The Washington Redskins didn’t look far in the search of their next star player. Leesburg’s Jonathan Allen will be returning to Loudoun as he launches his NFL career.
The defensive end was a standout on dominating teams at Stone Bridge High School and then went on to become the best player on the nation’s best college team, Alabama.
Allen was picked in the first round—17th overall—in last night’s NFL draft. That means you can be expected to see him back in Ashburn quite a bit over the next five years, the term of rookie contracts for first-rounders.
Talking with reporters following his selection, Allen recalled attending the Redskins training camp in Ashburn as a child to watch Donavan McNabb. Now, Loudoun youngsters will be lining up to see him play for the burgundy and gold.
Allen, who won the 2016 Chuck Bednarik and Bronko Nagurski awards as the nation’s top defensive player, was expected to be off the board by the time the Redskins made their pick, but concerns about a previous shoulder injury is suspected as causing him to slide out for the top 5 and then out of the top 10.