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NFL Draft Open Thread

With one early first-round choice, Cats fans are set to hear music to their ears in the Music City. But could another Cat hear his name in the first round, too?

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

For the first time in what feels like ages, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Big Blue Nation fan base have ample reason to be excited about the entire NFL Draft.

Depending on where you get your draft information, defensive end Josh Allen is poised to be a top-five draft choice. The 6-5, 262-pound monster has been tabbed as high as the third pick by the New York Jets, the fourth choice by the Oakland Raiders, or the fifth choice by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If Allen goes third, he’d be the highest UK player drafted since legendary quarterback Tim Couch heard his name as the first pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Former defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson went fourth overall to the Denver Broncos in 2004.

Whoever is fortunate enough to draft the Cat phenom is getting a player whose work ethic matches their prodigious talent.

But could there be another Cat that could get into the first round?

Cornerback Lonnie Johnson has rocketed up the draft boards since his individual workouts at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. The 6-2 Johnson has all the intangibles to be drafted on Thursday night. Johnson’s name has been linked with the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 22nd pick as recently as this weekend.

You’ve also got Benny Snell Jr., Mike Edwards, Derrick Baity, Chris Westry and others hoping to hear their names called at some point.

There are many headlines yet to be written over the next three days in Nashville, but without question, there will be a Big Blue thread running throughout them. Stay tuned to A Sea of Blue for all your NFL news and notes!