With the final pick of the Rams’ 2019 draft, general manager Les Snead called linebacker Dakota Allen out of Texas Tech.
Allen’s time at Texas Tech was split with a season at East Mississippi State Community College — the school featured on Seasons 1 and 2 of Netflix’s original series ‘Last Chance U’, a multi-part documentary in which ‘Elite athletes with difficult pasts turn to junior college football for a last shot at turning their lives around and achieving their dreams.’
Allen landed at EMCC after an off the field issue following his redshirt freshman season at Tech. It was an experience that the newest Ram said both thrust him into the spotlight and saved his relationship with the game.
With their final pick in the 2019 NFL draft, the Los Angeles Rams strayed away from their usual strategy of picking players with clean backgrounds. Sean McVay and Les Snead have talked at length about adding high-character, players, team captains and players who also performed in the classroom, but they took a chance on someone with a troubled past at No. 251 overall.
They selected Dakota Allen out of Texas Tech, who many know from the hit series “Last Chance U.” Allen was dismissed from the football team and expelled from the university after being arrested for second-degree burglary in 2016. He enrolled at East Mississippi Community College and played a season there before going back to Texas Tech in 2017.
The Rams finished off the 2019 NFL Draft with two seventh-round selections in Penn State DB Nick Scott at No. 243, and LB Dakota Allen at No. 251.The Los Angeles Rams have officially wrapped up their 2019 draft class, selecting Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen with the 251st overall pick.
Scott was originally recruited by Penn State as a running back, but swiftly moved to safety with Giants running back Saquon Barkley a featured member of the Nittany Lions backfield. As a senior, Scott led the team with three interceptions — he finished his college career with 114 total tackles, five passes defensed, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and three picks.
Scott wasn’t invited to the NFL Combine following his final season at Penn State, but that didn’t bother special teams coordinator John Fassel, who’s eyeing the former Penn State Special Teams Player of the Year as the next member of his unit.For Dakota Allen and Ronald Ollie, their “last chance” turned into a dream come true.
The pair, who were featured in Netflix’s popular series “Last Chance U” in its first season when it covered East Mississippi Community College, have found NFL homes. Allen was drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Rams, and Ollie is headed to the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN.
“When I first left Texas Tech, I thought I was never going to play football again. That’s why I was so grateful and thankful for the opportunity that East Mississippi provided me. Then once I got that opportunity, I just took it and ran with it. I honestly can’t believe I’m an L.A. Ram.”
Allen was a three-year starter for the Red Raiders, playing 34 total games in his career. He made 249 total tackles, recorded two sacks and picked off four passes.
He was viewed as a late-round prospect or a priority free agent, bringing good effort and toughness to the defense. At the combine, he ran a 4.77-second 40-yard dash, so he isn’t the fastest linebacker.
After being dismissed from Texas Tech in 2016, he attended East Mississippi Community College, the subject of Netflix’s hit series, “Last Chance U.” He earned All-Region honors with 117 tackles that season and was able to re-enroll in 2017.
“The combine was being aired on television and he was the first coach that called me while he was at the combine,” Scott said of Fassel. “He said, ‘Hey Nick I’m looking at your film and I’m extremely surprised that you’re not here right now.’ We’ve been in contact ever since then and he told me he was going to draft me and ke kept his word.”