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NFL Network analyst studies two UA defenders, Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson

Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson (No. 22) pressure Michigan State QB Connor Cook: Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen and linebacker Ryan Anderson were two of five junior on defense that decided to forgo the 2016 NFL Draft and return to Tuscaloosa for their senior years.

Both players made Athlon Sports’ preseason All-SEC teams for 2016 and have a chance to be first-round values going into next year’s draft. Daniel Jeremiah, an analyst for NFL Network, has studied the hands, feet and pass rush capabilities of both Allen and Anderson this week.

Allen led the Crimson Tide in sacks (12) and tackles for loss (14.5), while Anderson put in 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2015. The two helped anchor a front seven that was first nationally against the run (75.7 ypg) and in scoring defense (15.1 ppg). Jeremiah has been impressed with Allen’s quick hands and Anderson’s overall speed on the edge in attacking plays.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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