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Jonathan Allen | Defensive End

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 291

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Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen was named the winner of the Nagurski Trophy.
The Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player. Somewhat surprisingly, an Alabama player had never won the award prior to the 6-foot-3, 291-pound Allen scooping up the honor. He did so on the strength of 56 tackles (13.0 for loss), 8.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries and a pair of fumbles recovered and returned for touchdowns. Allen won the award over fellow finalists Reuben Foster, Clemson's Christian Wilkins, Michigan's Jabrill Peppers and FSU's Tavarus McFadden. Dec 6 - 12:10 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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An AFC college scouting director told MMQB that Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen is "just the type of guy you win with."

"Tough, great hands, instinctive, a really good athlete, motor, balance, bend, everything. The only thing he lacks is size," the scouting director said, adding that the 6-foot-3, 291-pound Allen is "a first-rounder all the way." In late October, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. forwarded the belief that Allen could potentially rise as high as the No. 1 overall selection in this spring's draft. In 12 games this season, he has recorded 52 tackles (11.5 for loss), seven sacks and a touchdown off a fumble recovery which he notched against Texas A&M on October 22.
Source: MMQB
Dec 2 - 5:09 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen will go in the top-five of next spring's draft and further thinks the prospect is "in play for the top pick come April."

The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Allen flashed in Alabama's win over Texas A&M on Saturday, famously rumbling to a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown to seal the victory. "He's a relentless defender, whether he's playing end or tackle. He can play in any scheme," he wrote. I love his power rush, but he has other moves, too. Allen had 12 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss last season, and he could have been a first-round pick then. I don't think he gets out of the top five now." Allen has six sacks this season. If you saw what he did to Texas A&M, you may be inclined to agree with Mr. Kiper.
Source: ESPN
Oct 27 - 7:10 PM's Daniel Jeremiah says Texas A&M "couldn't block" Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen on Saturday.

Yep, that about sums it up. "His superman sack was a perfect example," Jeremiah wrote. "They dedicated a running back to help out the guard but he quickly swatted away the guard before leaping over the RB to sack the QB." Later on, Allen scored his second touchdown of the season on a fumble return. "I have plenty of players left to study for the upcoming draft but from what I've seen, Allen has the highest floor of any draft prospect," Jeremiah wrote. "He is so technically sound, explosive and versatile. I can't see him being worse than a dependable starter at the next level. He carries very little risk."
Oct 26 - 5:19 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen to Ndamukong Suh.

Actually, Jeremiah offered a slight endorsement of at least one area where Allen might have Suh beat, writing on Twitter that the 6-foot-3, 291-pound beast of a lineman "looks like a quicker Suh on tape," going on to call him a "one-man wrecking machine." Through eight games played, Allen has registered 35 tackles (6.5 for loss) and six sacks. He also scored a touchdown via a scoop/score fumble recovery in the third quarter of Saturday's win over Texas A&M.
Oct 25 - 5:51 PM

Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen returned a fumble for a 30-yard touchdown Saturday against Texas A&M.

Aggies running back Keith Ford botched a handoff from Trevor Knight. The ball was only on the carpet for a second before the 291-pound defensive end scooped up the ball and sprinted it to the house to make it 26-14 late in the third quarter. "Those two scores in that short period of time were really key in changing the momentum of the game," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said, referencing Calvin Ridley's touchdown as well. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Allen to Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
Source: The Eagle
Oct 24 - 10:43 PM

An NFL personnel executive told NFL Media that he believes all seven members of Alabama's front seven will eventually be picked in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft.

Let's make like the political process and fact check this one, shall we? DL Jonathan Allen is a possible top-five pick, OLBs Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson and LB Reuben Foster are likely a mid-to-late first-rounders. As for the other three, senior DE Dalvin Tomlinson is a stout 300-plus pound 3-4 DE, while draft folks haven't broken down LB Shaun Dion Hamilton or nose tackle Da'Ron Payne deeply enough for us to give you an accurate barometer of their current stock.
Oct 23 - 11:45 AM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen to Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

"Like Cox, I think Allen can fit into a 3-4 or 4-3 defense thanks to his combination of hand talent and pass-rushing acumen," he wrote. "Ultimately, I see Allen as a penetrating one-gap defender like Cox, and I see him as one who'll be able to consistently generate pressure against the quarterback." The analyst also passed along that he's heard Allen comped to Tennessee Titan defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.
Oct 7 - 4:52 PM

The SEC announced Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen as the SEC’s defensive player of the week.

Allen was at his disruptive best on Saturday against USC, caving in an overmatched offensive line consistently to finish with four tackles, two sacks and two batted passes at the line of scrimmage. USC quarterback Max Browne is going to see Allen in high nightmares for months. Alabama's defense held the Trojans to 194 total yards, zero touchdowns, six points and just 64 yards rushing.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 6 - 6:29 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes that Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen's best position for the NFL will be defensive tackle.

"Allen's versatility is a big plus, but I believe he'd be better served to play inside at the next level," Jeremiah wrote. "When he's coming off the edge, he lacks a pure burst and I think he would have trouble dealing with NFL-caliber offensive tackles on a consistent basis." The 6-foot-3, 283-pounder was named a first-team All-SEC-er last season after recording 12 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2015. He led the Tide in both of those categories.
Jun 19 - 1:44 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper lists Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen No. 12 on his Big Board.

The 6-foot-3, 283-pounder led the Crimson Tide in both sacks (12) and tackles for loss (14.5) last season despite playing in only 40-percent of the team's snaps. He was a first-team All-SEC selection.
May 16 - 7:15 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter ranked Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen as the third-best player in college football.

"His versatility as a three- or five-technique at the next level will make him a coveted prospect," Reuter wrote. Despite playing in only 40-percent of the Tide's defensive snaps last year, Allen earned first-team All-SEC honors with 12 sacks, a stunning feat.
May 13 - 7:03 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris deemed the impact that Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen (40% of snaps) and senior edge rusher Tim Williams (20%) had in limited playing time last season "incredible."

Yes, the Crimson Tide are so wildly loaded that they didn't require the services of Allen, projected to go No. 5 overall in Norris' first 2017 mock draft, on even half the team's defensive snaps, or Williams, projected No. 6 in the same mock, on even a quarter. Folks make comparisons between Allen and former teammates A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed, but Norris says Allen is "clearly the superior player in terms of playing the backfield." You've been warned, SEC.
May 11 - 12:54 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban told reporters that Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen, junior LT Cam Robinson and senior S Eddie Jackson will "have a difficult time healing" before the close of spring practice.

All three players are key components for Bama's 2016 title defense. Allen and Robison are suffering shoulder injuries, while Jackson is dealing with a leg issue. The Crimson Tide team is taking the next week off for spring break, but will resume their practices on March 21. Saban's taking the predictably patient approach with his squad, noting that they're a "work in progress" and adding "[team chemistry] is not something that just happens."
Mar 11 - 9:51 PM

Alabama junior DL Jonathan Allen said he did his homework before deciding to come back and said returning was "a business decision, and I feel like I made a good one."

"I know a lot people were saying I might go in the first round, but it’s important that you listen to the right people," said Allen. "My grade was second round. Nothing’s guaranteed, but I know the people coach (Nick) Saban is talking to and I trust him and I trust the people here at Alabama to steer me in the right direction. They’re looking out for me, and if they felt like it was time for me to go, they’d tell me that." The 6-foot-3, 283-pounder had 14.5 TFL and 12 sacks last season. Allen will undergo shoulder surgery in the coming months to repair his labrum. He intends to take out a loss-of-value insurance policy. Rotoworld's Josh Norris had ranked Allen as the No. 12 overall draft prospect prior to the junior's announcement that he would come back to Tuscaloosa.
Jan 19 - 10:14 AM