Good morning, friends. It’s a new day in the Bluegrass and Josh Allen is officially a Jacksonville Jaguar. Kentucky’s star pass rusher was drafted No. 7 by the Jags last night, and although that’s not as high as some had hoped, it’s pretty freaking good for a kid who was a two-star prospect coming out of high school.
In case you missed it, here’s the moment Josh heard his named called:
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) April 26, 2019
And the moment he got the call from the Jags:
"#Sacksonville ain't it? I got you."
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) April 26, 2019
In terms of his initial contract with the Jaguars, the NFL rookie scale indicates the former Wildcat’s contract will be worth roughly $22 million over five years (fifth-year team option) to go with a signing bonus of $14 million.
It was a huge night for Josh, but I think we can all agree that his one-year-old son Wesley was the real star.
Today, the NFL Draft continues with the second and third rounds, where we could see both Lonnie Johnson and Mike Edwards hear their names called.
Some draft analysts felt Johnson could slide in at the end of the first round last night, but only three defensive backs (just one corner) ended up being taken on day one. Now, other individuals with first round grades including the likes of Bryron Murphy, Greedy Williams, and Julian Love will likely hear their names called first this evening, with Johnson possibly coming off the board at the end of the second round or into the beginning of the third.
As for Edwards, he graded out anywhere from the second to fourth round, meaning we could hear his name called at any point this evening or early tomorrow.
Nonetheless, Kentucky’s representation in the NFL Draft is just getting started.
Nike EYBL begins
While Kentucky football is making the biggest headlines right now, Kentucky basketball recruiting is also kicking into high gear. We saw five-star forward Johnny Juzang’s reclassification decision this past week, and now, we’ll get updates from all of the top prospects in the class of 2020 and beyond.
The Nike EYBL circuit begins today, with session one of the event taking place in Atlanta, Georgia starting late this afternoon and lasting through Sunday morning.
Some of those individuals on the circuit? Five-star prospects RJ Hampton, BJ Boston, Sharife Cooper, and Jalen Johnson, among countless others.
I’m driving down to Atlanta this morning to catch up with all of the Kentucky targets to discuss their interest in the Cats and watch them in action.
Be on the lookout for coverage on that throughout the weekend.
Kahlil Whitney’s documentary has officially dropped
Over the last several months, Kentucky commitment Kahlil Whitney has been working with Adam Zagoria on a documentary called Year of the Dragon, highlighting his college decision, his growth as a player, and what fans can expect from him in Lexington this fall.
Now, that documentary has finally released to the public.
Take a look:
Whitney tells KSR that he will sign his National Letter of Intent on May 3.
Maci Morris and Jonny David had their KSBar signings
After joining the KSR radio show yesterday morning, former Kentucky women’s basketball star Maci Morris teamed up with former men’s basketball walk-on Jonny David to sign autographs for fans at KSBar and Grille.
In fact, one fan had the Wildcat duo actually sign autographs on his leg…
— Pro Player Solutions (@PPSsportsMGMT) April 25, 2019
After the event, Morris and David both signed the Rupp Arena floor hanging at KSBar, joining the likes of Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, and Reid Travis, among others.
Added two more tonight! pic.twitter.com/gWROOscCvC
— KSBar and Grille (@KSBarAndGrille) April 26, 2019
Last night, the very first public showings of the famous Marvel saga finale, Avengers: Endgame, released, and it’s only going to get rowdier from here. Endgame is expected to set an opening-weekend box office record, as it has already made $200 million in China in one night alone.
I was there at 10:25 p.m. to watch all three hours and one minute of it, and it was just as good as it was hyped up to be. In fact, there was so much happening that it really didn’t even feel like a three-hour movie.
If you go to see it at some point this weekend, be prepared for ridiculous crowds, long lines, bad traffic, and one heck of a fun time.
And remember, no spoilers.
KSR in an hour
Listen to Matt, Ryan, and the entire KSR crew break down the NFL Draft results, along with all of the other wacky happenings around the state of Kentucky.
We’ll see you then.