1. Josh Allen, Kentucky
6-5, 262: If he’s not the best player in the 2019 NFL Draft, he’s in the top three.
A do-it-all playmaker, tone-setter, and leader, he’s got the size and bulk to be tough against the run, the athleticism to Khalil Mack-like as a pass rusher, and the talent to instantly be the star on any D and in any system.
The only real knock is that he’s a tweener. He might be good at any position, but he’s not really an NFL defensive end, and he’s not exactly an outside linebacker … whatever. Big plays seem to find him – he’s the type who always rises to the occasion when needed.
Over the last three years he came up with a steady and consistent 216 tackles, over 40 tackles for loss, and 31 sacks. A disruptive force, he generated 11 forced fumbles, grew into a better pass defender, and finished last season as the best defensive player in college football.
He’s the game-changing defensive player everyone wants and is looking for. If he can add just a bit more power to his game, he’s an instant All-Pro.
Projected Round: Top Three Overall
Real Value: First