2017 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alabama IDL Jonathan Allen


PLAYER PROFILE


Height: 6-3

Weight: 291

College: Alabama

Class: Senior


STRENGTHS


  • Excellent hand usage — stacks and sheds blockers in the run game with ease, quick hands (push-pull, swim, rip, club)
  • Great leverage — always plays with low pad level
  • Good power — can ragdoll blockers or put them on skates with his bull rush, violent hands
  • Disciplined plays contain, maintains run fits, sets the edge
  • Great awareness
  • Good tackler
  • Good initial quickness — gets upfield with burst
  • Great play recognition — quick to diagnose
  • Versatility to play 3-technique, 5-technique, 4-3DE
  • Holds up well against double teams
  • Motor — finishes plays and hustles in backside pursuit
  • Flexibility — can bend the edge a little as an outside rusher

WEAKNESSES


  • Average pursuit speed — limits ability to make tackles on plays away from him

FINAL THOUGHTS


GRADE: 7.60/9.00 – TOP 10 – Future Pro Bowler, top 5-10 player at position

NFL COMPARISON: Fletcher Cox

PLAYER SUMMARY: Jonathan Allen is a versatile and technically sound defensive line prospect. On the interior, Allen wins with quickness against guards. Allen reminds me of Fletcher Cox as a scheme-versatile defensive lineman with the ability to hold the point as a 5-technique defensive end or 3-technique defensive tackle.

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