Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Jonathon Allen

Jonathon Allen, Alabama
6-3, 286
Allen was a four year player at Alabama who won the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Nogurski Award in 2016. He was the Gatorade Defensive Player of the Year coming out of high school in Virginia.
As a freshman, he totaled 15 Tackles, three TFLs, 0.5 sacks, a QB hurry, and a forced fumble. As a sophomore, Allen recorded 32 tackles, 11 TFLs, five sacks, one PBU, and seven QB hurries.
As a junior, he finished with 36 tackles, 14.5 TFLs, 12 sacks, four PBUs, six QB hurries, and two forced fumbles.
He returned for his senior season, and finished with 69 tackles, 16 TFLs, 10.5 sacks, two PBUs, 15 QB hurries, and two TDs on fumble returns.
The Good
Has been well coached, and receives said coaching like a pro.
Can line up at DE as well as DT, and could start at either spot.
Explodes of the snap and uses excellent hand work to get past the point of attack quickly.
Has an apartment in opposing backfields.
He can come at you with a wide range of weapons.
Very disciplined player, and high football IQ.
Numbers improved every season in college.
As strong against the run as he is against the pass.
Feet are always churning.
A real team leader. Like having an extra coach on the field.
Plays with violence and a nice nasty streak.
The Bad
Lack of supreme height may limit him at end, and he may be forced full time to tackle.
He may have to increase bulk to play inside.
Limited against double teams.
Does not have great pursuit speed, and can get left behind.
40 time is really not good.
Had his deficiencies buried and hidden by being surrounded by great talent all of the time.
Final Overview

Allen is a sure fire first round draft pick, but he does not come without warts. He will need to bulk up and play DT on the next level, because he lacks certain intangibles to play at DE. He is a super productive, high motor player, who leads by example, and is not afraid to get loud on the practice field. If I am an NFL GM, I find a use for him, and make the pick. 

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