likes of Will Smith in 2014 and Mike Smith in 2005. Will Smith was the last Tech defensive player to go in the draft as he was similarly taken in the seventh round by the Dallas Cowboys.
Allen, a native of Humble, Texas, enjoyed a memorable career as a Red Raider that was highlighted by All-Big 12 first team honors as a senior. He was also a second-team honoree as a junior in 2017 in his first season back as a Red Raider.
Allen wrapped his career with 262 career tackles, including a team-leading 102 in 2017, to go along with 18.5 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, 11 passes defended, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries. He battled several injuries late in his senior season but still managed to rank second on the team with 73 tackles.
A two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, Allen earned his Texas Tech degree in management immediately following the 2018 season.
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Dakota Allen – Los Angeles Rams, 7th Round, No. 251 Overall
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