Josh Allen created plenty of enemies throughout his historic 2018 season. Opposing offensive tackles still dread the day they faced Allen.
“Facing Josh Allen…I guess it put in the back of my head that I never want to feel this way again. I kind of took my preparation to another level because I didn’t ever want to go through that again,” former South Carolina offensive tackle Dennis Daley told The Draft Network’s Jon Ledyard.
Allen had 8 tackles, 3 sacks and a forced fumble against South Carolina. It should not surprise anyone that Daley described Allen as the best player he’s ever faced. Daley was not alone.
“Josh Allen was the best pass rusher I faced last year,” Florida left tackle Jawaan Taylor said. “Josh Allen just brings a lot of different moves to the table.”
How dominant was Allen? Offensive linemen aren’t the only ones praising the UK pass rusher.
Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams told The Athletic’s Dane Brugler Allen was the best player he ever faced in his career. “He knew what plays were coming before we ran them.”
Allen also earned the respect of Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley. While folks debate between Allen and Nick Bosa for the No. 1 overall pick, it’s an easy decision for McSorley.
Penn State's Trace McSorley is the only QB to have played against Nick Bosa (in 2017) and Josh Allen (in the 2018 bowl game).
When asked about the best pass-rusher he has faced, he talked about Allen. pic.twitter.com/H6XNj76B6e
— Brad Almquist (@bradalmquist13) March 1, 2019
Allen earned the respect of his peers. Sunday he’ll have the chance to earn respect from NFL front offices on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf. Today he received official measurements from the league:
- Height: 6-4 7/8
- Weight: 262
- Hand (right): 8 3/4
- Hand (left): 8 1/2
- Arm: 33 1/8
- Wingspan: 80 1/2
Allen will be on the first podium in the media interview room tomorrow afternoon at 4:00, just as the Kentucky-Tennessee game concludes. He’ll bench press right around tip-off at approximately 2:00 pm, along with Jordan Jones.
A few other notes from the NFL Combine…
Benny Snell’s Official Times
Snell finished with an official 40-yard dash time of 4.66, tied for the fifth-slowest among all running backs. Benny was also near the bottom of the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.33 time. He fared much better in the 3 Cone Drill; 7.07 was the sixth-best time for a running back. You can find all of the official combine results here.
Snell’s numbers should not concern you. In fact, that’s how he ended up at Kentucky. Throughout his entire life he’s never been considered an all-world athlete, yet he’s the best to ever run a football at the University of Kentucky. Benny is still going to be Benny, regardless of what the numbers say.
Miles Sanders is Topping Charts
The former Penn State running back has been one of the best athletes tested so far. After running a 4.49 40-yard dash, Sanders posted the best 3 Cone Drill time and finished in the Top Six among all running backs in four categories. Proof Sanders is incredibly agile and explosive, it makes Kentucky’s defensive performance in the Citrus Bowl even more impressive. UK’s defense held Sanders to just 58 yards on 15 touches.
DK Metcalfe is Incredible
The jacked former Ole Miss wide receiver did not disappoint when he hit the bench.
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) March 1, 2019
The Crazy Crowd to see Kyler Murray
There were a few people who wanted to speak to Mr. Murray. He gave incredibly poignant answers to questions about his height. “I just stood on the scale and it was a big deal.” The crowd only grew larger after this picture was taken: