Jonathan Allen was one of the most dominant players in college football last year, but issues with his shoulders could scare NFL teams.
Allen is a potential top five pick, and could go as high as No. 2 after Myles Garrett. However, the Alabama standout has had surgery on both shoulders, and that could be a cause for concern.
NFL.com‘s Ian Rapoport spoke to an Alabama team doctor about Allen’s dual labral tears, and he admits that they won’t look good to those who inspect him.
Alabama team doctor Lyle Cain told me he knows that when teams examine the scans of Allen’s shoulders — both of which have been surgically repaired — they will say at first glance, “Man, he’s got some beat-up shoulders. But they don’t know the story.”
Yes, Allen did have labral tears in both shoulders fixed over the course of his impressive career at Alabama. His left shoulder is moderately arthritic and the arthritis is similarly mild in his right.
Cain told Rapoport that Allen doesn’t require treatment during the season, and he played through the injuries without symptoms, but the arthritis could be a red flag, according to former Bears scouting director Greg Gabriel.
News that Jonathan Allen has moderate arthritis in both shoulders is huge. Fact is arthritic conditions never improve, they only get worse
— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) March 2, 2017
Jonathan Allen was a dominant force on Alabama’s defensive line, and in my opinion, was the best player in college football last season. He is a rare talent along the defensive line that can play inside or at defensive end. However, teams at the top of the draft will always be leary of players with injury histories that could come back to haunt them. Hopefully Allen’s shoulders are not too big of an issue as we near the NFL Draft.