In case you didn’t know, they have a pretty good defense down in Tuscaloosa. Jonathan Allen has been the anchor on defense for these championships caliber teams the past couple seasons. Allen has garnered a lot of hype due to an illustrious, productive career for the Crimson Tide. The winner of the 2016 Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player, he even received more first place Heisman votes than invitee, Jabrill Peppers. Allen has built himself quite the resume, and he reckons to be one of the first names off the board in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Name: Jonathan Allen
Comparison: Fletcher Cox
Draft Grade: Top 10
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Positives: Excellent combination of power, strength and burst. Polished player. Equally adept against the pass and run. Allen is a technician, he can beat you with his heavy hands in almost anyway imaginable. Very good swim and rip moves. Plays with outstanding awareness – consistently jumps up to swat passes and times them well. Good closing range to finish plays. Versatile player who can play anywhere on the defensive line and fit in almost any scheme. Will be only 22 years old his entire rookie season. Anchored elite defense as a 3 year starter. Elected to stay for his senior year despite being a likely 2016 1st round draft pick and a haul of other defensive players declaring for the draft/graduating. His production backs up the hype.
Negatives: Tends to extend arms too far allowing blocker to push him off the line. Average arm length. Not quick in pursuit – looks to have heavy feet when chasing ball carrier from behind. Doesn’t always display ideal quickness off the snap. Athleticism is serviceable, but not a strength.
Outlook: Allen has built a tremendous reputation for himself as the anchor of the elite defenses in Tuscaloosa for the past 3 seasons. A very stout defensive linemen, Allen will have a very long career in the NFL. His versatility will prove to be a tremendous asset at the next level, along with his polished, balanced game. He can get to the QB and set the edge against the run. Some have him ranked as high as the top prospect in the draft, but I don’t think he’s the type of franchise player you take that high. Nonetheless, he certainly belongs in the top 10.