2017 NFL Draft
Prospect: Jonathan ALlen
Prospect: Jonathan ALlen
Ht: 6'3" Wt: 294
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One of the top players in the 2017 class, Allen will only be a realistic possibility for a handful of teams. Still, I guarantee every NFL team will have done their homework on this guy and allowed themselves to dream about the possibility of seeing him in their uniform. He is a model of hard work and consistency. Nick Saban's defenses have been loaded with players just like that, who have thrived at the next level and Allen is expected to be one of the best. I have gone on record as saying that Myles Garrett is the top prospect in this class, but Allen is the safest one. No matter who drafts him for what scheme, he will be a terrific NFL player.
Allen is an extremely versatile player but what opponents struggle with the most is his power. He has a terrific punch that keeps linemen from getting to his chest, and he can disengage easily. His core strength is phenomenal, and you just don't see him on the ground that often unless he is involved in the tackle. That core strength keeps him from getting shoved off-balance where linemen have a chance to finish him. From there, he has the lower-body strength to absorb power and keep from giving ground. He holds up at the point of the attack and is one of the best at doing so against double teams.
Another area Allen is elite is in his awareness. He rarely loses track of the football, and I have yet to see him caught out of position. He understands his responsibilities and sniffs out screens and bootlegs quickly. He is also tough to use trap blocks and pulling blockers against. He locates them quickly and once again, his strength keeps him from giving ground. He gets his hands up when he knows he isn't going to get home against the pass, and he sheds blocks on runs his way, quickly giving him the best opportunity to make a play. His effort is also impeccable.
As a pass rusher, he is extremely polished with his hands and footwork. He may not have the best first step, but his hands never stop and are quite violent. His feet give him a chance to beat his opponent initially but also counter when first neutralized. He has a spin move that it is as effective as any in the country, and he often uses it when he sees the quarterback trying to escape the pocket. He also has the ability one-on-one, to convert speed to power and drive his opponent into the backfield. He is versatile enough to rush off the edge or from inside, although he is better suited to do it from the interior.
I personally feel his best fit would be as a defensive end in an odd-man front, but there is no questioning he could easily be just as valuable as a three-technique or a nose in a 4-3 defense. He could also play end in those systems which will give his future defensive coordinator a lot to play with when they get him in uniform. If there is one area I would say he is at a disadvantage, it would be that his arm length isn't elite, but that is it. People rave about his work ethic and intelligence. He is a natural leader and the kind of player that just has the look of a 10-year starter. The upside of Myles Garrett is undeniable, but I am not sure if there is another player in this class that I would consider taking over him.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Leonard Williams (New York Jets)
- Versatile player
- Elite strength
- Polished hand and footwork
- Terrific awareness
- Future leader of a defense
- Average arm length
- Doesn't have elite athleticism to consistently rush the edge
1)   Alabama DE Jonathan Allen ranks among top players in ESPN coaches poll   - SEC Country |
2)   Why Nick Saban loves Jonathan Allen so much   - Sun Sentinel |
3)   6 things to know about Jonathan Allen, Bama's lineman who's drawing Heisman buzz
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