New York Jets Draft Profile: Josh Allen, edge, Kentucky

Josh Allen, Kentucky Wildcats. New York Jets. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Josh Allen, Kentucky Wildcats. New York Jets. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

As we continue our draft profiles leading up to the big day, here is another player on the radar of the New York Jets; Josh  Allen from Kentucky.

Let’s continue down that road of New York Jets draft speculation. We have just started breaking down the prospects that are being associated with the Jets, and will likely hit some that we BELIEVE should be associated with the Jets.

What is this time if we don’t speculate anyway? All quotes and mini-camps? Nah. Speculation is what we do.

The other day we broke things down about Quinnen Williams. Today we look at a guy that has been associated with the Jets and will continue to be, right up until draft day. Of course, that is Josh Allen from Kentucky.

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Allen found himself in the offensive backfield making plays more and more as the years went by.

As a sophomore he posted 8.5 tackles for a loss, going up to 10.5 as a junior and a whopping 21.5 as a senior.

Add 17 sacks to that senior and there is no wonder why Josh Allen is one of the most sought after players in this year’s draft.

Now we move to the breakdown from the Combine:




ARMS: 33 1/2″

HANDS: 8 3/4″

Like Williams, Allen was quick when running the forty yard dash, posting a 4.63. Obviously that’s not receiver fast but it certainly is 260 pound edge rusher fast.

Take a look at Allen’s matchup against Missouri from last season:

Pretty cool, huh?

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It is very easy to like what you see here. I know I do. I love the fact that he plays on either side of the line. It’s also a big plus that Allen can drop back into coverage competently. That’s a skill that players in school don’t often come out with.

Allen can do it well enough before even putting on an NFL jersey, and that is huge.

Fans will love his sheer speed. On the first sack of that tape, he takes a fast first step to the inside and the offensive lineman never has a chance.

At about the 8:25 mark Allen shows why he truly has the potential to be elite. His first step to the edge is so fast that the lineman can’t even stop him by holding him as Allen goes in and strips the football.

Imagine the Jets sporting a talent like that.

If we are nitpicking, we could say he could improve his ability to diagnose running plays at the line. Allen gets fooled a little bit easily. That will come as he watches more film.

The Jets could easily get Josh Allen in here and step the pass rush up to places it hasn’t been for a long time.