Jonathan Allen-DE-Alabama
Size: 6’3 291lbs

Jonathan Allen

Strengths: 

  • Technique
  • Versatile
  • Athleticism
  • Leadership
  • High motor

Analysis: Jonathan Allen was the de facto leader of the Alabama defense that was one of the most ferocious in my lifetime. The Alabama coaching staff worked wonders on Allen who is one of the most technically sound lineman in this draft and in the last few years. He can play outside and inside. Quick off the ball. Superior hand-grappler who can control the wrists and forearms of his opponents with accurate hand placement over wild chops and slaps. Varied approach as a pass rusher. Excellent athletic ability and possesses flexible hips. Able to coordinate hands, feet, and hips to climb over the edge against tackles. Has play strength and quickness to rip through the weak inside post of a guard. Strong on the edge. Has speed down the line to close down back-side cuts. Feet never seem to stop. Vocal leader willing to give strong corrections to teammates in practice. Came to Alabama as an outside linebacker and runs like it when he’s in the open field.

Weaknesses:

  • Size
  • Lateral quickness
  • Struggles against double teams

Analysis: Allen does lack the height teams look for from defensive ends. He’s not very long and could struggle to win the race for hand positioning against long NFL tackles. Found himself engulfed by linemen with mass from time to time. A move inside could require more bulk on his bones. Not built to take on double-team blocks for a living. Doesn’t possess lateral quickness and twitch to contain speedy running backs from getting the corner when he’s at defensive end. Teams utilizing one-gap scheme could question his lack of tackles on other side of the line.

NFL Comparison: La’Roi Glover

Draft Projection: Top 10

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