The Denver Broncos are signing linebacker Dakota Allen off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad to their own 53-man roster, KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis first reported Tuesday.
Fans might recognize Allen’s name from his role on Netflix’s popular Last Chance U show that followed JUCO football programs. Allen initially began his college career at Texas Tech before being expelled when he was charged with second-degree robbery.
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Allen then went on to play at East Mississippi Community College, where he starred in the second season Last Chance U as a key player on the show. The charges against him were later dropped and he returned to Texas Tech for his final two seasons of college football.
In 2019, Allen became the first player from the Last Chance U series to be drafted by an NFL team when the Los Angeles Rams selected him in the seventh round. After beginning his rookie season on L.A.’s practice squad, Allen went on to spend time with the Las Vegas Raiders. He later returned to the Rams before stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Browns.
Allen has played in 36 games in his career, earning three starts. The 27-year-old linebacker has totaled 30 tackles (including three behind the line of scrimmage) and one forced fumble as a pro. In Denver, he will provide depth at linebacker while primarily contributing on special teams.
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