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Scouting Report: Josh Allen

Josh Allen, OLB/DE, Kentucky

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Prospects are graded on a 1-4 scale. 1=Below Average, 2=Average, 3=Excellent, 4=Elite.

Strengths:

-Tremendous athlete

-Very good size at 6’5 258 lbs

-Very good in the interior run game

-Outstanding first step

-Very powerful; gets vertical in a hurry

-Makes plays outside the numbers

-Has the ability to go side-to-side

-Gets through contact

-Runs through his man

-Good motor

-Plays at a consistent pad level

-Possess loose hips

-Good change of direction

-Very versatile

 

Weaknesses:

-Can be a liability in processing coverage

-Needs to get stronger in his lower half

-He gets a little inconsistent when converting speed to power

-Needs to improve his hand technique; lack of violence displays a lack of Elite coaching

-Needs to learn to get inside towards the quarterback; tendency to get lost on the outside

-Needs to be more consistent when setting the edge and keeping his outside shoulder free

In this clip, Allen may not come up with the sack but he shows off his elite level get-off:

Here is a shot of his hand moves. If he can sure up his consistency, he will be a force:

Allen is a big, athletic, and powerful linebacker. He has a tremendous upside, once in the hands of NFL coaching. He has shown drastic improvement from 2017 to 2018. Hi first step is a 4, base is a 3, coverage ability is a 3, pass rushing ability is a 4, tackling ability is a 4, size is a 4, athleticism and speed are a 4, ability to play lateral is a 4, hands are a 2, technique is a 3, motor is a 4, tenacity is a 4. He compares favorably to Justin Houston.

This is a very nice highlight video to get a glimpse at his potential:

(Video: YouTube)

Teams of Interest: San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions

Overall Prospect Grade: 4

(Featured Image: Sports Illustrated)

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