2019 #7 Jacksonville Jaguars – Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
NFL Draft Scout
OUTLOOK: The reigning Nagurski, Bednarik and Lott IMPACT award winner as the nation's top defender, Allen is more decorated than a wedding cake, projecting as an early first round pick and Day 1 NFL starter. Perhaps no player better exemplified the value in returning for one's senior season than Allen, who helped guide his beloved Wildcats to a 27-24 Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State - Kentucky's first New Year's Day Bowl game in two decades. It was anticipated that with another season of honing his technique Allen's stock would improve but few anticipated him more than doubling his previous single-season sack total, racking up an FBS-leading 17 solo quarterback take-downs, as well as setting new personal bests in tackles (88), solo stops (56), tackles for loss (21.5), forced fumbles (five) and even passes broken up (four). Given his ideal blend of size, athleticism and production against elite competition, Allen ranks as one of the "safer" prospects of the 2019 draft class, though skeptics will point out that he was surrounded by a great deal of talent at Kentucky (especially in their secondary), aiding his cause as a rusher.