With this year’s NFL Draft behind us, many pro football websites have already turned to previewing next year’s draft. There is no shortage of 2019 mock drafts across the internet — too many to read, actually — and if you take a glance at some of them, you’ll see Kentucky’s two-year draft drought will end with some star power entering the league a year from now.
Josh Allen is the hottest name of the bunch as many sites project him as a first-rounder. CBSSports.com has him as the sixth overall prospect of the class in its top 100; however, no other Wildcat made the list.
In Yardbarker’s way-too-early mock draft, Allen is projected to go 15th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Kansas City’s defense aged quickly, and they’ll likely be in the market for a pass rusher in next year’s draft with Dee Ford’s future with the organization in doubt and Justin Houston counting substantially against the cap,” it explains. “Not to be confused with the Wyoming quarterback, Allen had seven sacks in each of the last two seasons.”
In that same mock, Benny Snell joins Allen as a first-rounder. UK’s junior running back is projected to go to the Baltimore Ravens, where he would team up with Lamar Jackson, at No. 21 overall.
Over at Yahoo!, Allen is the No. 28 pick to the Minnesota Vikings. The site describes him as “an athletic linebacker with good size (6’5?, 230) that is being asked to be more of a pass rusher than he’ll be in the NFL.”
And we’ll wrap up with the trusted WalterFootball.com site, which projects Allen as the No. 30 pick to the Green Bay Packers.
“Josh Allen has great size, speed and athleticism, and he also has the versatility to play multiple positions,” it says. “He’s compared to as a hybrid of Leonard Floyd and Zach Cunningham, as he can play in coverage and also rush the quarterback effectively on the edge.”