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2017 NFL DRAFT

Jonathan Allen, DE

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Leesburg, VA
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Arizona Cardinals | #29
    Frostee Rucker is a serviceable defensive end opposite Calais Campbell, but the 10-year veteran is on a one-year deal. The Cardinals could look to get younger and cheaper at the position with the powerful and quick Allen, similarly built as Rucker at 6-3, 283 pounds.
  • Philadelphia Eagles | #13
    Whoever is hired as head coach in Philadelphia, the pass rush on defense will need addressed. Allen developed into a terror for opposing offenses this season and has the scheme versatility to play in even and odd fronts.
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Player Overview

Smaller but quicker than his run-stuffing former teammates A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed, Allen is a force against the pass as well as the run. Possessing enough burst to challenge tackles as well as enough size and strength to hold up inside, Allen provides greater positional and schematic versatility than many of the defensive linemen before him at Alabama.

Like most of the Crimson Tide's top players, Allen signed as a highly touted prep, choosing Alabama over Florida, Michigan, Penn State, Ohio State, Stanford, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech. He earned five-star marks from several recruiting websites and was named Virginia's Gatorade Football Player of the Year following a senior season in which he recorded an astounding 119 tackles with 9.0 sacks, six fumble recoveries, eight pass breakups, six blocked kicks and seven pass breakups as a defensive end. Allen weighed 263 pounds at the time and even drew interest from some teams as a potential outside linebacker convert.

Instead, he has gained nearly 30 pounds in Alabama's conditioning program, earning First Team All-SEC recognition the past two years after playing in 13 games as a true freshman reserve in 2013. Allen established himself as a force by his sophomore campaign, starting 12 of 14 games and registering 33 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks - each of which ranked second on the team.

He surprised scouts by opting to return for his senior campaign after taking his game to another level in 2015, collecting 36 tackles, while leading the team in both tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (12) to earn all-conference honors from the media and coaches.

Folks, 293 pound defensive ends are rare and those collecting 12 sacks at that size are almost unheard of - but that is the kind of unique talent Allen offers.

Allen said one of the reasons he returned for the 2016 season, in addition to recovering from offseason shoulder injury, was to prove to NFL scouts that he can be an every-down player.

"I want to become an every-down player, show that I can play the run better, those are a couple of things I wasn't really required to do in the past," Allen said in August. "But definitely this year, that's a role I'm trying to get better at."

Jonathan Allen on social media:

Twitter: @jonathanallenj

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2013 GAME

Virginia Tech: Registered two solo tackles in the 35-10 victory over the Hokies in Atlanta. Ole Miss: Had one tackle as a reserve defensive end as the Tide shut out the Rebels. Arkansas: Notched one solo stop and a QB hurry in the shutout win. Tennessee: Came off the bench to make a season-high three tackles with two solo stops. Mississippi State: Assisted on two tackles, one for loss, against the Bulldogs. Chattanooga: Named one of Alabama's Defensive Players of the Week ... totaled four tackles with two solo stops and a forced fumble. Auburn: Recorded three total tackles with two solo stops ... added half of a sack (-5 yards).

 
 
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05/19/2016 - 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama (6-3, 294, Leesburg, VA): Led national champion Tide with 12 sacks, added 14.5 tackles for loss; All-SEC. - Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott IMPACT Trophy
 

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