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Allen Selected Number Seven in the NFL Draft by the Jaguars

Posted: 9:08 PM, Apr 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-25 21:08:09-04
UK Athletics

Former University of Kentucky linebacker, Josh Allen, fell further than expected but was taken with the seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He’s the fifth Wildcat to be taken in the Top-10 since 1977. Defensive Tackle Warren Bryant went number six to the Atlanta Falcons in 1977, Art Still, a defensive end went number two to the Kansas City Chiefs, Quarterback Tim Couch went overall number one to the Cleveland Browns in 1999 and Defensive Tackle Dewayne Robertson went number four to the New York Jets in 2003.

In his four seasons at UK, Allen made 220 tackles, 42 for a loss, 31.5 sacks, eight pass break-ups, 11 forced fumbles, two recoveries and an interception. 17 and a-half of those sacks came during his Senior season in 2018.

Allen came to Lexington as a 210 pound project and transformed his body and his game. He now goes to the NFL at 260 pounds and is tough for tight ends and offensive linemen to stop.

Going to the Jaguars fills a need for Jacksonville who needed a pure pass rusher. Allen can certainly did that at Kentucky.