The Jets are trade-down candidates, but if they are forced to stick and pick, I think they will take either Nick Bosa or Josh Allen. If New York is stuck here, Allen would make sense to give the team a sorely needed pass-rusher coming off the edge.
For the NFL, Allen is fast and dynamic edge defender with natural feel to go along with a dynamite first-step. He closes in an instant, using his good athleticism to bend around the edge or dodge blockers. Allen has developed more functional strength to take on and shed blocks. As a senior, Allen also showed an improved ability to drop into pass coverage, making some huge pass breakups to lead Kentucky to a win over Florida early in the season. Allen is a quality run defender as well. He would be a great fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. In a 4-3, he could rush off the edge and play outside linebacker.
In 2018, Allen totaled 88 tackles with 21.5 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and four passes batted. Prior to dominating Vanderbilt and South Carolina, the senior was phenomenal in leading Kentucky to upsets over Florida and Mississippi State.
The 6-foot-4, 262-pound Allen was one of the top edge defenders in college football during the 2017 season. The junior totaled seven sacks along with 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and three passes batted on the year. Allen produced well as a sophomore in 2016 with 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles. One national scout compared Allen to Leonard Floyd coming out of Georgia with Allen's ability to rush off the edge. Another director of college scouting said that as an inside linebacker, Allen has similarities to current Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham in terms of his height, speed, length, and athleticism in the middle.
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Rd: 3 Pk: 4
Rd: 3 Pk: 29
Rd: 4 Pk: 3
Rd: 6 Pk: 23
Rd: 7 Pk: 3