Josh Allen- OLB Kentucky

6-4 7/8, 259, (PD) 4.62

32 7/8" Arms, 8.75" Hands, 

9'8 Broad! 31" Vert, 

7.03 3-Cone, 4.12 SS,

The Best Pure Pocket Passer In The Draft, But... 

By TOM

Allen is the best pure speed rusher in this Draft. He is not the best against the run, but he is also excellent in coverage outside. That is a heck of a combination for a DC. A 3-4 team will not pass on him. He was the best rusher last season with 17 Sacks, and he was the best DE/OLB moving back in coverage. 

He will line up in man in the slot on the TE. He will line up occasionally with his hand down, and they will double him with the ORT and ORG. He can get past the double team, when they use the RB to block him behind the OLT. He has that knack for turning the RB inside while setting the edge. Nice coverage on short patterns on the TE. 

I love when he lined up in the slot like he was covering the Slot WR. Then he'd explode inside and runs past the OLT like he was standing still. That is why he reminds me of Mack. He also beat Little right off the snap on the next play. Great job protecting the edge. He shoved off the Tight End, and tackled the QB trying to turn the corner on the keeper. They finally scored by running the QB away from Allen. 

It is amazing how consistently he got through the line unblocked. He can move off the line, and chuck the slot guy, and drop into a zone effectively. He is so much better moving forward. He can drop and jam the WRs in the flat. It is amazing how he can pop inside, and then hop outside to chase the RB, and the OLT canít touch him. 

Very smooth moving backwards in coverage, with his eyes up watching the QB. Nice job looping to the QB. When they play a great scrambler, he seemed to drop more than normal. Great quick hands. He has a great first step to burst past the ORT and cause the Hold. He is a force forcing the QB to throw the ball away. He makes OT start falsely. 

Career: Did not miss a game in his four-year career, playing in all 51 games with 35 starts. Totaled 224 tackles, 41.0 TFL, 31.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries, 11 forced fumbles, eight PBUs, two fumble recoveries, one blocked kick and one interception in his four-year career. Helped lead UK to three straight bowl games for the first time since going to five in a row from 2006-2010. Helped lead UK to a 10-win season, which included a win over Penn State in the 2018 VRBO Citrus Bowl ... Marked the most wins in 41 years. Broke UK's career sacks record with 31.5. Broke UK's single-season sacks record in '18 with 17. Moved up to No. 9 on the SEC's career sacks list. Had 41 tackles for loss which ranks second all-time at UK, behind Oliver Barnett's 43. Forced 11 fumbles, tying Danny Trevathan for the UK career record (forced fumble stats available since 1988). Named a consensus First-Team All-American in 2018, UK's first consensus All-American since wide receiver/kick returner Derek Abney in 2002 and the first unanimous selection since defensive lineman Art Still in 197. Swept the national defensive player of the year awards in 2018 as he was honored with the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Jack Lambert Award ... UK's first winner in every category. SEC Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-SEC selection in 2018.

He is terrific in coverage. He will drop and cover his area. W hen the tight end runs into his zone, he can cover him and cause the incompletion. Elite bend. No one gets lower bending the Corner and dipping under the OLT. He is one of the quickest Iíve seen changing direction. "I think heís really taken it to another level," Kentucky HC Mark Stoops said. "Heís been very conscientious, working extremely hard to be very detailed in all aspects of his game." Nice job using his hands to fight off blocker. 

He does not let blockers hold his shirt. "I started learning about Bud (Dupree) and ZaíDarius (Smith) and all them," Allen said. "Randall Cobb, I didnít know he went here. I had to learn." I just love how he sets the edge.

"Coming back for another year will be the best way for me to grow physically and mentally and prepare for my ultimate goal of playing in the NFL," Allen twitted. "This coming year will be special for the University of Kentucky football team because we have a plan, not only to win the East, but to win the SEC! Let's finish what we started."

Great shedding the TE and slicing inside to get the RB behind the line. "I think heís really taken it to another level," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. "Heís been very conscientious, working extremely hard to be very detailed in all aspects of his game." He reminds me of Khalil Mack.

He waits on the backside like a sniper. "Itís definitely an 'I told-you-so moment,'" Fiore said. "I tweeted it out and all that when it said projected first round. Cause whatís funny is thatís the terminology I used when I was trying to sell him three years ago to people. Iím like, 'You're passing up on a future first-round draft pick." Then crushes the RB whenever he tries to cut back. 

Great smarts on defense. "As a high school coach, when you send your kid off to an FBS school and they sign the scholarship, the thing you donít wanna see is your phone blowing up from that school," his High School HC Fiore said. "Iím like 'Freak. What did Josh do?' I pick up the phone thinking the worse. D.J.ís like, 'Coach, I just want to thank you from the University of Kentucky. We love Josh Allen. And itís not just the football staff: itís the training staff, itís the nutrition staff, itís the guys in the dorm, itís the registrar, itís campus police. Everybody who's ever bumped into or met Josh Allen loves him. We want to thank you.'" Top character guy. 

2018 Overview: Senior (Team Captain). Started in all 13 games. Had a team-high 88 total tackles, 17 quarterback sacks, 21.5 TFL, seven QB hurries, five forced fumbles, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Led the SEC in quarterback sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles. His 17 sacks were the most by an SEC player in a single season since the NCAA started official sack records in 2000. Ranked second nationally in sacks, fourth in fumbles forced and sixth in TFL. Thirteen of his 17 sacks were in the second half, four in the third quarter and nine in the fourth quarter. UK did not allowed a point on all 17 opponent possessions that he had a sack

South Carolina: He has great suddenness in his shoulder. Great quicks in stop and go move. He flies by OLTs like like bees swarming a hive. He scares QBs with his twitch upfield in the rush. Twitchiest rusher in this Draft. Amazing COD. He will stunt inside to free up the outside blitzer, and then when the blitzer misses the QB suddenly slash back outside and hit the QB. No one moves on the field like this guy in the rush. 

He can play the run game as well He can set the edge with his long arms, and then grab the RB as he tries to slice inside of him. Terrific job covering the RB out and down the sideline. He is so good at setting the edge. He can catch the RB with one hand, while holding off the OLT with the other for a TFL.

Combine: Allen is the best 3-4 OLB in this Draft. He is not a DE, and the NFL doesn't seem that way. He tested with the LBs, not the DEs at the Combine. He is a stand-up/hand-down Edge guy. But if you put him in a 3-4 where he can rush and drop in coverage to confuse the QB, he will be one of the top weapons in the NFL. He is a great mover in coverage. He can cover RBs, TEs, and WRs on the Edge. 

Allen was the best rusher in the SEC at OLB. He might be the most undervalued player in this Draft. Elite burst and speed to the corner. Elite bend around the edge. Williams, Sweat, and Allen were the three fastest guys to the QB in this Draft. He was the best pass rusher in college football last season, the best Edge in coverage, and still was a force against the run. He led his team in tackles with 88. 

Most versatile OLB in this Draft. He is an all out all the time guy. He was the best Defensive player in football last year. Despite dropping into coverage more than most Edge guys, he still garnered an incredible 17 Sacks 21.5 TFLs in the SEC. He did a great job improving his size. Nice pedal. Good hips. He can open his hips. Nice hands to catch.

He won the Bednarik. Most versatile OLB in this Draft. He is an all out all the time guy. I kept seeing of Khalil Mack when I watched him, only Allen dropped into coverage more. He did a great job improving his size. Nice pedal. Good hips. He can open his hips. Nice hands to catch. Terrific covering the TE down the Seam. He can go deep down the Seam leap up and knock down the pass. 

Georgia: He is very good against the run. Team will try to run at him. But he stands up blockers, and makes the tackle. Nice job grabbing the TE, reading run, and tossing him aside to chase the RB. Great job tossing the TE aside and hitting the RB when they try to run at him.

Nice job faking the rush, and then picking up the RB out of the backfield. He can cover. Very alert player. When Fromm fumbled the shotgun snap, he was twice as far away as Fromm. He attacked forward and dived on the ball for the great fumble recovery. Nice job jumping back on the Draw, and moving inside to hit RB trying to run under him.

Terrific job fighting on the edge on runs to his size. He can fight off the TE, and make the stop on the power run right at him. Nice job covering the TE on the out. Nice shoulder club into the Rip. He single-headedly kept Kentucky in the game in the 1st half against Georgia, with two fumble recoveries. Terrific job fighting inside through multiple blocker to get a hit in on the RB. 

2018 Season: Had a career-high 15 tackles, including a pair of quarterback sacks for -12 yards vs. MTSU. Had eight tackles, four tackles for loss (-19), including a career-best three quarterback sacks (-17), one fumble caused and one quarterback hurry in the win over South Carolina. First UK player with three sacks in an SEC game since Marlon McCree vs. South Carolina in 1998. First UK player with four tackles for loss in any game since Marlon McCree vs. Florida in 1998. Totaled six tackles, two tackles for loss, a quarterback sack, a pass breakup and a QB hurry in the win over No. 14 Mississippi State. Had five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one QB sack, one fumble caused, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in the win at No. 25 Florida. His QB sack on the gameís final play caused a fumble that UK returned for a touchdown, clinching the win for the Wildcats ... Also had a key pass breakup on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. First-Team Preseason All-SEC (Coaches, Street & Smith's). Second-Team Preseason All-SEC (Media, Phil Steele, Lindy's). Third-Team Defense Preseason All-SEC (Athlon Sports). Midseason All-American (CBS Sports, ESPN.com, Sporting News, AP, The Athletic and Pro Football Focus).

Josh Allen Vs Penn ST: 

I didn't watch this game. I hope he does well. This is why he goes to the Jets at Three. 3-4 Coordinators crave rushers, but rushers who can drop and cover and confuse OLs as to when they're coming or going makes them look like geniuses (:01). He is a speed rusher who you can line up on the Strongside and he can still wreak havoc. He sets the edge, reads and reacts (:08). He is also a force on the blindside edge. Watch the speed upfield to get by the OLT almost untouched (:16). You have to double him on the edge. With his ability to drop into coverage, which they have him do a lot early in games, really helped to confuse the offense. 

He can also line up inside the OLT. He is a true 3-4 OLB (:26). He set the edge. Read the QB, then jumped into the passing lane to help cause the bad throw (:34). He picked up the TE going down the seam, as the ORT moved outside eyeing him (:49). He has those instincts to stay with the QB (:57). He tried an inside move, but got stuck on the double (1:05). That will come in handy later. 

He burst inside to the RB, and got cracked back by the TE or he had Sanders. Teams had to scheme against him every week. He got special attention every week (1:15). Watch the great explosion on the inside move that got him past the ORT before he could get his hands up (1:23). There is no one in this Draft faster to the QB on the inside move (1:37). He was so fast that the ORT never saw him, and the ORG pretended he didn't. Watch the great COD by the QB to make Allen miss. It was only matched by Allen's even better COD, to stop and dive back for the Sack. A 3-4 Coordinator only needed to see the first two minutes of this Tape to see all the different things he can do with him to destroy the schemes and dreams of opponents. 

But we get to continue. Two rushers got to the QB, because two OLs slid over to Allen unapologetically and weren't letting go. This is the havoc he causes. He was my favorite player to watch this year. 17 sacks bitches (1:58). Fooled by the Option, but watch the lateral explosion to almost get back to McSorley (2:22). He wins hand fights with explosion up field (2:32). The lateral burst inside to the swipe, and then the burst upfield. 

Watch the great stunt inside. Then the burst to panic the QB. And the Elite COD and agility to turn and sack him (2:54). His explosion inside is remarkable. He went upfield, and turned inside behind the stunt. Then the great burst forward. Watch the hands attack the OLG and made him look hapless (3:02). Then the last sudden explosion back inside to sack the QB again. 

Then he dropped. The OLT and OLG can't stop peeking at him (3:12). McSorley couldn't get rid of the ball fast enough. He didn't test with 4.5 speed at the Combine (4.62 at Pro Day). But he played with 4.5 speed (3:29). Turning the Corner is as much about burst and bend as it is about speed (3:38). Watch the bend and burst in this Rip. Best bend in the Draft. 

Then he moved inside into the double to free up the outside rusher. He was the only guy trying to cover the TE (3:47). Watch him grab the double so the outside blitzer was free to hit the QB (3:55). Oh, did I tell you he played special teams? He does. Very well (4:03). He was always fighting and working his hands and leverage to get around the blocker (4:35). He finally worked his way  past him with a Swim. 

He protected the edge. It's funny how even on plays of non-consequence they just can't block him (4:51). Nice jam at the line in coverage (5:05). Nice jam on the TE to take him out of his route (5:45). Zone drop (5:52). He covered sometimes almost as much as he rushed.

Then the OLs stop peeking at him and he exploded into the backfield (5:59). He read the play wrong, and it looked like he dislocated a finger (6:08). I don't care what his Forty is. Just watch his speed, agility to take the hit and still bend around the Corner (6:16). You can see the arm swipe to knock the OLT's outside hand off his shirt (6:25). Then the OLG grabbed his shirt from behind. But watch this lateral explosion inside to grab McSorley. I'm not sure there are two or three other guys in the Draft who could bend that turn. 

He slowed down and dropped a lot. But when they got in trouble they rushed him. With the RB chipping him outside, he rushed inside and hit McSorley as he threw. Great pressure to bring up 3rd Down (8:14). They ran away from him for the 1st (8:23). He covered the TE outside and McSorley still ran away from him (8:33). He is my favorite player in this Draft. He was the most productive rusher. Which is not said enough, and he did it in the SEC. He also is the best in coverage of all the top rushers. 

Allen Vs Penn ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guV-FyX0Mw0

Josh Allen FLA:

He is one of the quickest Iíve ever seen changing directions. Nice job using his hands to fight off the blocker. He does not let blockers hold his shirt. Elite Bend around the Corner. I just love how he sets the edge. Then sheds the TE and sliced inside to get the RB behind the line. He just waits on the backside and then crushes the RB whenever he tries to cut back. Great smarts on defense. 

Nice double shoulder shove into a Rip. He can read the option, and then burst inside and get in on the tackle. His eyes are a little batter this season. He does do some read and react. Great job setting the edge. Then jumping around the short setting TE, and hopping past him to the RB. He just moves at a different speed. Great twitch. Great job getting up field and seeing the run to the other side. Then retreating and seeing the RB cutback, and can get back across the OC and tackle the RB. They move him around a lot. 

Fakes forward nicely, and then zone drops. Which causes the OLT to reset inside. Nice and fluid moving backwards out to the flat in zone coverage. He can get to the RB when they dump it off to him. He got taken out of the FLA game with a cramp in his calf. He does a great job keeping blockers at arms length. He seems to have a knack for shedding blockers whenever he wants to. 

Great job stunting inside, and then getting across the line when the QB ran to the other side. He is a hunter moving towards to the QB. He lines up on the 2nd level and he will drop and cover the slot WR. Nice job setting the edge. He can pull himself past the blocker when he reads it. He was better attacking and reacting than reading. When he lined up in the slot, I love how the O-line still shifted to his side. 

He will line up on the TE in the slot and cover him. He can also shed him, and grab the RB as he tries to slash by. Pure OLB. He can slap the OLT arms down, and dip into the QB with elite lean. He will line up at OLB, and then drop, which I hate. But he draws so much attention from O-lines that other guys go unblocked and get to the QB. 

Allen Vs FLA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONQk1zfHWvc

Allen's Official Bio:

Career: Did not miss a game in his four-year career, playing in all 51 games with 35 starts. Totaled 224 tackles, 41.0 TFL, 31.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries, 11 forced fumbles, eight PBUs, two fumble recoveries, one blocked kick and one interception in his four-year career. Helped lead UK to three straight bowl games for the first time since going to five in a row from 2006-2010. Helped lead UK to a 10-win season, which included a win over Penn State in the 2018 VRBO Citrus Bowl ... Marked the most wins in 41 years. Broke UK's career sacks record with 31.5. Broke UK's single-season sacks record in '18 with 17. Moved up to No. 9 on the SEC's career sacks list. Had 41 tackles for loss which ranks second all-time at UK, behind Oliver Barnett's 43. Forced 11 fumbles, tying Danny Trevathan for the UK career record (forced fumble stats available since 1988). Named a consensus First-Team All-American in 2018, UK's first consensus All-American since wide receiver/kick returner Derek Abney in 2002 and the first unanimous selection since defensive lineman Art Still in 197. Swept the national defensive player of the year awards in 2018 as he was honored with the Bronko Nagurski Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Jack Lambert Award. UK's first winner in every category. SEC Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-SEC selection in 2018.

2018 Overview: Senior (Team Captain): Started in all 13 games. Had a team-high 88 total tackles, 17 quarterback sacks, 21.5 TFL, seven QB hurries, five forced fumbles, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Led the SEC in quarterback sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles. His 17 sacks were the most by an SEC player in a single season since the NCAA started official sack records in 2000. Ranked second nationally in sacks, fourth in fumbles forced and sixth in TFL. Thirteen of his 17 sacks were in the second half, four in the third quarter and nine in the fourth quarter. UK did not allowed a point on all 17 opponent possessions that he had a sack. Consensus First-Team All-American (Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sports Illustrated, TheAthletic.com, ESPN, Associated Press, College Football News, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, USA Today, CBS, American Football Coaches Association, Athlon). SEC Defensive Player of the Year (AP, Coaches, Athlon, ESPN). 

2018 Awards and Honors: Consensus First-Team All-American (Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sports Illustrated, TheAthletic.com, ESPN, Associated Press, College Football News, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, USA Today, CBS, American Football Coaches Association, Athlon). SEC Defensive Player of the Year (AP, Coaches, Athlon, ESPN). First-Team All-SEC (AP, Coaches, Athlon, ESPN). Bronko Nagurski Award winner, National Defensive Player of the Year. Chuck Bednarik Award winner, National Defensive Player of the Year. Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy winner, National Defensive Player of the Year. Jack Lambert Award winner, National Linebacker of the Year. Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club SEC Lineman of the Year. Butkus Award finalist. Walter Camp Player of the Year finalist. Ted Hendricks Award finalist. Maxwell Award semifinalist. Lombardi Award semifinalist. Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week (10/28). Four-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (9/10, 9/24, 10/1, 10/29).

Helped lead UK to its best regular-season record in 41 years, since the 1977 team went 10-1. Earned unanimous All-Bowl Team selection (ESPN, USA Today, Associated Press and Sports Illustrated) after charting three quarterback sacks and a QB hurry in the 27-24 Citrus Bowl win over Penn State ... Also blocked a field goal that provided the margin of victory. Named Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week three times, the first player to win the POW award three times since Manti Teío of Notre Dame in 2012. Named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week after charting a then career-best 11 tackles (nine solo), including a pair of quarterback sacks both of which caused fumbles, in the win over Missouri. Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week four times after wins over Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Missouri. 

2018 Season: Had a career-high 15 tackles, including a pair of quarterback sacks for -12 yards vs. MTSU. Had eight tackles, four tackles for loss (-19), including a career-best three quarterback sacks (-17), one fumble caused and one quarterback hurry in the win over South Carolina. First UK player with three sacks in an SEC game since Marlon McCree vs. South Carolina in 1998. First UK player with four tackles for loss in any game since Marlon McCree vs. Florida in 1998. Totaled six tackles, two tackles for loss, a quarterback sack, a pass breakup and a QB hurry in the win over No. 14 Mississippi State. Had five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one QB sack, one fumble caused, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry in the win at No. 25 Florida. His QB sack on the gameís final play caused a fumble that UK returned for a touchdown, clinching the win for the Wildcats ... Also had a key pass breakup on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.

2017 Junior: AP All-SEC Second Team. Phil Steele All-SEC Third Team. Butkus Award Semifinalist. AP Midseason Second-Team All-American. Sports Illustrated Midseason Second-Team All-American. First-team Midseason All-SEC by The All-American. Played and started in all 13 games. On the season, had 65 tackles (fourth on the team), a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss, a team-high 7.0 sacks, a team-high four QB hurries, 3 PBUs, two forced fumbles and one interception. Ranked tied for eighth in the SEC and 36th nationally in sacks per game (0.58). Got his first career interception at No. 7 Georgia, returning it 14 yards. Has totaled 19.5 career TFL, 14.5 career sacks
2016 - Sophomore: Played in all 13 games with nine starts. Ended the season as UK's seventh-leading tackler with 62
Led the team and tied for 12th in the SEC in sacks with 7.0. Third on the team in tackles for loss with 8.5 for 49 yards
Recorded seven or more tackles in four games, while he had a tackle for loss in nine of Kentuckyís 13 games
Forced four fumbles, leading the SEC in that category. Made his first career start at Florida. 

2015 Freshman: Played in all 12 games as a reserve linebacker and contributor on special teams. Had four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss and half a sack. 

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