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2019 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars draft Josh Allen from Kentucky

2019 NFL Draft Josh Allen
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With the seventh pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected defensive end Josh Allen from Kentucky.

No player helped his draft stock more in 2018 than Josh Allen. Allen racked up 17 sacks during his senior campaign at Kentucky. As a result, he now finds himself as a top-ten draft selection. Allen posses the tools and experience to be a highly productive player immediately.

Strengths

Josh Allen has the ability to play with his hand in the dirt or in space. Because of this, he is a fit for any defensive scheme. A highly productive player, Allen has topflight burst off the edge making him impossible to block at times. Allen’s physicality allows him to contribute against the run as well. Durability is another key component as it relates to Allen, as he never missed a game during his time as a Wildcat.

Weaknesses

When Allen gets engaged by a blocker he doesn’t exhibit strong counters to free himself. He doesn’t consistently exemplify the ability to diagnose and recognize offenses. Nit-picking, Allen could spend some time in the weight room to develop more core strength.

How will Allen help the Jaguars?

Allen has the combination of tools and size to be a disruptive pass-rusher at the NFL level. He brings energy and enthusiasm with him that will energize his teammates. In summary, Allen is NFL-ready and will produce at a high level.

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