Few folks surrounding the NFL thought Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen would fall to the Redskins with the 17th pick. He did, and Washington is that much better because of it.
Pro Football Focus loved the pick, so much that the group ranked Allen's selection as the top value pick in the 2017 Draft. From PFF:
The No. 2 overall player on PFF’s big board, Allen has been one of our favorite players in the class for quite some time. His 67 total QB pressures last season were easily the most among interior defenders in the FBS, and he also earned the eighth-highest grade in run defense. Allen also offers an upgrade to a huge need position where Washington lost their best interior lineman in Chris Baker.
Allen will likely be immediately pressed into service for the Redskins, though he will have to earn his snaps from free agent additions Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee.
Going into the 2017 offseason, it was obvious the 'Skins needed to overhaul their defensive line. Drafting Allen ranks as the strongest move toward that effort.
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