At 6’3 and 285 pounds, Jonathan Allen looks every bit a run-stuffing defensive lineman. With 67 quarterback pressures in 2016, he also has the kind of power to collapse pockets from any position where he lines up. That versatile combination made him one of the safest prospects in the 2017 NFL draft.
On Thursday night, Washington selected Allen with the No. 17 overall pick.
Allen spent four years at Alabama, transitioning from linebacker to defensive lineman for one of the nation’s most disruptive units. He developed from rotational contributor to SEC Defensive Player of the Year, recording 22.5 sacks the past two seasons and leading the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 2015 and nearly another title last fall. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed — he earned the Chuck Bednarik, Rotary Lombardi, and Bronco Nagurski Awards in 2016.
Dobb majored in aerospace engineering at Tennessee. When he appeared on Gruden QB Camp, Jon Gruden asked the young quarterback if he wanted to play quarterback or build rocket ships.
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