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Jonathan Allen | Defensive End

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

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Albert Breer of the MMQB passes along buzz that teams might be concerned with the medical evaluations of Alabama DL Jonathan Allen's shoulders.
Ian Rapoport reported prior to the NFL Combine that Allen had surgery on both shoulders to repair a torn labrum during his collegiate career, along with other concerns. Medical re-checks take place on April 13 and 14, but if Allen drops in the draft, we can point to this as one reason why. Mar 23 - 11:19 AM
Source: The MMQB

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler ranks Alabama EDGE/DL Jonathan Allen as the No. 2 overall prospect in the draft.

"A true scheme-versatile lineman, Allen has the skill-set and ball awareness to be productive inside or outside in various fronts," Brugler writes. We like Allen's balance and hand use to create a positional advantage and take advantage of it. However, we are concerned about his lack of athleticism compared to other edge rushers, and if that holds him back in terms of effectiveness from that spot. He is likely best on the interior in pass rushing situations.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 14 - 11:40 AM

Alabama EDGE/DL Jonathan Allen has meetings scheduled with the Bears and Jaguars.

If NFL teams are scared off by Allen's somewhat underwhelming showing at the NFL Scouting Combine, we have seen relatively little evidence of it. A report from Bleacher Report's Matt Miller had Allen potentially sliding into the teens, but in his first post-Combine Top 32, ESPN's Todd McShay slotted the 6-foot-2, 286-pound Alabama standout in as his No. 2 prospect in the class -- the exact same spot he took up in McShay's pre-Combine rankings. Both the Bears and Jaguars, whom Allen will meet with on March 20 and in early April, respectively, hold top five selections.
Mar 10 - 3:50 PM

Alabama EDGE/DL Jonathan Allen stood by his Combine testing results during the program's pro day on Wednesday.

That should raise the eyebrow ever-so-slightly, as Allen's results in Indianapolis were some of the most disappointing from the entire weekend. Notably, the 6-foot-2, 286-pounder managed just 5.00 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Despite the sluggish number, he opted not to retake his tests on Wednesday, instead participating only in drills. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller spoke with scouts at the Combine who believe that Allen -- considered a potential top-five pick before his underwhelming showing -- will drop into the range of No. 12 to No. 17. In his post-Combine mock draft, CBS Sports' Rob Rang doesn't see a fall at all, slotting Allen in at No. 4 to the Jaguars.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 1:41 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reports that the scouts he spoke to at the NFL Combine believe Alabama EDGE/DL Jonathan Allen will "drop to [the] 12-17 range."

It was a bad week. First, news broke that Allen had surgery on both shoulders during his collegiate career, including one labrum tear. A doctor reportedly found cartilage damage and arthritis. Then came the subpar tests, including a 5.00 second 40-yard dash. Allen entered the event widely viewed as a top-five prospect.
Mar 6 - 4:55 PM

Alabama EDGE/DL Jonathan Allen recorded a 40-yard dash of 5.00 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday.

Allen had been in the news during the Combine week due to revelations about his shoulder health, but even beyond that wrinkle in his draft process, his testing results thus far have underwhelmed. Measuring in at 6-foot-2, 286 pounds, he not only slugged his way to a 5.00-second 40-yard dash, he managed a relatively quiet 21 reps on the bench press. It should be noted that poor testing results in and of themselves are not the be-all, end-all of the draft. Look no further than Joey Bosa a year ago.
Mar 5 - 12:51 PM

Alabama EDGE/DL Jonathan Allen told reporters that his "shoulder feels good" at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

News broke earlier in the week that Allen had gone through surgeries on both shoulders to repair a torn labrum during his time at Alabama. He also has mild arthritis in both shoulders. The 6-foot-2, 286-pounder said that "if there is a problem, it will be way after football" and that "[d]octors said [it] could be an issue in 15-20 years." It remains to be seen whether these shoulder issues in any way dock his sky-high draft stock.
Mar 4 - 3:04 PM

Alabama EDGE/DL Jonathan Allen arrived for the NFL Combine at 6 foot 2 5/8 inches, 286 pounds, 9 3/8 inch hands 33 5/8 inch arms and an 80 7/8 inch wingspan.

Some might think this is a bit small for Allen, but only if you saw him as an interior player. Allen will be at his best on the edge and then moving inside in certain situations to take advantage of quickness and hand use. Ian Rapoport reported some concerns over his shoulders.
Mar 3 - 11:07 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Alabama DL Jonathan Allen had surgery on both shoulders to repair a torn labrum during his collegiate career.

Allen's doctor told Rapoport that teams will see his shoulder scans and call them "beat-up," but importantly notes Allen has played symptom free. What might NFL teams worry about? Allen "had both shoulders partially dislocated and subluxed in different years," Rapoport writes. "The doctors fixed one two years ago for a labral tear, then fixed the other last year," adding there was some cartilage damage and arthritis. Allen is widely viewed as a top five prospect in this draft. He played on 74 percent of Alabama's defensive snaps last year.
Mar 2 - 9:26 AM

Pro Football Focus compared Alabama DL Jonathan Allen to New York Jets DL Sheldon Richardson.

"Allen has the potential to produce in a similar way [to Richardson]," explains the PFF analysis team, "providing a disruptive, playmaking presence against the run while creating pressure from the interior." The outlet passes along that the 6-foot-3, 291-pound Lombardi Award winner's "best fit on early downs may be as a base defensive end that is capable of setting a strong edge in the run game and creating mismatches against tight ends while working inside in nickel and dime situations." While Texas A&M universe-wrecker Myles Garrett is being viewed as the front-runner to be drafted first overall, Allen could receive some dark horse love from the Browns. Even if he can't ultimately climb the mountain to draft pole position, it would be a surprise if he sat around for long come Draft Day.
Feb 21 - 10:56 PM

Alabama DL Jonathan Allen was named the winner of the Lombardi Award.

Since 1970, the Lombardi had traditionally been awarded to the best offensive or defensive lineman in the country. The criteria changed this year, opening the award up to all-comers. No matter for Allen, who simply beat out everybody. "I was just in shock. Whenever you receive an award of this magnitude, it's obviously a blessing," said the 6-foot-3, 291-pounder. He can add the Lombardi to a long list of other awards earned in 2016, including the Nagurski Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik and the Ted Hendricks Award. This past season (including the Tide's Playoff run), Allen registered 69 tackles (16.0 for loss), 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Feb 12 - 1:20 PM

NFL Media draft analysts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah note that Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen was "all over the field" during Saturday's Peach Bowl win over Washington.

NFL Media's gurus specifically pointed to three plays which popped out in the moment, noting that Allen "showed his awareness and sniffed out a screen on 3rd-and-long," "showed tremendous effort, chased a play down the field and scooped up a fumble" and "showed his value as a pass rusher, using his hands to pop/separate before bursting to record a sack." The 6-foot-3, 291-pounder won the Nagurski Trophy this year, awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player. He could be in the conversation to be drafted first overall.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 07:57:00 PM

Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen received more first-place votes for the Heisman than either Oklahoma WR Dede Westbrook or Michigan DB/LB Jabrill Peppers.

Westbrook and Peppers were invited to Heisman proceedings in New York while Allen was not, but the latter ended up drawing some voter love nonetheless. The Crimson Tide star finished with 17 first-place votes, fourth-most in the field behind only Lamar Jackson (526), Deshaun Watson (269) and Baker Mayfield (26). While the 6-foot-3, 291-pound Allen wasn't in the final Heisman conversation, he did pick up a Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defender) win earlier this week. And unlike every finalist other than Watson, Allen will also be hitting the Playoff treadmill come New Year's Eve.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 12:15:00 PM

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.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 12:10:00 PM

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
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 05:09:00 PM