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For the second straight, a player named Josh Allen will be a first-round pick. This year’s version will be tasked with making the other Josh Allen – and every other fellow quarterback – miserable. Starting out as a basketball player, Allen, 21, was a late bloomer and didn’t generate much recruiting buzz. He started playing football early in high school as receiver but eventually hit his stride as a pass-rusher his senior year. Allen improved throughout his four-year Kentucky career to win the Lott Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to All-American honors. Terrorized opposing offenses as a senior with 17 sacks and five forced fumbles. His sister, Myisha, plays for the Washington Mystics in the WNBA.

Size

6-5, 262 pounds

Combine notables

40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds (T7th at position)
Bench: 28 reps (2nd at position)
Broad jump: 118 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.23 (2nd at position)

What the analysts say

“True hybrid linebacker with elite physical traits who has the ability to float between coverage and pass rush duties. Allen’s diverse skill-set could offer a creative defensive mind a fun toy to deploy around the field, but his NFL value will rest in his ability to menace the pocket as 3-4 rush linebacker. He’s fine-tuned a couple of go-to rush moves but will need to continue to diversify his rush portfolio as a pro.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

“Josh Allen’s burst, bend and length provides an exciting foundation to work from in becoming a high-impact pass rusher in the NFL. That said, there is still room to grow in terms developing counters, improving his vision and adding play strength that indicates an extremely high ceiling as he evolves as a player. Allen has already proven his ability to function with his hand in the dirt, as a stand up edge and dropping into coverage making him a scheme-versatile defender that would thrive in a defensive front that is multiple.” – Joe Marino, The Draft Network

What PFF says

-1st in pass-rushing productivity
-9th in pressures per snap on outside rush
-28th in run-stop percentage

Chart via Pro Football Focus Draft Guide

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