INDIANAPOLIS — An NFL Network report this week threw at least a temporary wrench in the thought that Jonathan Allen would be a top-five pick, with word getting out that the Alabama defensive lineman has arthritis in his shoulders.
While the report from Ian Rapoport described the arthritis as "moderate" in his left shoulder and "mild" in his right shoulder, Allen on Saturday said he doesn't have any medical restrictions and doesn't believe those issues will impact his pro career.
"The shoulder feels good," Allen said. "Every doctor said if there's a problem, it's after football, way after football. I have no concerns with it at all."
Added Allen: "It's probably the best I've felt in the last four years. I feel good, refreshed, re-charged, ready to go."
If what Allen said publicly fits with what teams discover during extensive medical evaluations of him this week in Indianapolis, it'll quickly buff away any dings to the 6-foot-3, 286 pounder's draft stock.
Pro Football Focus rates Allen as the second-best player in the 2017 draft, only behind Texas A&M's Myles Garrett, and is in play for the Bears at No. 3. Allen notched 16 tackles for a loss and 10 1/2 sacks in his senior year at Alabama.
"I feel like I'm mentally prepared for whatever happens," Allen said. "At Alabama it's definitely not the easiest thing to do for four years. I feel like coach (Nick) Saban has prepared me really well for this opportunity and I plan take advantage of it."