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Jonathan Allen | Defensive End

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

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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

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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

Alabama junior DL Jonathan Allen tweeted "Let the hunt for 17 begin #WonAsOne."

On Friday,'s Matt Zenitz was reporting that Allen was leaning toward another season with the Tide. It's official now. And with that, the Crimson Tide return another key contributor for their 2016 title defense. The 6-foot-3, 283-pound junior racked up 14.5 tackles for loss with 12 sacks in 2015. He led Bama in both categories.
Jan 16 - 2:49 PM

Per Matt Zenitz of, Alabama junior DL Jonathan Allen is leaning towards returning to campus.

Zenitz's sources say Allen received a second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Committee. He was likely anticipating the first-round grade that Rotoworld has stamped him with. Alas, Allen may return to school for another title run and a clearer path into the draft's top stanza. The 6-foot-3, 283-pound Allen recorded 14.5 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks this past season.
Jan 15 - 4:22 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Alabama junior DL Jonathan Allen as the No. 12 overall draft prospect.

"Only played on 40% of the school’s snaps, but Allen made an impact in every game," Norris wrote. "Of Alabama’s three defensive linemen, he gets upfield and disrupts more than any others. Especially when pass rushing. Allen is ahead of his time in terms of hand use. Watch for his push-pull technique. He gets on his block and gets off of it, which can be difficult to find at the college level." The 6-foot-3, 283-pound Allen logged 12 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss this fall. He still hasn't announced if he'll enter the draft.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 15 - 3:57 PM

Alabama junior DL Jonathan Allen is still weighing his NFL options, according to ESPN's Chris Low.

Allen is a very interesting prospect and was a force despite playing on just 40 percent of Alabama's defensive snaps this season. Allen played more of an edge technique than A'Shawn Robinson or Jarran Reed, but seemed to be most effective when closed by another edge player. Allen has powerful hands, using a push pull technique to stack and shed his opponents and create space in the backfield.
Jan 15 - 10:52 AM

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that Alabama junior DE Jonathan Allen displays "explosive hands, quick feet and knows how to finish."

The 6-foot-3, 283-pound Allen has had a productive junior season for the Crimson Tide, recording 12 sacks, with 14.5 tackles for loss. Allen was named to the All-SEC First Team defense by the conference coaches and the Associated Press. During the summer, ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Allen as his No. 3 underclassman defensive end prospect in the country.
Jan 7 - 2:25 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes that Alabama junior DE Jonathan Allen is "one of the best interior rushers" he's watched all year.

The Crimson Tide junior defensive end currently leads the Alabama defense with six sacks on the season. During the summer, ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Allen as his No. 3 underclassman defensive end prospect in the country. Weidl is a fan of Allen's ability to convert "speed-to-power" and his "finishing strength."
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 02:30:00 PM

Alabama HC praised junior DE Jonathan Allen as a "pretty special guy."

This amounts to some high praise. Saban calling you "pretty special" is akin to the your father patting your shoulder after you manage to change a car tire without asking for help. Draft experts, including ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, would likely back up Saban's statement. In late July, Kiper called the 6-foot-3, 272-pounder "one of the faster defensive ends in the draft class" and graded him as the No. 3 underclassman defensive end prospect in the country.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 06:17:00 PM