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2017 Mock Drafts: Jonathan Allen To The Redskins?

jonathan-allen-alabama-2016-660-350.jpg's Will Brinson is going in a different direction in his mock draft update, as he has the Redskins trading up to get the No. 2 pick and Jonathan Allen.

One potential offseason scenario that has been floated out there recently is the Washington Redskins potentially looking to move up in the draft while trading away quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Check out photos of Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen.

While the Redskins remain steadfast on keep Cousins for the 2017 season for many more after that, one draft pundit sees Washington actually pulling the trigger on a trade involving the Pro Bowl quarterback.

In his latest mock draft,'s Will Brinson thinks the Redskins will trade up to the No. 2-overall pick in exchange for Cousins and the No. 17-overall pick.

"And here's the biggest win for the Redskins," Brinson writes. "They get to nab a monster on the defensive line, who can immediately improve them on that side of the ball. Offense is a different issue, of course, after losing their starting quarterback and top two receivers."

Allen may be a familiar name to Redskins fans, as the 6-foot-3, 291 pounder is a native of Leesburg, Va., and attended Stone Bridge High School.

After a recruit process in which several high profile college programs were interested in him, Allen attended Alabama.

In four seasons for the Crimson Tide, Allen collected 152 tackles along with 28 sacks, six passes defensed, three fumbles forced, three fumbles recovered and a touchdown.

During his senior season in 2016, Allen was one of the most productive defensive linemen in the country, finishing the year with 69 tackles along with a team-high 10.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries.

He was a unanimous first team All-America selection along with being named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Ted Hendricks Award.

As a junior in 2015, Allen was named a first-team All-SEC selection by coaches and the Associated Press, recording 36 tackles along with 12 sacks.

According to his draft profile, Allen is "technically proficient in all phases."

"Plays outside and inside. Quick off the ball. Superior hand-grappler who can control the wrists and forearms of his opponents with accurate hand placement over wild chops and slaps. Varied approach as a pass rusher. Excellent athletic ability and possesses flexible hips. Able to coordinate hands, feet, and hips to climb over the edge against tackles. Has play strength and quickness to rip through the weak inside post of a guard. Can club with either hand to soften the edge of a blocker. Has posted consistent quarterback pressure and sack numbers despite playing in less than half of the defensive snaps. Alert against the run. Quick to diagnose the mesh point against zone reads and gives chase to the ball. Strong on the edge. Has speed down the line to close down back-side cuts. Feet never seem to stop. Vocal leader willing to give strong corrections to teammates in practice. Came to Alabama as an outside linebacker and runs like it when he's in the open field," his profile states.'s Lance Zierlein adds that Allen is an "outstanding leader and athlete with an ability to rush the passer from outside or inside."

"Has produced against the run and pass thanks to his strength, agility, elite hand usage, and plus footwork," Zierlein writes. "He might not be the cleanest fit inside as a full-time tackle for some teams, but his talent should trump any size concerns. Allen is a likely first-round selection with Pro Bowl potential down the road."

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