Jonathan Allen
Allen with the Washington Football Team in 2021
No. 93 – Washington Football Team
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 (age 27)
Anniston, Alabama
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Virginia)
College:Alabama (2013–2016)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:264
Sacks:26.0
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jonathan Allen (born January 16, 1995) is an American football defensive tackle for the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama and was drafted by Washington in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early years

Allen was born in Anniston, Alabama, and lived in Seattle, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Maryland before settling down in Ashburn, Virginia, where he attended Stone Bridge High School.[1] As a senior in 2012, he was the Virginia Gatorade Football Player of the Year.[2] During his career, he had 308 tackles and 44 sacks. Allen was a five-star recruit and was ranked amongst the top of his class.[3] He committed to play college football for the University of Alabama.[4][5]

College career

Allen played in 13 games as a true freshman at Alabama in 2013 and had 16 tackles. As a sophomore in 2014, he played in all 14 games and made 12 starts. He was named first team All-SEC after recording 33 tackles and 5.5 sacks.[6] As a junior in 2015, Allen started all 14 games for the Crimson Tide, who won the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship over the Clemson Tigers by a score of 45–40.[7] Allen went on to win the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, and Lombardi Award for his performance in the 2016 season.

Statistics

Year Games played Tackles For loss Sacks Forced fumbles
2013 7 15 3 0.5 1
2014 14 32 11 5 0
2015 14 36 14.5 12 2
2016 15 69 16 10.5 0
Totals 50 152 44.5 28 3

Professional career

Coming out of Alabama, Allen was projected to be a top five pick by some NFL draft experts. His stock began to decline after teams became concerned when he was diagnosed with arthritis in one of his shoulders and had surgery on both, two weeks before the combine.[8] He was ranked as the top defensive tackle by Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Focus, and NFLDraftScout.com.[9][10][11] ESPN ranked him the second best defensive lineman behind Myles Garrett.[12] Even with the arthritis diagnosis, Allen was projected to be a first-round pick by analysts and scouts.[13]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+58 in
(1.90 m)
286 lb
(130 kg)
33+58 in
(0.85 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
5.00 s 4.50 s 7.49 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[13]
Allen (#95) in a game against the Oakland Raiders during his rookie season
Allen (#95) in a game against the Oakland Raiders during his rookie season

The Washington Redskins selected Allen in the first round, 17th overall, of the 2017 NFL Draft.[14] He signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $11.59 million, on May 11, 2017.[15] Allen recorded his first career sack in a Week 3 game against the Oakland Raiders.[16] In Week 6, he suffered a Lisfranc injury against the San Francisco 49ers.[17] He later underwent surgery and was placed on injured reserve on October 19, 2017.[18]

Allen returned for the 2018 season and started all 16 games, recording eight sacks, 61 total tackles, and 15 quarterback hits.[19] The team exercised the fifth-year option on his contract on April 27, 2020.[20] After playing the defensive end position for the first three seasons of his career, Allen switched over to defensive tackle after the team's new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio implemented a 4-3 defensive scheme.[21][22]

On July 27, 2021, Allen signed a four-year contract extension worth $72 million.[23][24] On December 13, 2021, he was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list, but placed back on the active roster five days later.[25][26] After recording a sack in the Week 15 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Allen set a new career high of 8.5 sacks in a single-season.[27] In December 2021, Allen was voted to the 2022 Pro Bowl, his first Pro Bowl selection.[28]

References

  1. ^ Scarborough, Alex (November 29, 2016). "Why Nick Saban loves Jonathan Allen so much". ESPN. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Brandon Parker (November 29, 2012). "Stone Bridge's Jonathan Allen named the Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year". Washington Post.
  3. ^ "Jonathan Allen".
  4. ^ Paul Tenorio (May 21, 2012). "Stone Bridge DL Jonathan Allen, a two-time All-Met, commits to Alabama over Florida". Washington Post.
  5. ^ "Nation's top defensive end Jonathan Allen commits to Alabama". AL.com.
  6. ^ "Jonathan Allen significantly bigger, adding to Alabama's versatility along defensive line". AL.com.
  7. ^ "Alabama holds off Clemson 45-40 for national title". USA TODAY. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Lewis Jr., Lake. "Could shoulder concerns drop Alabama's Jonathan Allen to Redskins?". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Chris Burke (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL Draft rankings: Top prospects by position". si.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "Top 32 Prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Allen, DS #1 DT, Alabama". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  12. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking 2017 draft's top 100 players". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "NFL Draft Profile: Jonathan Allen". NFL.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  14. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Jonathan Allen drafted by Redskins". NFL.com. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  15. ^ "Sportrac.com: Jonathan Allen contract". sportrac.com. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  16. ^ Inabinett, Mark. "Alabama NFL roundup: Jonathan Allen records first sacks of career". AL.com. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  17. ^ Daniels, Tim. "Jonathan Allen Diagnosed with Lisfranc Injury, Could Miss 3-4 Weeks". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  18. ^ Czarda, Stephen (October 19, 2017). "Redskins Place Jonathan Allen On Injured Reserve, Sign A.J. Francis To Active Roster". Redskins.com.
  19. ^ "Jonathan Allen 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "Redskins pick up fifth-year option on Jonathan Allen, one of the best players on a rising defense". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  21. ^ Iannaconi, Emily (May 22, 2020). "Jonathan Allen Can Help Lead The Washington Redskins To Their First Winning Season In Four Years". Forbes.com. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  22. ^ Neel, Zachary (May 24, 2020). "Jonathan Allen is excited for switch to 4-3 defensive scheme". USAToday.com. Retrieved October 5, 2021.
  23. ^ Keim, John. "Jonathan Allen, Washington Football Team agree to $72 million extension". ESPN. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  24. ^ Selby, Zach (July 27, 2021). "Washington Signs Jon Allen To 4-Year Extension". WashingtonFootball.com. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  25. ^ Washington Football Team Public Relations (December 13, 2021). "Washington places Jon Allen, 3 others on the Reserve/COVID-19 list". WashingtonFootball.com. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  26. ^ Washington Football Team Public Relations (December 18, 2021). "Washington activates multiple defensive linemen off Reserve/COVID-19 list". WashingtonFootball.com. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  27. ^ Washington Football Team Public Relations (December 22, 2021). "Washington-Eagles Wednesday Stats Pack". WashingtonFootball.com. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  28. ^ "Brandon Scherff, Jonathan Allen named to 2022 Pro Bowl". WashingtonFootball.com. December 22, 2021. Retrieved December 23, 2021.