Jonathan Allen had one of the best seasons in recent memory for defensive lineman in college football.
Just last week, the Alabama defensive lineman was one of the best prospects in this year’s draft. That might be changing after his medical exam at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
Allen had shoulder surgery before his senior season at Alabama. Even after a stellar final season, questions still remain on Allen’s health.
According to the exam given at the combine earlier today, Allen has moderate arthritis in both shoulders.
News that Jonathan Allen has moderate arthritis in both shoulders is huge. Fact is arthritic conditions never improve, they only get worse
— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) March 2, 2017
According to Alabama team doctors, however, the conditions have not affected his on the field production.
“Jonathan has really played without symptoms in his shoulders, and it’s something that has not affected his performance or function.”
That showed last season when he finished with 69 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 passes defended and a defensive touchdown. That production helped him finish 7th in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Before the combine, Allen was a consensus top-five pick. Now enter the shoulder concerns. This is similar to what Star Lotulelei had to deal with a few years ago.
Allen can still redeem himself though with an impressive showing in the bench press. Something he tends to compete in to show NFL teams that he is worthy of a top-five pick.
The NFL Draft is a giant scratch off lottery ticket. Teams put in all this work to make the right selection, but at the end of the day you still will not know until the player steps onto the field.
That is what a team will have to gamble on if they draft Jonathan Allen.