Allen, the former Crimson Tide star defensive lineman, was once considered a likely top-five pick, but slid all the way to Washington at No. 17 on draft night.
"[The Redskins] got a steal because if everyone isn't afraid of his shoulder, which was never a problem, here, he would have been picked in the top five," Saban told ESPN's John Keim.
Saban is referring to the concerns about Allen's surgically repaired shoulders, which are both moderately arthritic. That wasn't the only concern evaluators had about Allen, though, as one executive predicted a couple weeks before the draft that Allen would be a surprise slider, citing a lack of explosiveness.
Now, before anyone completely dismisses Saban's comment as just another college coach singing the praises of his former player, keep in mind that the Alabama coach doesn't think all of his players are steals.
If he's still being called a steal years from now, a few GMs might be wishing they had such foresight.