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NFL Draft Off the Clock (Picks 17-20): Jonathan Allen, Adoree' Jackson, O.J. Howard, Garett Bolles
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3 May 2017 01:46 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Alabama Crimson Tide defensive tackle Jonathan Allen. (Image Source: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Here’s a breakdown of picks 17-20 of the 2017 NFL Draft (Picks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16):

17. Washington Redskins: DT Jonathan Allen, Alabama

Many draft experts and prognosticators had Allen rated as a top-five prospect so Washington crushed their first pick in the post-Scot McCloughan era in terms of “value.” Among the most offensive-heavy teams in the NFL in how they’ve allocated their assets (picks/money), it was time to address the defense. If Allen can stay healthy, which is a concern, he can help their defense against the run and provide an interior pass rush. I like this pick but don’t love it, as Allen may have been slightly overrated by many in the media. He doesn’t have the type of size to really battle in the trenches at defensive tackle and lacks the twitchiness of an elite edge rusher. The measurables of a top-five pick simply aren’t there, but at No. 17 Washington got themselves a productive player if they use him properly.

18. Tennessee Titans: CB Adoree’ Jackson, USC

A SPARQY athlete with 4.42 speed so you can understand why the Titans drafted the Man of Troy, who also fills a need in their defensive backfield. Jackson will have an opportunity to compete for a starting role right off the bat and will surely make an immediate impact as a return specialist. He’s undersized but has the tools to play on an island once he polishes the rough edges in his game. I’m not sure if he’s ready to start but if he makes similar strides to his growth from his sophomore to junior seasons, Jackson could prove me wrong. Blessed with elite ball skills, he even played some receiver at USC. The All-American track star will be an elite kickoff and punt returner who will make Titans fans jump out of their seats when he has the ball in his hands  

19. Tampa Bay Bucs: TE O.J. Howard, Alabama

Another Alabama player who fell out of the top 10, Howard is an absolute steal for the Tampa Bay Bucs as they continue to add pieces around Jameis Winston on offense. Howard is an elite athlete who is also a legitimate in-line blocker, which is why he was the consensus top tight end in this class. He has good length and wingspan, but probably could use a little more bulk, which his frame should be able to support. A big play waiting to happen, Howard is explosive, can fly for a man of his size, and has very good lateral agility. I expect him to develop into a Pro Bowler catching passes from Winston. A perfect complement to Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, Howard will help Tampa’s passing game without sacrificing what they’re trying to do on the ground. Arguably the best value pick of the first round.

20. Denver Broncos: OT Garett Bolles, Utah

In need of a left tackle, the Denver Broncos made Bolles the first offensive lineman off the board in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, many question his ability to be a true blindside protector as he may end being better suited playing on the right of the O-line and possibly even shifting inside to guard. But for now, he will remain at tackle and presumably compete for a starting role in training camp as the Broncos look to sure up their trenches. Believe it or not, at 297 pounds, size is part of the issue, as well as short arms, and small hands for a tackle. Where he does score high marks is in the athleticism department. Bolles has nimble feet and moves very well, both laterally where he can mirror pass rushers, as well as up field to get to the second level as a run blocker.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email:

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