Denver Broncos stud UDFA no. 1: Christopher Allen, EDGE
Speaking purely in terms of the investment the Denver Broncos made, the undrafted free agent that should maybe be expected to make the biggest splash is pass rusher Christopher Allen.
Allen is one of the most high-profile UDFA pickups the Broncos have made in the last handful of years.
A four-star recruit out of the state of Louisiana, it should almost go without saying that Allen is a highly-decorated player. He played at Alabama, how many players make it there that aren’t four-or-five-star prospects?
Allen wound up playing as a true freshman in 2017 but suffered a knee injury in 2018 and was granted a medical redshirt.
In 2019, he played a rotational role and had 4.5 tackles for loss. By 2020, he was playing a prominent role for the Crimson Tide defense and led the entire SEC with 13 tackles for loss that season.
In 2021, he had a sack and forced fumble in the first game of the year before another devastating season-ending injury.
That injury likely led to him being undrafted but the Denver Broncos still paid a premium to get him on the roster. His $180,000 guaranteed from the Broncos is the highest guarantee for any undrafted player the team has had.
For a frame of reference, Christopher Allen’s total guarantee from the Denver Broncos is more than:
- Sixth-round pick Matt Henningsen
- Seventh-round pick Faion Hicks
- Free Agent acquisition Alex Singleton (LB)
It’s only $20,000 away from the guarantees given to players like Andrew Beck and DeShawn Williams.
What do the Broncos have brewing at the edge position this year?
The Denver Broncos may have found some gems among their 2022 undrafted free agent class, which includes 13 new players added to the roster.
Allen is obviously a player they believe in. Financially speaking, he’s essentially a fifth-round pick. Hopefully he’s able to get healthy and participate fully in training camp and the preseason so he can make the biggest splash of all the undrafted players on the roster.