After dynamic pass rusher Myles Garrett and a pair of quarterbacks went with the first three picks, the Jacksonville Jaguars had their choice of the next best defensive prospects with the fourth-overall pick.
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There was a bit of consideration for an uber-talented safety prospect like Jabrill Peppers or Jamal Adams and edge rusher Tim Williams was also on my mind. That being said, Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen seemed like the most logical selection.
While defensive line is not a major need for the Jaguars, this is a perfect situation of selecting the best player available. Allen is an extremely talented and versatile defensive lineman who does not have any real weaknesses up front.
Allen is incredibly quick and explosive off of the snap and has ridiculous hands as both a pass rusher and against the run. He has a well-rounded skill-set that will translate extremely well to the next level. Allen is a bit of a tweener, but in today’s game of football, that is not a bad thing. Alabama does a great job of allowing Allen to dominate as a power defensive end on early downs, while he kicks inside as an impact interior rusher on passing downs.
This guy is a complete football player who would immediately make the Jaguars a much better defensive squad. An impact pass rusher who can also dominate against the run, Allen is the logical choice here. Plus, he has the raw talent and athleticism to make incredible plays like this:
— Tang™ (@shemar63884523) October 26, 2016
Suffice it to say that he might be able to some things at the next level and really help the Jaguars defense.