Chargers Draft

LA Chargers: A 5-year history of the 17th overall pick

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Jonathan Allen
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2017: Jonathan Allen, DE, Washington Commanders

This is yet another example of a great player being taken with the 17th overall pick. Has Jonathan Allen been an All-Pro like Derwin James in his career? No. But he is a one-time Pro Bowler (making it this season) and was a big contributor for Washington even before getting the Pro Bowl nod.

Allen did not have much of a rookie season as he played just five games because of a fracture in his foot. However, since then, Allen has been one of the most consistent and reliable defensive players in the league. Allen has missed just one game since his rookie season.

In his sophomore season, the former Alabama edge rusher recorded eight sacks and 15 quarterback hits. That would be the most sacks he recorded in a season until 2021, where he finished with nine sacks on the ledger.

Even though his sack numbers have not been that high, Allen has still been very impactful. He has constantly generated pressure on the quarterback over the last two seasons, finishing with 67 quarterback pressures in 2021 and 47 quarterback pressures in 2020.

If the Chargers got an edge rusher of Allen's ability in the 2022 NFL Draft to put alongside Joey Bosa then it would be hard to not be happy. He may not be one of the elite, premier pass-rushers in the league but he is absolutely part of a collective effort in Washington that is dangerous.

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As long as the Chargers do not reach for an offensive tackle only to play at guard then they seem to be in great shape with the 17th overall pick.

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