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Jaguars sign first round pick Josh Allen

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On Thursday, Jaguars edge rushing number one pick Josh Allen was unable to participate in the team’s OTAs, however, he still had a great day. That’s because, Allen became the latest first-round pick from the 2019 draft to ink his contract for four years with a team option fifth season.

The Jags made the move official on their team website mid-afternoon:

Allen led the Southeastern Conference in sacks a year ago with 17 and was regarded as one of the top pass-rushing threats in a loaded draft class. He fell to Jacksonville at number seven, in large part because, the Oakland Raiders took Clemson defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell and in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose not to take a pass rusher, and instead drafted LSU linebacker Devin White.

In addition to the sacks, Allen had numerous other accolades with Kentucky. He won the Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Trophy for being one of the top defenders in college football.

He was a First-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SEC selection led the Wildcats with 88 tackles in 13 games, tied for sixth nationally with 21.5 tackles for loss and ranked second in the FBS in both sacks and forced fumbles.

As we wrote last week, the top of the draft, picks 2-7, after number one overall pick Kyler Murray remain unsigned until Allen landed his deal. He is expected to receive close to $20 million overall in his contract including an estimated $12 million guaranteed.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone describde Allen being held out of Thursday’s OTA workout as “no concern” with what was described as a deep bone bruise in his right leg. As of Allen’s signing, there were still 15 first-round picks, including White from the Buccaneers, that remained unsigned.

Allen is expected to compliment both Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell, as outside pass rushers in the Jags defense. He is expected to see significant playing time right away, as Jacksonville dealt away former #1 pick DE, Dante Fowler, to the Rams last October.

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