Kentucky Wildcats Josh Allen

The 2018 NFL Draft gave us Wyoming QB Josh Allen who ended up being one of the most polarizing prospects in the entire class with many either loving him or really disliking him as a prospect. The 2019 has their own version of Josh Allen but he is a pass rusher within the SEC and already getting some first round buzz. Here we’ll take a look at the Kentucky Wildcats Josh Allen and what his traits are and where he fits the best in the NFL.

Kentucky Wildcats Josh Allen Traits

Anytime you talk about edge defenders, the first thing that comes to mind is whether they can rush the passer. Allen isn’t an explosive athlete and can struggle to win with speed off the edge but he does have above average athletic ability and can show the ability to turn the corner with ankle flexibility to get after the passer. Allen needs to get better with his hands which if he’s able to develop a couple of go to moves he could be dangerous.

Against the run Allen shows the ability to set the edge against tight ends using his length to create leverage forcing running backs to either get deeper or redirect back inside. Allen also has the ability to shoot gaps and attack when needed. Unlike a lot of other edge players, Allen does have the ability to drop into coverage. Not a smooth athlete Allen can be a bit herky jerky but uses his athletic ability to play underneath zone defense and has enough speed to run with tight ends. Against South Carolina Allen did well when covering 2018 first round pick Hayden Hurst.

 

Where does Kentucky Wildcats Josh Allen Best Fit

One of the comparisons we’ve seen with Josh Allen has been former Georgia Bulldog and current Chicago Bear Leonard Floyd because he has good height, length and most of all his versatility. While Allen doesn’t have Floyd’s explosiveness or bend he looks to be thicker which should help as he plays along the edge.

Allen would be best served to play on a team that lines up standing on the edge either as an OLB in the 3-4 or even in a defense that has a strongside linebacker up on the tight end. That way Allen can be moved around more taking advantage of his versatility to play the run, rush the passer and even match up with certain offensive weapons.

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