2019 NFL Draft Profile: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

Josh Allen

Outside linebacker
6-4 7/8, 262
40 time: 4.63

OVERVIEW

A football renaissance in Lexington was sparked by experienced leaders, including Allen, who returned for his senior season and played a key role in steering the Wildcats to their first New Year’s Day bowl win in two decades (over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl).

Allen nearly entered the 2018 NFL draft after matching his breakout sophomore season total with 7.0 sacks, notching 66 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles to earn Second Team All-SEC accolades.

In 2018 Allen led the FBS with 17 solo sacks and new personal bests in tackles (88), tackles for loss (21.5), forced fumbles (five) and even passes broken up (four).

Clean on and off the field, Allen could be the first senior off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft.

ANALYSIS

Broad-shouldered, long-armed, muscle-bound and loose-hipped, Allen checks all of the boxes of a modern-day edge rusher.

Crafty and creative out of the two-point stance, varying his approach with speed, hesitation and an assortment of hand techniques, showing excellent coordination with his feet. Sudden off the ball to cross the face of tackles with a simple speed rush and complements it with an explosive counter back inside, balance in his spin moves and active, powerful hands.

Good core flexibility to dip under the reach of tackles and scrape the corner. Excellent hand-eye coordination to poke the ball free from unsuspecting quarterbacks even while being blocked, taking full advantage of his long arms. Has steadily improved as a run defender, showing pad level, balance and core strength to hold up at the point of attack. Developing strength to stack and shed blocks at the point of attack and the balance to string runs out wide or pursue downfield.

Projection: First Round

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