Josh Allen isn’t lacking confidence. And if things break a certain way, he could end up trading Kentucky blue for that of the New York Giants.
Yes, it would take a lot to happen, but let’s dream here for a moment, Giants fans.
While he is projected to be a top-three pick in next month’s NFL Draft, Allen could fit a need for the Giants who are desperate for a pass rusher. Should the Giants move up in the draft or should Allen inexplicably fall, the Giants could be adding an edge presence that might just be the best of this year’s draft class. He would be a transformational addition to their defense.
Last year, he had 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for a loss. That type of production, in the SEC no less, points towards a promising career in the NFL.
Two weeks ago, Allen spoke to MSGNetworks.com following a press conference held by the Maxwell Football Club. Allen received the Chuck Bednarik Award from the organization as the nation’s top defensive player. The event was held at the Tropicana Atlantic City.
Allen was asked by MSG to complete this sentence: “I’m going to be the next…”
“Khalil Mack, hopefully. He’s a dog,” Allen told MSG.
“I want to be a dog. I’m good friends with him, you know, so he’s a guy I look up to, a guy I want to model my game after and go from there.”
Mack, of course, is one of the game’s most dominant players. The now Chicago Bear is a former first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders.
The top of the draft board is currently in a state of flux. The Arizona Cardinals seem to be showing interest in Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, a move which could have a ripple effect in their quarterback room after selecting Josh Rosen in the first round in 2018. Rosen could perhaps find his landing spot in New York with the Giants if a trade becomes possible.
Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, another edge rusher, could also go No. 1. And another defensive player, Rashan Gary, could be a top selection as well.
Gary made headlines recently by saying he believes he’s the top pick next month.
“I mean, I just say, like, I respect that, I feel every player should believe that they’re the best player in the draft,” Allen said. “But this is a defensive player draft, and I won every defensive player award. That’s all I have to say … Who wouldn’t want to be the No. 1 pick?”
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