By: Steve Johnson
Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2015: 12 games. 4 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 0.5 sack, 1 pass break up
2016: 13 games. 62 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 4 FF
2017: 13 games. 66 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 1 int for 14 yards, 3 pass break ups, 2 FF
Accolades: 2017 Second-team All-SEC
History: Three-star prospect, he attended Montclair HS. Comes from a family of athletes, both sisters played D1 basketball and one currently plays in the WNBA, his uncle Gregory Hines played 12 years of professional basketball. Began his High School career in Alabama, before moving back to his home town of Montclair, NJ.
Strengths: Great size. Fluid athlete. Can win with speed off the edge. Closing burst is impressive. Makes plays in the run game slashing down the line of scrimmage. Has some experience dropping as a cover LB, although clearly not natural for him, his athleticism provides upside there. Motor is always running.
Weaknesses: Pass rushing moves are lacking, gets away with being a better athlete at the moment. Doesn’t have the strength to anchor in the run game. Will need to add bulk to play on the defensive line, although that’s not likely his calling. His awareness and anticipation is still coming along.
Overview: Allen has the versatility to play in multiple defensive schemes at the next level. He has fluid hips that provide upside in coverages, although still new to him. Taking away his speed on the edge completely, would be a mistake as he’s a gifted athlete with good length. Regardless of where he lines up in the NFL, he surely will make an impact.
Draft Projection: First Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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