The Pride of Detroit 2019 Community Mock Draft rolls on, and so far we haven’t had any real surprises. The Arizona Cardinals took their (second) franchise quarterback in Kyler Murray and the San Francisco 49ers got themselves the best defensive player in the draft in Nick Bosa.
Will the New York Jets throw the first curveball in the draft?
POD commenter getoffmylawn is acting as Jets general manager, and with the third overall pick in the POD Community Mock Draft, the Jets have selected Kentucky edge defender Josh Allen. Here’s getoffmylawn with the explanation:
“The Jets need help on the offensive line and on the edge of their defensive line. I considered taking the top offensive tackle in the draft, Jonah Williams out of Alabama or Quinnen Williams the defensive tackle out of Alabama.
But in the end, the ability to add one of the top edge pass rushers in the draft in Josh Allen out of Kentucky could not be passed up, due to the fact that I have a limited number of high draft picks due to trading my second rounder this year in the trade up last year for Sam Darnold.
Josh Allen is both a top-tier pass rusher and quality run defender who can play quite physically. He is also a player capable of playing either in 4-3 as a traditional hand-in-the-drop edge defender or in a 3-4 being both able to rush the passer with or without a hand in the dirt or drop into coverage.
Allen also has a good understanding of how to use his hands and leverage to be able to engage with blockers both in the running game and the passing game, allowing him to be every-down player at the next level. Josh Allen has a top-level burst and multiple moves and is able to string multiple moves together to disengage with blockers.
One downside to his game is a lack of counter moves, which I think is a common flaw for top-level pass rush prospects. This is due to the fact that there are a limited number of top-level offensive lineman in college football when comes to pass protection.
Josh Allen is also able to draw penalties when he is able to beat an offensive lineman with speed, forcing offensive linemen to hold him. All of these traits—when put together in a player with no character red flags, along with the need at the position—combined to make Josh Allen out of Kentucky the logical choice for the Jets. That’s likely disappointing for Lions fans like us, who should be hoping that somehow he falls to Detroit’s pick so that we can select him.”
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