Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen’s draft stock is reportedly on the rise, and the 6-foot-5, 230-pound linebacker is drawing some lofty comparisons from NFL evaluators.
Multiple NFL teams say the Wildcats linebacker “could end up being a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft,” and scouts have compared him to Chicago Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and Houston Texans rookie inside linebacker Zach Cunningham, according to Charlie Campbell of Walter Football.
Allen has recorded 19 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumbles through five games this season and has quickly become one of the top linebackers to watch in all of college football.
The national scout that compared Allen to Chicago’s 2016 first-round selection doesn’t view Kentucky’s junior linebacker as the same “freaky” athlete as Floyd, but he does see similarities in Allen’s “ability to rush off the edge.”
While the national scout grades Allen as a first-round talent, the director of college scouting that compared Allen to Cunningham gave the Kentucky linebacker “a high second-grade,” according to Campbell.
The director of college scouting reportedly see similarities between the two “in terms of his height, speed, length, and athleticism,” as an inside linebacker.
The Texans selected Cunningham with the No. 57 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the rookie linebacker out of Vanderbilt has started the past three games for Houston’s defense.
Allen has recorded at least one sack in each game this season and can likely play himself into a first-round selection by keeping up his sensational play in the second half of the season.
Kentucky hosts SEC East rival Missouri on Saturday.