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Jaguars DE Josh Allen tabbed one of NFL’s top second-year players

Allen could cement himself as a top pass-rusher in 2020.

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When a defensive end is taken in the top ten of an NFL Draft, they immediately enter the league with sky-high expectations. After being selected seventh overall in 2019, Allen was no different.

What Allen did, however, was crush those expectations.

With a 10.5 sack season to start his career, the best is still in store the young pass-rusher. While the Jags aren’t projected top be a postseason contender, Allen’s impact could usher in a new era for the team.

That said, 247S ports, when ranking the top second-year studs, placed Allen third behind Nick Bosa and Kyler Murray, two players who are stars in their systems as well. Penning the article, Garrett Stepien gave a solid outlook for Allen’s second season in the NFL.

“Will the New York Giants, among other teams to pass on him, regret not taking Josh Allen in the 2019 NFL Draft? After sliding to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 7 overall pick, the former Kentucky star was selected to the Pro Bowl. In 16 games (four starts), Allen totaled 44 tackles (11 for loss), 10 1/2 sacks (23 quarterback hits) and two force fumbles. The 6-foot-5, 262-pounder could be in for a much bigger year — as Brooks notes — if Jacksonville ultimately trades disgruntled Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue,” Stepien said.

It’s not like Allen didn’t show scouts with his play that he was capable of being a first-year Pro Bowler.

During his fourth and final season at Kentucky, Allen totaled 17 sacks in a mere 13 games. With 21.5 tackles for loss, Allen was dominant at the collegiate level and will look to set those numbers as goals for himself in 2020.

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