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NFL Draft 2017: Jonathan Allen selected 17th overall by the Washington Redskins

Allen becomes the 20th Alabama player drafted in the first round under Nick Saban

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Former Alabama All-American Jonathan Allen was drafted 17th overall by Washington.

Allen becomes the latest addition to the “First Rounders Society” of Alabama players in the Nick Saban Dynasty, joining Andre Smith (2009), Rolando McClain and Kareem Jackson (2010), Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones, James Carpenter and Mark Ingram (2011), Trent Richardson, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont’a Hightower (2012), Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker (2013), C.J. Mosley and HaHa Clinton-Dix (2014), Amari Cooper (2015), Ryan Kelly (2016) and Marlon Humphrey (2017).

He’s the only the second defensive lineman to be drafted in the first round during this period of time following Marcell Dareus in 2011 and the eighth overall in the history of the university.

Allen is the ninth defensive player from the Tide to be drafted since 2000 and the 28th overall. He follows in a great tradition of Tide linemen drafted in the first round, including Dareus, John Copeland, Eric Curry and Marty Lyons.

Allen will no doubt bring the [team] a much needed jolt on their defensive line. He’s tough, has a high football IQ and is natural leader.

Congratulations to Jonathan and best of luck in the NFL!