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Jonathan Allen | Defensive End

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 272

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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
Source: ESPN.com

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

On Friday, AL.com'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 AL.com, 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.
Source: AL.com
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.
Source: Al.com
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 06:17:00 PM

According to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports, scouts are watching for Alabama junior DE Jonathan Allen to build off of his big sophomore campaign.

Brugler wrote that the 6-foot-3, 272-pound lineman "uses his hands and length to create pop at the point of attack." Allen is adept at creating leverage to push blockers back on the first step, though Brugler does point out that he needs to become a "more efficient finisher" on tackles, particularly in open space. Last season, he racked up 11 1/2 tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 04:49:00 PM

Alabama junior DE Jonathan Allen may be "one of the faster defensive ends in the draft class," notes ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Allen really emerged last year as a true sophomore after seeing plenty of action as a freshman," Kiper wrote. "A very good athlete at 270-plus pounds." The draft expert grades Allen as the No. 3 underclassman defensive end prospect in the land. Allen earned first-team All-SEC honors last season by posting 33 tackles, 11.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 11:31:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Alabama junior DE Jonathan Allen is an underrated member of the school's defensive front.

Allen has gained weight during his time with Alabama and now stands around 272 lbs. The Crimson Tide will look to use him on the interior in some situations, and that change of pace in speed and explosion could be an issue for SEC centers.
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 12:32:00 PM

AL.com ranks Alabama junior DE Jonathan Allen as one of the team's 10 best draft prospects.

Allen earned first-team All-SEC honors last season by posting 33 tackles, 11.5 stops for a loss and 5.5 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is ranked by CBS Sports as the No. 5 junior DE (behind Ohio State’s Joey Bosa, Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah, Auburn’s Carl Lawson and Louisville’s Devonte Fields), while Walter Football grades him as a fifth-to-seventh round pick.
Source: AL.com
Sat, May 16, 2015 04:07:00 PM