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Josh Allen is being projected as a 1st round draft pick

The junior linebacker may not be back for another season if his stock continues to rise.

NCAA Football: Kentucky at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

When linebacker Josh Allen first committed to the University of Kentucky, he was a 2-star recruit out of Montclair, NJ. Now many NFL teams are grading him as a potential first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

According to Charlie Campbell of, “"Sources from multiple teams say that the Wildcats' Josh Allen could end up being a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft as well."

Allen had a solid sophomore season, collecting 62 tackles and 7 sacks while playing in all 13 games. This season, he is currently sitting at 4th in the nation with 5.5 sacks in just 5 games to go with his 31 tackles.

Campbell has heard Allen compared to Leonard Floyd of Georgia in terms of his ability to rush from the edge. However, many scouts also like that Allen can play inside linebacker as well.

Other NFL sources say he reminds them of Texas Titans linebacker Zach Cunningham in terms of his size and his ability to fly around the field.

Both of these comparisons must be flattering for Allen, who was considered by some to be project when he got to Lexington. But according to Campbell, even those that do not project Allen as a first-round pick have full confidence that he can work himself up the big board to end up there.

While Big Blue Nation will surely be happy for the Blitz Bro. if he earns his spot in the 2018 NFL Draft, are you ready to see him leave a year early?