As the Big Blue Nation turned Nashville into a sea of blue, Allen was selected seventh overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Throughout the course of the 2018 NCAA football season, Allen was arguably the country’s most outstanding defensive player. Since the conclusion of the 2018 season, as well as the NFL combine, Allen’s draft stock had simmered between the 3-5 range. As it turns out, he fell right in that line.
As any top draft choice should, Allen will step in and immediately fill a dying need of pass rush for the Jaguars, who already have a defense loaded with potential. Allen could be the key to making it elite in 2019.
Allen will also showcased his ability to drop back in pass coverage, a unique skill that is highly regarded in today’s NFL.
Allen elected to forgo last year’s draft with the ambition of returning to school and improving his individual stock while also assisting to continue the construction of rebranding Kentucky Football.
After a sophomore and junior campaign of contributing seven sacks, Allen’s senior stretch was one for the record books. His 17-sack performance broke the school sack record and helped lead one of the country’s top defensive units.
Needless to say, Allen accomplished both of those goals by leading his team to a Citrus Bowl win over Penn State in January and a top-10 selection in Thursday’s draft.
Now, the NFL dream truly begins.