By LARRY VAUGHT
Almost immediately after Kentucky beat Penn State in the Citrus Bowl, linebacker Josh Allen proclaimed that he should be the top pick in the NFL draft — an idea that teammate Benny Snell quickly endorsed.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, a former NFL tight end, is on board with Allen being No. 1.
“If Josh Allen is not the first pick of the draft I will be lost for words. He is by far the best player in college football hands down,” Marrow posted on Twitter.
Maybe it could happen, too.
At least two NFL mock drafts I looked at today had Allen going No. 2 in the draft to the San Francisco 49ers.
“Allen could have entered the draft last year but the odds were slim that someone would have taken him in the first round,” RJ White of CBS Sports wrote. “Now, unless he has a terrible predraft season, he’s almost certain to go in the top five after a year where he doubled his sack total (to 14) after adding weight.”
Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa is now the projected No. 1 pick but a lot could change at the NFL combine and other redraft workouts and interviews.
Allen has gone from a first-round pick when the season started to a possible top 10 pick in mid-December to the No. 2 pick now. Obviously playing in the bowl game rather than bypassing a bowl like other top players did may have enhanced his draft position.
Allen won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy, all given to the nation’s top defensive player. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.