Josh Allen’s stock is rising.
The rising senior could have left for the NFL Draft after last season. The former third round projection is now considered a future first rounder by most scouting services. USA Today’s Draft Wire caught up with Allen for an extensive Q&A to figure out how the Kentucky linebacker went from unknown recruit, to one of SEC’s most-feared pass rushers.
“It’s been a long journey up until this point. I’m just loving everything that life is throwing at me. Things don’t always start as you hoped they would. It’s about what you make of it and how you finish. If you just keep working like I do, anything is possible. I’m still working like I did back in high school. I haven’t done anything yet, I haven’t accomplished anything. I’m working to get where I need to be. I’m not there yet. I’m trying to motivate people to come with me. We’re all in this together.”
Before he rushed passers, he caught passes as a wide receiver. While making the transition to the defensive side of the ball, Allen had an enlightening experience watching Khalil Mack.
“I didn’t even play defense until I got into my senior year in high school. I had really just gotten into it. I remember watching Khalil Mack play against Ohio State. He was just an absolute beast. I thought to myself, that looks fun (laughs). That game and his performance was an eye-opener for myself. I never played defense before that. I was better as a receiver at a young age. When I moved to Jersey, they asked me to play defensive end. I’ll do whatever it takes. I started watching more Khalil Mack and Von Miller. It just motivated me to get to where I am now. I idolize those guys.”
Just a few short years later, Allen and Mack are basically best friends.
Yessir! I’m on it!
— Khalil Mack (@52Mack_) October 5, 2018
Read the entire conversation to discover Allen’s secret sauce and much more.