Get to Know Josh Allen
Winning the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and being named a consensus first team All-American in 2018, Allen put together on of the more impressive seasons on the defensive side of the football in NCAA history. This was the icing on the cake for an illustrious career for Allen at the University of Kentucky.
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Choosing to go back to school was the right choice for Allen as he was a projected third round pick just a year ago, and now looks to be a lock to hear his name called in the top-five of the 2019 NFL Draft in just a few weeks. He played so well, in fact, that he ended up withdrawing from the Senior Bowl, having nothing else to prove to NFL scouts and general managers.
Allen finished the 2018 season with 88 tackles, 21.5 of which came behind the line of scrimmage, a massive number of 17 sacks, and five forced fumbles for the Wildcats. He finished his four-year career in Lexington with 220 total tackles, 42 tackles for loss, 31.5 sacks, one interception, and 11 forced fumbles.
Measuring in at nearly 6’5 and 262 pounds at the combine just a month ago, Allen ran an elite 4.63 second 40 yard dash with explosive splits, and managed to pump out 28 reps on the bench press. In Indianapolis, Allen continued to solidify himself as a top-five pick and proved to be just who everyone thought him to be.
The draft is drawing near, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are doing their due diligence in anticipation for a pivotal 2019 NFL Draft entering a make-or-break year. With Allen coming to town, it would be hard to envision a scenario in which the Buccaneers would pass on his elite talent if he is still on the board to round out the top-five.