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Jonathan Allen | Defensive End

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

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Washington Redskins an "A-" for their draft.
Washington's draft haul was Silva's favorite in the NFC. He writes that the team put "an emphasis on 'good football players' in the early rounds and upside as the draft progressed," singling out Alabama DL Jonathan Allen (No. 17) and UCLA CB Fabian Moreau (No. 81) as smart early picks. Silva also notes that Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine (No. 114) "has a real chance to lead Washington in carries this year." Elsewhere on the internet, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline slapped a "B+" on the Redskins for their draft and views Michigan State S Montae Nicholson (No. 123) a potential diamond in the rough. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke is also keen on this class, tossing them an "A-" for their work in Philadelphia. Fri, May 5, 2017 06:17:00 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that the Washington Redskins "cleaned up on draft weekend."

Brugler views Washington as one of the five teams who most improved their roster through the draft and calls their first-round selection of Alabama DL Jonathan Allen a "gift" at No. 17 (Allen was thought of as a potential top-five pick entering Day 1 on Thursday). He also liked their Day 3 selections, with the Redskins focusing heavily on offense with their drafting of Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine (fourth round), Arkansas TE Jeremy Sprinkle (fifth round), Wyoming C/G Chase Roullier (sixth round) and Georgia State WR Robert Davis (sixth round).
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 03:41:00 PM

Redskins selected Alabama DL Jonathan Allen with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Allen (6’3/286) won the 2016 Nagurski, Bednarik, and Hendricks awards as the nation’s top defensive player and defensive end, finishing No. 2 in Alabama history in sacks (28.5) and earning SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Allen was the best player on the nation’s best defense. Experienced at end, tackle, and even outside ‘backer, Allen has a "tweener" build but rare versatility and a non-stop motor, defending the run stoutly in addition to disrupting the pass. A projected top-ten pick in most circles, Allen’s history of shoulder injuries caused him to slip. If healthy, he projects as a "clean," high-floor NFL down lineman with immediate-impact potential. Allen will likely be an interior rusher in Washington's 3-4 scheme, upgrading one of the league's least-talented defensive lines.
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 10:17:00 PM

An NFC college scouting director said that Alabama DL Jonathan Allen's draft stock is fluid due to past shoulder surgeries.

"I put a higher grade on him before the medicals came in and we had to lower him because of that. That was really it," the scouting director said. "You don’t see too many like him; he’s that good to me." He went on to say that "I honestly don’t know where he’ll go because of the [shoulder concern]." Allen was forced to undergo surgeries to repair torn labrums in both shoulders during his time at Alabama. A somewhat surprising under-performer at the Combine, the 6-foot-3, 291-pounder has landed as a top-five pick in a number of industry mock drafts even despite that lackluster showing and his past surgeries.
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 12:52:00 PM

An NFL executive said that he would be surprised if Alabama DL Jonathan Allen was drafted ahead of Stanford DE Solomon Thomas.

"That probably wasn't the thinking right after the season ended," the executive said. "Allen just isn't very explosive. Good player but I could see him sliding a little bit more than people think." In addition to that lack of explosivity -- the 6-foot-3, 291-pounder failed to impress at the Combine -- health concerns could factor into any drop with the Alabama standout. He underwent surgeries on both shoulders to repair torn labrums while in Tuscaloosa. For a mock perspective, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline pegs Allen to the Jaguars at No. 4 in his latest four-round exercise. He sees Thomas being drafted two slots higher, landing him with the 49ers as the second overall selection.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 05:54:00 PM

Alabama DL Jonathan Allen visited the Jaguars, Titans and Chargers.

He'll next visit the 49ers. Interested parties will no doubt dig deeply into Allen's medical records. In college, he had surgery on both shoulders to repair a torn labrum. Medical red flags, as well as a poor showing at the Combine, have conspired to stall some of Allen's momentum as we close in on Draft Day.
Wed, Apr 12, 2017 03:57:00 PM

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.
Source: The MMQB
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 11:19:00 AM

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
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 11:40:00 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.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 03:50:00 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
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 01:41:00 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.
Mon, Mar 6, 2017 04:55:00 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.
Sun, Mar 5, 2017 12:51:00 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.
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 03:04:00 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.
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 11:07:00 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.
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 09:26:00 AM