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Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen returned to Kentucky for his senior season, in hopes of improving his draft stock for the 2019 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound senior has accomplished what he set out to achieve when he announced his return last January. Allen has been the rock and leader of a Kentucky defense that has been one of the best in program history.
Allen’s strong senior campaign has positioned him to be a top ten pick in the NFL Draft in April. Mel Kiper Jr. released his updated big board on Thursday, where he ranked Allen 4th overall.
On the season, Allen has totaled 84 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, six quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, and four pass breakups. Earlier this season, Allen set a new Kentucky single season sack record and broke the record for most sacks in a UK career.
The former two-star recruit was named a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year. Additionally, he’s a finalist for the Bednarik Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Butkus Award, and the Lott IMPACT Trophy National Defensive Player of the Year.
New Big Board for the 2019 class:
1. Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
3. Devin White, LB, LSU
4. Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
5. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Top 25: https://t.co/kKMnxU2d9n
— Mel Kiper Jr. (@MelKiperESPN) November 29, 2018