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NFL Network analysts predict O.J. Howard, Jonathan Allen to have Hall of Fame careers

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The offseason never fails to deliver random topics.

During today’s airing of The Dave Dameshek Football Program Show via NFL Network, analysts Colleen Wolfe and Ike Taylor predicted former Alabama stars O.J. Howard and Jonathan Allen to have Hall of Fame careers.

Wolfe chose Howard on offense saying to Dameshek, “I’m going out on a limb and it’s the guy I keep on talking about, O.J. Howard.” After Dameshek points out that tight ends don’t make the Hall of Fame, Wolfe responded with “that’s right Dameshek, but Howard will be the outline.” Howard, who was selected 19th overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL Draft, ended his four-year tenure at the University of Alabama with 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdown catches.

Taylor, a former cornerback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, chose Jonathan Allen on defense.

Allen, a first-round selection to the Washington Redskins, notched 28.5 career sacks for the Crimson Tide – including 22.5 throughout the last two seasons under Nick Saban. While it should be interesting to document the careers of all Tide players that entered this year’s NFL Draft, hearing how the league is already high on Howard and Allen is very exciting.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer 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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