Being a rookie in the NFL can be a harrowing experience, as players have to learn a new system, get used to a new environment, and try and impress their new teammates.
Former Alabama stars Ryan Anderson and Jonathan Allen seem to be making the adjustment just fine so far, per Redskins.com.
“That kid Ryan Anderson, if you’re going to have an alpha male in the locker room, he looks like that guy. He don’t smile that much, man, but he loves to practice and he loves the game of football. Jonathan Allen, with Coach [Jim] Tomsula, is going to bring a lot to the defensive front.”
Those are the words of the Washington Redskins’ Vice President of Personnel Doug Williams, who knows a thing or two about winning in the NFL. As quarterback, he led the Redskins to a big victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.
Allen was the first round pick (17th overall) for the Redskins in the 2017 NFL Draft while Anderson (49th overall selection) went in the second round. Both have been impressive, but for Williams, it is Anderson who has started to stand out the most.
“You look at him, you figure he’s an inside linebacker, which he has played, but I think he’s versatile enough. He’s a pretty good pass rusher,” William said. “He’s strong as all [get] out, though. He might not be as long as the rest of those guys, but he can shorten things up pretty quick.”