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Prospect Profile: Alabama DT Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen

Defensive line| Alabama| Senior

Height:6-foot-3*|Weight: *286 pounds

College Stats

2016: 69 tackles (33 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, two pass breakups, three fumble recoveries (two returned for touchdowns) in 15 games; won Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Ted Hendricks Award; finalist for Walter Camp Player of the Year, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Lombardi Award; unanimous All-America selection; SEC Defensive Player of the Year; First-Team All-SEC by coaches and media

Career:154 tackles (78 solo), 45 tackles for loss, 28.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, three fumble recoveries (two scores) in 57 games; finished career ranked second in school history with 28.5 sacks behind College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas; First-Team All-SEC in 2014, 2015 and 2016

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 5.00 seconds

Bench press: 21 reps of 225 pounds

Broad jump:  9 feet, 0 inches

Vertical jump: 30 inches

3-cone drill: 7.49 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.50 seconds 


Summary:The 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for Virginia and Parade All-American appeared as a backup in 13 games as a freshman. He raised his game as a sophomore with an increased role and finished second on the team with 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in starting 12 of 14 games played. Allen led the Crimson Tide with 14.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks (second-most in SEC) in 2015. He opted to return for his senior season and stacked up sacks, quarterback hurries and stuffed runners on his way to collecting multiple distinguished honors. Allen had remarkable fumble return touchdown runs of 75 and 30 yards in 2016 and help Alabama make the College Football Playoff National Championship for a second straight season (won in 2016, lost in 2017).

Allen was quite productive in a highly successful program, ratcheting up his impact each year. He is viewed as a player who could line up at multiple spots along the defensive line at the next level.

Stacking up: Daniel Jeremiah ranks Allen as the No. 6 overall prospect in the draft, noting Allen's effectiveness at stuffing the run and "very strong, violent hands" when using a bull rush on pass plays.

"I don't think he will be a dominant pass rusher at the next level but he can be disruptive and play on all three downs," Jeremiah wrote. "Overall, this is a dominating run defender with the versatility to play inside and outside."

Bucky Brooks ranked Allen as the second-best defensive end in this year's draft, but Mike Mayock listed him as the best interior defensive lineman. 

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College prep:Allen described to media members how he thinks his experiences at Alabama will help him in the NFL.

"I feel like I'm mentally prepared for whatever happens," Allen said. "At Alabama it's definitely not the easiest thing to do for four years. I feel like Coach [Nick] Saban has prepared me really well for this opportunity, and I plan take advantage of it.''

Allen said he takes pride on technique that's been refined by repetition.

"Coach Saban would always say, 'You have to do it not until you get it right, but until you can't get it wrong,' " Allen said. "So that's just something I live by, practice makes perfect, just doing it a whole bunch of times so it becomes second nature to you.''

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