With Tuesday’s breaking news of PJ Washington’s departure and Ashton Hagans’ return, some exciting news surrounding UK’s own Josh Allen got a bit lost in the shuffle. The Cats’ star player from the 2018-19 season has officially been invited to attend this year’s NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee. The draft will take place April 25-27. Only 23 of the best players from across the country were invited to attend. Ten other SEC players were invited.
The first round, when Allen will likely hear his name called, will be held on April 25, followed by the second and third rounds on April 26 and rounds No. 4-7 on April 27. The main NFL Draft stage will be on First and Broadway. Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be host to Selection Square, which will feature the “team tables,” where team representatives will make their draft selections. The “NFL Draft Experience” will be held in the parking lots and areas around the Titans’ Nissan Stadium.
Allen earned over a dozen awards this season, becoming UK’s first consensus All-American since wide receiver/kick returner Derek Abney in 2002 and the first unanimous selection since defensive lineman Art Still in 1977. He brought home multiple Defensive Player of the Year trophies, the National Linebacker of the Year award and the SEC Lineman of the Year title.
Still, his biggest accomplishment to date could come in a few weeks: the chance to be drafted to the pro league near the top of the list. Allen would become the 17th Kentucky player to be selected in the first round (first since Bud Dupree went No. 22 in 2015) and the first Top-5 pick since defensive lineman Dewayne Robertson went to the Jets at No. 4 in 2003.
Go get ’em, Josh!