In a season that could go down as one for the ages, the Kentucky Wildcats continue to garner all sorts of positive publicity.
This week, star outside linebacker Josh Allen added to his list of accomplishments with a ranking in the top 10 of NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.’s Big Board.
The 6-5, 230-pound Allen is the 10th-ranked player overall in the draft and the highest-rated outside linebacker in the draft.
Kiper, who is definitely not shy with praise or criticism, had nothing but positive vibes on Allen’s draft/NFL future.
I pegged Allen before the season as a potential Day 2 pick, as he broke out in 2017 with seven sacks, 66 tackles and an interception. He has been underrated in this class, as I think he now has a chance at being a top-10 pick. Allen is disruptive, and he has the length that NFL teams love as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He is up to eight sacks this season, including a three-sack game against South Carolina.
Allen is up to eight sacks this season, including a three-sack game against South Carolina. But the sacks only begin to show how big of an impact he has, as he’s frequently held by opposing offensive lineman and still manages to pressure the quarterback.
Just being able to disrupt the passer’ progression makes a big impact on an offense, and it’s a big reason why Kentucky’s defense has been so good in 2018.
The Cats and Allen will look to continue their historic march toward the SEC Championship Game with a date in Columbia with the Missouri Tigers on Saturday. The game will be aired on the SEC Network.
If everything holds to form, look for Allen to create havoc and continue his climb up the NFL charts.