We are just a few days away from the NFL Draft, and that means Josh Allen and other prospects will once again be the focus of the sports world for about a solid week. With all that attention, some analysts are bound to make some hot takes or at least over-critique. One of these analysts maybe CBS Sports Draft expert Chris Trapasso.
On Friday Trapasso put out a ‘buyers beware’ article which basically gives you the downsides of a few first-round prospects. In this article, Trapasso only selected four players to heed a warning to NFL teams, and one of the four players he chose was Josh Allen.
In the buyer beware article, Trapasso said Allen’s biggest downside is his over-reliance on his athleticism to get to the quarterback.
If you’ve followed me for, say, even a little more than a week, you know I believe most good players are good athletes. But to be an elite-level player at the edge rusher position, more is needed than a lightning-quick first step. I repeatedly mention “hand work” or pass-rushing moves because they’re vital at the pro level. On the field, in the SEC, Allen proved to be a rare mover for his size — nearly 6-feet-5 and 262 pounds. The speed at which he flew around the edge — with decent bend — helped him accumulate 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in his senior season.
His film doesn’t feature a wide-ranging collection of pass-rushing moves. Occasionally, Allen swiped offensive tackles’ hands away en route to the quarterback. Beyond that, Allen won with a good old-fashioned speed rush around the corner. NFL tackles are significantly better than SEC tackles. They’ll sit on that speed rush and take it away. Also, as the combine showed, for his size, Allen isn’t highly athletic. His three-cone time of 7.15 seconds placed him in just the 63rd percentile among players at his position over the past 20 years. It represents good, not otherworldly bendiness.
Because he’s so physically imposing, with top-level burst and a high motor, I think Allen will be a good pro. He’s inside the top 25 of my prospect rankings. But he’s seemingly destined for the top five. Maybe even the top three. I just don’t think he’s polished enough to live up to the lofty expectations that align with being selected that high. If he can learn to use his hands as a counter to his relentlessness around the corner, he can be an All-Pro. In most cases, it’s very difficult for edge rushers to effectively execute newly learned pass-rushing moves at the NFL level.
While Trapasso may be right about his lack of pass rushing moves, Allen has proved to be one of the most dominant athletes in SEC history and I believe his comments on Allen are nitpicky at best.
To have the athleticism to do what Josh Allen can do makes him a freak of nature, and if Allen didn’t have to rely on pass rush moves in the SEC, why would he use them? I’m a firm believer Allen will continue to develop and continue his reign of terror over quarterbacks once he gets to the league.
Besides, if I were Josh Allen, I too would try to use my speed to get to the quarterback and not even deal with making contact with the offensive lineman, considering the stupid amount of missed hold calls on Allen last season.
Was watching film on Lonnie Johnson this morning but I got distracted by this hold on Josh Allen in Overtime that wasn’t called. pic.twitter.com/J6e8La759w
— Josh Edwards (@JEdwar247) April 20, 2019
I believe, like many others, that Josh Allen will be just fine in the NFL, and I fully expect Allen to have a huge impact when he hits the league this fall.
One more person Josh Allen has to prove wrong? I’m all for it.
It still baffles me Bosa and Murray are ahead of him, but last year no one was talking about Baker Mayfield going number one until the day of the draft. So maybe, just maybe.
Go Cats. @BrentW_KSR