Which NFL team will be lucky enough to land Josh Allen? Here’s a roundup of the latest mock drafts, which have the Kentucky star going anywhere from No. 3 to No. 6.
Jon Gruden would be thrilled — he loves playmakers on both sides of the ball. Allen had 17 sacks and five forced fumbles last season. He’s a force off the edge.
All Allen does is pressure opposing quarterbacks, and his 17 sacks last season prove it. Tampa Bay could use a player with closing burst like that coming around the corner of its new 3-4 defense.
I heard there was a push by some coaches to take Ed Oliver, but in the end smarter heads prevailed and they opt to go with a major need player. Allen will be a force in Gregg Williams’ defense.
Gregg Williams would have all kinds of fun creating sack opportunities for Allen off the edge in an ultra-aggressive defense.
The Jets need a pass rusher, but watch for them to potentially trade out of this spot.
The Giants need a pass rusher and a quarterback. I’m hearing they’ll look to get a pass rusher first, and they land one of the best available this year in Allen.
The Giants could go in a number of directions at No. 6 overall—and many fans will want them to select a quarterback—but the most reliable information is that pass-rusher is the priority.
General manager Dave Gettleman will use the first of his two picks Thursday night to get the man who led the SEC with 17.0 sacks in 2018 while notching 21.5 tackles for loss as a do-it-all defender. Allen can play in a 3-4 defense, which is very important under Giants coordinator James Bettcher, and he has the skills to stop the run and drop into coverage.
A quarterback selection wouldn’t be shocking here, but a defensive piece is most likely.
If you’re looking for a storybook ending, root for Josh to go to the Jets or Giants. During an appearance on the NFL Network this morning, Allen said his mother used to work the concession stands at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, home of both squads. Now, he’ll be able to buy her an entire suite.