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Josh Allen | Linebacker

Team: Kentucky Wildcats
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 260

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Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen was awarded the Lott IMPACT trophy for 2018.
Allen cleaned up at award time, also taking home the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award. The senior linebacker finishes the year with 14 sacks, 84 stackles and five forced fumbles, and is considered one of the best edge defenders eligible for the 2019 draft. Dec 10 - 11:09 AM

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Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen will play in the Citrus Bowl against Penn State on New Year's Day.

Allen was recently awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award, and is viewed as one of the top linebackers not just in college football, but one of the best linebacking prospects in this year's draft. He cited "unfinished business" in a tweet announcing that he'll play in the game, and will give the Wildcats a chance at a ten-win season if they can beat the Nittany Lions. We'll also see Allen in the Senior Bowl.
Dec 7 - 5:03 PM

Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen was named the winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award.

Allen (6'5/260) is going out on his collegiate career like a king, scooping up the Nagurski Trophy earlier in the week and the Bednarik on Thursday -- both of which are awarded to the best defensive player of the year. For the 2018 regular season, Allen registered 84 tackles (18.5 for loss), 14 sacks, four passes defended and five fumbles forced while playing in all 12 of Kentucky's games. Allen has one game left in his collegiate career, against Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1, then it will be onward to his preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper referred to him as one of the most underrated prospects in the country back in mid-October, writing that he was "trending toward Day 1," while Kiper cohort Todd McShay ranked Allen as his No. 20 player in the country in his most recent Top-32 release.
Dec 6 - 9:12 PM

Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen was named the winner of the Nagurski Trophy.

The Nagurski is handed out annually to the top defensive player in the country. Allen (6'5/260) earns the honor on the strength of a 2018 season in which he registered 84 tackles (18.5 for loss), 14 sacks, four passes defended and five fumbles forced over the course of 12 games played. He is the first Kentucky player to ever win the award. Allen has already accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl as he looks to get his draft process started -- he could be selected as high as the top-10 in April -- but will first take part in the Citrus Bowl against Penn State on Jan. 1.
Dec 4 - 1:54 PM

Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Allen (6'5/260) will get his draft process started in earnest down in Mobile come January. He has been receiving all kinds of positive evaluations from the draft community this season, with The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard calling him "the most improved player in the country" at the end of October (Ledyard was not impressed by his 2017 work) and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. tabbing Allen as one of the more underrated prospects in the pool of draft-eligible players earlier in the month. The Kentucky standout could be in for a top-10 selection in April should the evaluating process break right for him.
Nov 15 - 8:49 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard believes Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen is "the most improved player in the country."

Ledyard thought Allen was extremely disappointing in 2017 but has now catapulted himself into the first round range. "Not only is he winning with speed and bend, but his hand usage and overall nuance as a pass rusher is much improved," Ledyard explains." He believes that Allen will be a top-20 pick in the draft with the upside to be selected inside the top 10.
Oct 28 - 9:33 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen is one of the 2019 NFL Draft's most underrated prospects.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder isn't underrated to SEC fans, who have watched Allen accrue eight sacks and 12.5 TFL this season. "Allen can bend the edge as well as any player in this class. He is going to be a really good 3-4 outside linebacker, and he's trending toward Day 1 next April," Kiper wrote. Our money has Allen going in the top stanza in April.
Source: ESPN
Oct 23 - 11:31 AM

Pro Football Focus has Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen as the highest graded edge-defender through Week 5.

This would likely be Joey Bosa if he was eligible, but because he's missed the past few weeks with injury, the spot goes to Allen. Deservedly so. Benny Snell gets the most recognition for the 5-0 Wildcats, but Allen (6'5/250) is a big reason for Kentucky's success. He has won 30.6 percent of his pass-rushing opportunities -- best in the FBS among edges -- and he also has a stout 82.0 grade against the run. Allen would have been a late Day 2 pick at best if he had entered the draft in 2018. He absolutely is on the first-round board right now. He has to be.
Oct 1 - 8:39 PM

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard lists Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen as a player who saw his stock rise after his performance on Saturday against Mississippi State.

Ledyard notes that he wasn't a fan of the junior's game tape, but he's clearly made big improvements this fall. "After not having a clue a year ago, Allen is starting to get his hips and feet turned to the pocket earlier, which is aiding him as a cornering rusher," Ledyard writes. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defender has made several of these "stock up" lists already, and it shouldn't shock anyone if he was one of the first linebackers off the board in 2019.
Sep 24 - 4:56 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen "has shown a great deal of development in his game."

Pauline writes that "Allen is much more than a one-dimensional defender" while specifically pointing to the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder's "solid" work against the run and the fact that he's shown nice improvements in terms of his ball skills. Through three games this season, Allen has recorded 19 tackles (4.5 for loss), two sacks and a forced fumble. Pauline views him as a first-round prospect.
Sep 21 - 1:42 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline listed Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen as a "riser" after his performance against Florida on Saturday.

Allen was excellent in the victory over the Gators, picking up five tackles and a sack and consistently putting pressure on Florida quarterback Feleipe' Franks and beating NFL prospect Martez Ivy often. "He’s developing into a three-down defender, and Allen comes with great computer numbers for the next level," Pauline writes. "If he continues to progress, he’ll move higher on draft boards." If he does move higher on draft boards, it seems likely that Allen goes in the first 32 selections.
Sep 10 - 3:28 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen can be a "top-forty selection" in next spring's NFL draft.

Allen (6'5/260), who accounted for 65 total tackles (9.5 for loss) and 7.0 sacks as a junior, made the decision over the winter to return to Kentucky for his senior season. That call could pay dividends for the spring. In summing up Allen's strengths, Pauline wrote that the linebacker is "forceful up the field, holds his ground against blocks and makes plays in every direction of the field." An AP second-team All-SEC selection last season, Allen will be a key figure in a defense that's looking to take a step forward after ranking 12th in the conference in total defense last season.
Aug 10 - 3:40 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler believes that Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen could become a first-round selection in 2018.

Allen (6'5/230) considered entering the draft this spring, but he's back at Kentucky for his senior season, and he could go in the first 32 picks come April with a strong final campaign. Brugler does note that he isn't great at one particular skill, but he's versatile, and can help as a pass-rusher, defender of the run or in coverage. "Although he probably won't go top 10 like the 2018 NFL Draft's [Former Wyoming QB Josh] Allen," Brugler writes, "the 2019 NFL Draft Josh Allen could make an Haason Reddick-like ascension into the first-round conversation if he makes the necessary improvements as a senior."
Jul 8 - 1:59 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projects the Broncos to take Kentucky senior LB Josh Allen with the 20th pick in his 2019 mock draft.

If you wanted Josh Allen in Denver, you might just get your wish. You'll just have to wait a year and you'll be getting a linebacker from Kentucky instead of a quarterback from Wyoming. Allen surprised many when he returned to school, but the 6-foot-5, 230-pound defender could be among the first defensive players off the board in 2018. "With his reach, range and instincts, he can be a plug-and-play threat at any linebacker spot right away," Miller summarizes.
May 1 - 12:59 PM

Kentucky junior LB Josh Allen will return to school for his senior season and forego the 2018 NFL Draft.

Allen's return to Kentucky is a major boon for the Wildcats defense. He's picked up 14 sacks the last two seasons, and was seen by many draft analysts as one of the more versatile linebackers in the class. A strong senior season from the 6-foot-5, 230-pound linebacker could see him enter first-round conversation.
Jan 8 - 5:46 PM