DL Jonathan Allen, Alabama
6’3”, 286 lbs.
Allen is the ultimate tape and production vs athletic testing and medical, type of prospect. If you watched him these past two years and look at the type of production he had in the SEC he seems like a surefire top 5 pick. If you just projected him on his size, lack of athleticism and medical concerns he might not even be drafted. Now tape obviously matters more, but you can’t just ignore the poor testing numbers and the medical concerns are there and will be a major negative for some teams.
In the end I think Allen still goes in the top 20, and he’ll likely go to a 3-4 team that is a better fit for his skill set, even without the athletic ability. Allen’s technique and quickness off the snap will fit best in that system, and it’s the best way to maximize his talent.