Jonathan Allen, Alabama [DE/DT] – Joel Bishop

Name: Jonathan Allen

Position: DE

School: Alabama

Class: Senior

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 291 lbs

40 Yard Dash: 5.00 seconds

Games Watched: 2015 – Texas A&M, Tennessee. 2016 – USC, Tennessee, Florida

 

Overview

A 5-star recruit coming out of high school, Allen was a backup defensive end as a freshman who played his way into the rotation appearing in 13 games. Allen made 16 tackles (10 of them were solo), half a sack and a forced fumble. In 2014 for his sophomore campaign, Allen played in all 14 games making 12 starts. He became a playmaker at defensive end earning first team All-SEC by associated press with 11.5 tackles for loss (second on the team), 33 tackles (16 solo stops) and 5.5 sacks. In 2015 as a junior, Allen was awarded first team All-SEC honours recording 36 tackles, led the team with 14,5 tackles for loss, second in the SEC in sacks with 12.0 and added four pass breakups.
In 2016, Allen passed on early entry into the NFL Draft and returned for his senior season. This paid off as Allen posted 69 tackles (third on the team), a team-high 10.5 sacks (second in Alabama history with career 28.5 sacks), 16.0 tackles for loss, a team-high 15 quarterback hurries, three fumble recoveries (two went for touchdowns), batted down two passes and blocked a field goal. A massive season led to a load of rewards; unanimous All-American, first team All-SEC and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honours. Also won Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik and Ted Hendricks awards.

 

Strengths

Thick frame, bulky. Athletic player with a quick burst off the line. Can dip shoulders under the tackle. Flexible to redirect. powerful upper body and legs, bulldozes his way into the pocket. Effective when used in stunts. Strong rip-move to sling past lineman. Active hands with a hard punch landing inside. Strong hands to stack and shed, can hold his own at the point of attack. Knows how to set the edge and hold it before releasing to make the tackle. Excellent pursuit speed for his size. Strong tackler with the ability to constantly finish. Good anticipation to the run. Versatile player that can be very effective playing inside or outside.

 

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal length as a 3-4 DE. Although quick off the line, can be late anticipating the snap – limits ability to get around the corner. Will need to keep his pads lower coming off the line. Lacks pass-rush moves as an edge rusher, will need a plan. Shoulder injury history concerns (tore rotator cuff in 2014 which required surgery, tore his labrum in 2016 which also required surgery).

 

Bottom Line

A superior player on the Alabama team that can play inside or outside. A big, powerful player that has athletic ability who can make an impact day one. Rather than pick one position for him, let him move around and hurt teams from all angles. He would be a nice addition for any team but especially those that like to play with multiple fronts.

 

Grade: 1st round

 

 

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