Our Prospect Profile for Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen. Could Allen be in play for the Kansas City Chiefs in this April’s 2019 NFL Draft?
The Kansas City Chiefs defense has struggled tremendously this season. While outside linebacker (or EDGE for 3-4 base teams) may not seem like the biggest need in Kansas City there are a lot of complicated factors for the Chiefs primary pass rushers. Dee Ford is an impending free agent, Justin Houston is aging and has a very expensive contract, and former second-round draft picks Tanoh Kpassagnon and Breeland Speaks have not shown much yet.
Enter Josh Allen, outside linebacker for the Kentucky Wildcats. Allen has been an ever-improving force for the Wildcats defensive unit and looks to be a special player. Would Josh Allen be a fit in Kansas City? Let’s take a look at his strengths, weaknesses, and potential fit for the Red and Gold.
Josh Allen may just be my favorite prospect in this years draft class. He is a long, resourceful, and talented pass rusher who looks more comfortable than most dropping into coverage. He has immense potential and appears to be a player with plenty of growing left to do.
Josh Allen has prototypical size for a pass rusher, listed at 6’5 and 260 pounds. Allen carries his weight well and appears to have good burst and contact balance. He uses his length to battle offensive linemen and keeps them out of his frame.
While Kansas City fans may not want to see their best pass rushers dropping back into coverage anymore, Allen brings a surprising effectiveness in coverage in addition to his ability to rush the passer. Allen has broken up 8 passes as a Wildcat and even snagged an interception in 2017.
Pass Rush Moves
Allen employs a good variety of pass rush moves that help him get to the quarterback. Allen has an above average stab move, and he shows the ability to rip and bend around the corner. The Wildcat defender also has a healthy blend of bullrush, swim, and inside rip moves. Josh Allen has extremely active hands and that will serve him well at the next level.
One of my favorite parts of Josh Allen as a prospect is the fact that he has improved each year as a starter. On film, it appears that Allen is a young player who is coming into his own and may still have a lot of potential to offer. While his 2018 season was his breakout year with 14 sacks and 18.5 tackles for a loss, there is a reason to believe the best is yet to come with Allen.