Alabama DE Jonathan Allen is already being tabbed as one of the early can’t-miss prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft, and with good reason.
Allen, who tallied 14.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks in 2015, is expected to take on an even larger role as a senior in the Tide’s vaunted defense this season. And scouts are taking notice.
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah gave rave reviews on Allen. While he feels Allen lacks elite speed to make him a true edge-rusher at the next level, he more than makes up for it with his technique, versatility and hand movement.
All of those factors, Jeremiah said, would make him an ideal fit as an interior lineman in the NFL.
“He can survive at defensive end on run downs if needed, but I believe he’s ideally skilled to be a very disruptive defensive tackle at the next level,” Jeremiah said in his analysis. “There will be very little assembly required once he lands on an NFL team.”
Jeremiah finished his analysis of Allen by comparing him to Tennessee Titans DE Jurrell Casey, who has 28 sacks in five seasons for the Titans, including 7 in 2015.