Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen has the skill set to be a dominant player in the NFL.
School: Alabama Ht: 6-3 Wt: 294
Allen has an dangerous combination of hand quickness, awareness and strength. He is a supreme technician when it comes to the hand battle against offensive linemen. Versus the run, he shoots his hands violently and immediately, generating jarring blockers at the point of attack. Locates the ball and then aggressively sheds the blocker. As a pass rusher, he rarely exposes his chest to blockers. Allen has a variety of hand moves to generate pressure. He uses a quick swipe, club/rip or push/pull move very effectively. He is at his best when he’s lined up inside, over the guard. He uses his quickness and power to overwhelm interior blockers on a consistent basis. He is also superb on twists. He is extremely aware vs screens and he avoids getting caught too far upfield. He has a non-stop motor and has high-end conditioning.
Allen’s versatility is a big plus, but he may be better served to play inside at the next level. When he’s coming off the edge, he lacks elite burst and I he may have trouble dealing with NFL-caliber offensive tackles on a play in and play out basis. Also, his effort is relentless on the back side of plays, but he lacks the elite speed/quickness to make some of plays when the ball goes opposite from him.
Allen is an absolute technician. NFL defensive line coaches could easily compile a teaching tape based on how he attacks and gets off blocks. He can survive at defensive end on run downs if needed, but he’s specifically skilled to be a very disruptive defensive tackle at the NFL level. Allen is a prototypical plug-and-play talent, the day he steps onto an NFL field.