Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky #41

6041, 260, 4.64

Notes: Born in Cumberland County, VA. His sister, Myisha Hines-Allen is a pro basketball player for the Washington Mystics. Lived with his aunt in a small-town in Alabama his first three years of high school and was an all-state wide receiver as a junior Moved back to his hometown of Montclair, NJ, where he was a defensive end his senior year. Lightly recruited out of high school and did not receive an offer from in-state Rutgers at the time. Originally committed to nearby Monmouth, but then received a scholarship offer from Kentucky and chose the Wildcats. Played in all 12 games as a backup linebacker and contributed on special teams, with 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL and 0.5 sacks as a freshman in 2015. Played in all 13 games with 9 starts, recording 62 tackles, 8.5 TFL and 7 sacks in 2016. Played and started all 13 games, posting 65 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 1 INT (returned 14 yards), 4 PBU and 2 FF in 2017.

Positives: Excellent blend of size, speed, quickness and athletic ability. A force at times as a pass rusher off the edge. Has the speed to win around the corner, but has also developed his power and an array of counter moves to work back inside as well. Penetrates and disrupts. Can stack at the point of attack. Difficult to block. Sheds and pursues effectively. Team leader. Conscientious worker who pays attention to details and want to get better. Gets high marks for his overall character. Has gotten better every year.

Negatives: Still learning and somewhat unrefined.

Summary: First-round talent who could crack the top ten overall by the time the full pre-draft process is complete.

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