Jonathan Allen is one of the top defensive line prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft, if not the best. The Alabama defensive end should have no problem fitting any defensive scheme in the NFL.
Allen at the NFL Combine ran a 5.0 40-yard dash at 6-3, 286 pounds. In four seasons at Alabama, he produced 78 solo tackles, 44.5 tackles for loss and 28 sacks. Here is Allen's 2017 NFL Draft scouting report, provided by Optimum Scouting's 2017 NFL Draft Guide.
Jonathan Allen NFL Combine results
40-yard dash: 5.0
Bench press: 21
Broad jump: 108.0
3-cone drill: 7.49
20-yard shuttle: 4.5
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NFL Draft picks: Jonathan Allen scouting report
A three-year starter and three-time first team All-SEC pick, Allen is the most NFL-ready defensive linemen in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Allen ended his Alabama career as a two-time All-American, including a unanimous selection after his senior season to go along with other hardware. The Nagursky, Bednarik and Hendricks awards winner is a true team leader, and he's athletic enough to play anywhere on the defensive line in any scheme.
Allen might be best suited as a 3-4 five technique given his ability to crash rushing lanes and get to quarterbacks on third downs. Elite hand strength and usage is Allen's bread and butter, which allows him to effectively set the edge and keep blockers off his body.
While he lacks ideal height and length for an edge defender, Allen can be successful as an end in a 4-3 scheme, too. His above-average agility and footwork provide insane leverage, which allows him to take on double teams and free up pass-rushers and run-stoppers alike.
Allen lacks the speed necessary to track down ball carriers turning the corner, but he does have an impressive motor for a 290-pounder.
With Allen's ability to stack and shed blockers, combined with the awareness to finish plays in the pocket, his length should not be an issue.
Allen, a very coachable player who is fundamentally sound and smart, might be on his way to a Pro Bowl-level career in the NFL.
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This NFL Draft scouting report is included in Optimum Scouting’s 2017 NFL Draft Guide, which is available for purchase here. The draft guide includes 300-plus scouting reports as well as position-specific analytics for prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft.
(Report by Austin Baumer)