2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen



COLLEGE: Kentucky

CLASS: Senior

2018 STATS: 88 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 4 passes defended, 5 forced fumbles (13 games)

CAREER STATS: 220 tackles, 42 tackles for loss, 31.5 sacks, 1 interception, 8 passes defended, 11 forced fumbles (42 games)

GAMES WATCHED (10): Mississippi State, Florida, Texas A&M, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Penn State, Central Michigan (2018)

4.63 28 118″ 7.15 4.23

BALL GET-OFF (18/20)

  • Good first-step quickness
  • Good snap count anticipation


  • Solid as a front-side run defender — has enough strength to hold up at the point of attack, set the edge; occasionally struggles to shed
  • Can engage blockers and flow to the ball/shed blocks on perimeter runs
  • Pretty good tackler, although he occasionally shoulder tackles instead of wrapping up
  • Good playmaking range as a backside/pursuit run defender
  • Good at slanting into gaps for tackles in the backfield

TECHNIQUE (11.25/15)

  • Has solid collection of initial moves — swipe/rip, speed chop, dip-and-rip, two-hand swat
  • Hand placement vs. the run is solid
  • Can occasionally get washed out of plays in the run game due to high pad level
  • Usually able to win/keep pads clear with his initial pass rush move, but when his rush stalls at the top of the arc, he doesn’t consistently have a secondary move to go to or he’s late to deploy his second move

POWER (12/15)

  • Strong enough to hold up at the point of attack as a run defender
  • Flashed speed-to-power with bull rush and long arm moves


  • Very good flexibility through shoulders, hips and ankles
  • Can flatten his path to the quarterback at tight angles


  • Good size for a 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 defensive end
  • Solid length with 33 1/2″ arms

MOTOR (4.5/5)

  • Motor generally runs hot, occasionally jogs in backside pursuit


  • Good closing speed
  • Fairly fluid mover
  • Can be a little slow to re-accelerate after changing direction


  • Effective in zone coverage
  • Shows the ability to cover tight ends and running backs in man coverage

OVERALL GRADE: 85.25/100.00 —  1ST ROUND — Good player with Pro Bowl potential

SCHEME FIT: 3-4 OLB ideal; could fit at 4-3 DE or 4-3 SLB


“Josh Allen is a versatile edge prospect who can rush the passer, defend the run and drop into coverage. His explosive first-step and flexibility allow him to beat offensive tackles around the outside track on a consistent basis. While Allen was usually able to win around the outside edge in college, he tended to struggle when his first move didn’t land. Allen will need to further develop his counter game to eliminate “dud” rush attempts that stall at the top of the arc. As a run defender, he is generally solid, although he can struggle to shed blocks at the point of attack on occasion. With a few years of physical and technical development, Allen can develop into a double-digit sack producer and consistent Pro Bowler.” — Dan Wussow

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