After a successful meeting with the New York Giants at last week’s NFL Combine, Josh Allen could be dawning Big Blue’s colors by the end of April.
Allen is likely to be a top-3 pick in next month’s NFL Draft, but a lot would have to happen for the pass-rusher to land on the Giants roster. If he falls in the draft or the Giants are willing to trade up, the potential selection of Allen could mean drafting the best available player, while also drafting for need. The Giants do need an edge rusher and Allen, who could play as a defensive end in the 4-3 or standing up in the 3-4, would be an instant plug-and-start player for the team.
At Kentucky this past season, Allen had 62 tackles, seven sacks and four forced fumbles.
Having grown up just minutes away from MetLife Stadium in Montclair, Allen said that any team that drafts him would become his home. The future first-round pick spoke to MSGNetworks.com about the recently concluded NFL Combine and his meeting with the Giants.
“That was a good meeting as well [with the New York Jets], it was the same thing,” Allen told me. “I had no character issues off the field, so it’s like, we just talked football, talked about life, talked about my family a lot. I enjoyed the meetings.”
Allen spoke on Friday morning following a press conference held by the Maxwell Football Club. That evening, Allen received the Chuck Bednarik Award from the club as the nation’s top defensive player.
The annual gala event, hosted by the Maxwell Football Club, took place at the Tropicana Atlantic City.
Given the recent trade of Olivier Vernon, the Giants desperately need someone who can get to the quarterback. Allen can certainly do that based on his production in the SEC.
He also plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Coming out of high school, Allen’s only significant offers were Kentucky and Buffalo. Despite a stellar high school career, in-state Rutgers failed to make an offer to the athlete, who lined up both at wide receiver and defensive end for Montclair.
Allen jokes that at Kentucky, he asked the coaches if they could utilize him as a tight end in goal-line situations, given his background on offense in high school. The request was never taken seriously, but such is his athleticism that the proposal wasn’t entirely ludicrous.
A player who was once under-recruited in high school and was the very definition of “flying below the radar” now faces the opposite situation ahead of the draft. Following an NFL Combine where he turned heads, Allen is no longer anonymous.
The hype is in full effect.
“I mean, it probably will fuel me even more that, now I’m here, I’ve got to solidify myself as the best guy in this draft, and as deserving of a number one spot or a top-5 pick, anyway,” Allen said.
“I’ve still got a chip on my shoulder, nothing is ever going to – I could be a Hall of Famer (and) I’ll still have a chip on my shoulder, you know what I mean? So, I’m always going to live with that and use that.”