Washington Football Team training camp profiles: Defensive Line

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Jonathan Allen

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 08: Jonathan Allen #93 of Washington jogs off the field after losing to the Green Bay Packers 20-15 at Lambeau Field on December 08, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Jonathan Allen

Experience: 4th season

Draft Status: 2017 first-round pick, 17th overall

2019 Stats: 15 games (15 starts), 68 tackles, seven TFL, six sacks, one pass defense

2020 Outlook: Since being a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Allen has morphed into a rock-solid defensive end. He thrived as a five-technique in the team’s 3-4 defense. And in the 4-3, he should have even more positional versatility.

Allen has strength, power, and solid athletic ability. While he will mainly play as an all-around defensive tackle who thrives against the run and the pass, he could also see some time on the edge as a run stopper there. His versatility will allow the team to use him in a variety of roles across the defensive front. It will be interesting to see how Jack Del Rio deploys Allen and what growth Allen can have under the experienced defensive coordinator.

Expected Role: Starter and locker room leader. Allen is the top-dog on Washington’s young defensive line. He may not get the same hype as the edge players get, but he has been hyper-productive the past two seasons. He’ll continue to log 60+ percent of the defensive snaps.

Status: It goes without saying that Allen is a roster lock. He should be a team captain again as well. There are few players more important to the success of the defense than the up-and-coming defensive lineman.

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