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Jonathan Allen | Defensive End

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

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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. Aug 12 - 6:17 PM
Source: Al.com

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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.
Aug 12 - 4:49 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.
Jul 20 - 11:31 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.
Jul 15 - 12:32 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
May 16 - 4:07 PM