Josh Allen

Kentucky

Prospect Info

College
Kentucky
Hometown
Class
NJ
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
262 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
8 3/4”

Prospect Grade

6.66
Chance to Become Pro Bowl-Caliber Player
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Jacksonville
Jaguars
Round 1 ‧ Pick 7
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.63u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
28
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
--
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.15
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.23
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Allen is a New Jersey native but played three years of high school football in Alabama before moving back to Jersey for his senior year (43.5 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks). Kentucky convinced him to come back to the South for college. He played in 12 games as a reserve in 2015 (four tackles, 1.5 for loss) before turning up his game as a sophomore. started nine of 13 games in 2016, accumulated 62 tackles, 8.5 for loss, and a team-high seven sacks. He also led the SEC with four forced fumbles. Allen started all 13 games as a junior, topping the Wildcats with 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks while being credited with 65 tackles, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. High expectations were set for Allen in 2018 and he exceeded them, winning the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Trophy for being one of the top defenders in college football. The First-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC pick led the Wildcats with 88 tackles in 13 games, tied for sixth nationally with 21.5 tackles for loss and ranked second in the FBS in both sacks (17) and forced fumbles (five).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1, top 5 pick
NFL Comparison
Anthony Barr
Overview
True hybrid linebacker with elite physical traits who has the ability to float between coverage and pass rush duties. Allen's diverse skill-set could offer a creative defensive mind a fun toy to deploy around the field, but his NFL value will rest in his ability to menace the pocket as 3-4 rush linebacker. He's fine-tuned a couple of go-to rush moves but will need to continue to diversify his rush portfolio as a pro. He's not a glass-chewer and doesn't always impose his will at the point of attack, but the tools to become dominant as a run defender and pass rusher are all at his disposal.
Strengths
  • Elite size, speed and explosiveness with frame to get even stronger
  • Has the traits and talent to physically challenge tackles
  • Has talent to effectively drop and cover or attack the passer
  • First-step rush quickness with charge to challenge the edge
  • Long, lateral slide to access his inside rush counter
  • Impressive accuracy as hand-fighter
  • Greases the edge with well-timed chop from inside hand
  • Maintains top gear through the turn
  • Targets football for strip sacks once he turns the corner
  • Possesses traits and tools to become strong edge-setter
  • Stalking speed and length to corral running backs in space
  • Adequate fluidity in zone coverage
  • Able to mark tight ends downfield in man coverage
Weaknesses
  • Needs to impose will on tight ends at point of attack
  • Usage of hands needs improvement across the board
  • Length doesn't always show up like it should
  • Catches rather than pop with hands
  • Slow to recognize and diagnose misdirection
  • Undisciplined with contain duties
  • Freelances inside, allowing himself to get sealed
  • Linear pursuit and sluggish with change of direction and turns
  • Needs to diversify rush approach
  • Lacks sharp hip flip or upper-body turn to climb over the edge
  • Needs to incorporate a quality mid-rush counter
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league