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Grading Johnathan Allen to the Redskins

Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

The Redskins’ defense is on the rise. With the offseason addition of defensive end Terrell McClain, last year’s pick up of corner Josh Norman, and getting the biggest steal so far in the 2017 draft, Jay Gruden’s club may finally have an elite defense to pair with their elite offense.

While rumors swirled last night that the Browns were pushing for a Kirk Cousins trade, nothing has yet been announced. Should everything stay put in Washington, expect them to once again push for the NFC East title.

Projected as a top five prospect coming into last night’s first round, Allen’s unfathomable free fall came to a stop at 17th overall. Johnathan Allen can be an immediate impact kind of guy as a rookie. His new team has the challenge of going up against the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive line – arguably the best in the league – twice a year, a feat that has been daunting in the years past. However, Allen has all the tools to be a future pro-bowler and has the competitive drive to match. Should he blossom into the player many expect him to be, the Cowboys will be the ones with a daunting task.

The Redskins run a 3-4 base defense, much like Nick Saban has liked to run in his tenure. Because Allen comes in after being a four-year contributor to the nation’s top defense, expect his learning to curve to be slim to none. He will be starting by fall.

Grade: A+

Jake Weaver is a contributor for TD Alabama Magazine and Bama Hoops Hype. You can contact him via email at [email protected], phone at 205-612-5060, and follow him on Twitter for sports news/commentary @JAWeaver0


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