The last time we heard from Josh Allen, the Kentucky edge rusher made a confident statement at the Citrus Bowl.
“If I don’t go number one, I don’t know who is.”
He stands by his bold statement.
“I still believe that. I think I’m the best player in this draft,” Allen said at the NFL Combine. “If a team doesn’t believe that, then I’ll see them during the season.”
Josh Allen still believes he’s the best player in the #NFLDraft.
“If a team doesn’t believe that, I’ll see them during the season.” pic.twitter.com/K0nVx8mUTw
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Kyler Murray has captured the nation’s attention. Some draft analysts believe Nick Bosa should be the top pick. The unanimous All-American and National Defensive Player of the Year believes he set him self apart from the pack in 2018.
“I think I’m one of the only guys who dropped into coverage this season,” he said. “I think that separates me from a lot of guys here.”
Versatility is Allen’s strength. He believes he can fit into any organization, regardless of scheme.
“I’ll do whatever it takes. If a team wants me to drop, I’ll drop. If a team wants me to rush, I’ll rush. If a team wants me to do half, I’ll do whatever it takes.”
When pressed, Allen finally admitted what position he would prefer to play in the NFL. “Defensive player,” he said with a grin.
Some of his confident statements were said with a smirk, but he was dead serious when providing a player comparison. Allen believes he’s the next Von Miller or Kahlil Mack.
“I say those two because I believe those two are the best at the position in the NFL, and I feel like I’m the best. Might as well compare myself to the best.”
When Miller and Mack went to the NFL Combine, they bench pressed 21 and 23 reps of 225 pounds. This afternoon Allen had 28 reps. Only three others posted higher marks Saturday afternoon.
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Allen came into Indy standing 6’4″ 7/8 tall and weighed 262 pounds. Primed to annihilate the competition on the field tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 1:00 pm on the NFL Network, he credited Brad White and the Kentucky coaching staff for helping him reach his potential.
“Every year I got better,” Allen said. “They brought in new coaches that were right for the program. My senior year when they brought in Coach White, I felt like that was the biggest jump UK has made. Now he’s the DC and I feel like Kentucky is going to grow from that.”
Allen has already met with the Lions and Jaguars. He will complete 11 more meetings before the day is done. The Arizona Cardinals are on the clock.