In this 2019 NFL Draft profile, we look at the strengths, weaknesses and draft prediction of edge defender Josh Allen, out of Kentucky.
In 2015, Josh Allen entered Kentucky University as a backup during his freshman season. He only played in three games and he totaled four tackles, 1.5 for loss and half of a sack. His sophomore year would be much more impressive.
In 2016, Allen started grabbing everyone’s attention. In 13 games, he had 62 tackles, with 32 of them being solo. He also recorded 8.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. His junior year pretty much mimicked his statistics, however, he increased his tackles for loss to 10.5.
With repeat statistics, nobody could have ever imagined what his senior year would hold. Allen dominated the field. He recorded 88 tackles; 56 solo tackles with 21.5 for loss and 17 sacks. Yes, I said 17 sacks. It’s no wonder he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded annually to the best defensive player in college football.
Allen is very versatile and athletic. He plays smart and is very quick and instinctive off the edge. His abrasive approach allows him to get around the corner. He has great body control in his hips and shoulders. His versatility allows him to succeed in pass coverage while being able to quickly shift into a run defender. He pays attention to his opponents and can read plays well. His frame and build are ideal for the position.
He needs to strengthen and condition his lower half, or he won’t be able to always be matched up against offensive tackles. He has difficulty keeping his balance when opponents are coming straight for him on running plays.
NEW YORK JETS PREDICTION
Allen would be a perfect fit for the Jets. His athleticism and versatility would help take the pressure off of Leonard Williams. However, with the No. 3 overall pick, the Jets may lose him to the San Francisco 49ers who pick second. There’s also the possibility that the Jets will trade down and lose the opportunity altogether. If Allen dominates the combine, he will definitely be a top five 2019 NFL Draft pick.