It is the time of year when fans and analysts are trying to figure out: which top rookies will have the most impact for their new teams? And, one of those situations is playing out in North Florida, as the expectations continue to grow for Jaguars first-round pick defensive end, Josh Allen.
The former All SEC pass rusher, who led the conference in sacks with 17, is definitely being counted on to help what is already a talented Jaguars defensive front.
And recently, NFL Network analyst and former Patriots Super Bowl champion defensive lineman Willie McGinest gave some high paise to the former Kentucky Wildcat:
Two from the AFC.
Two from the NFC.
— NFL (@NFL) June 25, 2019
Appearing on “NFL Total Access,” McGinest explained why he believes Allen is ready to make a huge impact for the Jags in 2019:
“What I will say about him is: he’s fast, he’s explosive, he has a signature move….. He has the ability to do more off of that because of his athletic ability. He does a lot of different things. You got (Yannick) Ngakoue. You got Calais Campbell on the defensive line, which will help him. I think in that defense, he’ll have a lot of “1 on 1’s” and this kid is able to adjust and come up with a lot of different moves.
He’ll be a special pass rusher.”
High praise coming from a player that performed at a very high level for the Patriots in their early championship seasons.
McGinest wrote further on NFL.com about why he believes that Allen will have initial impact and is actually is predicting a 10-sack season for him.
Again, almost every team and their fan bases believe that a guy taken, especially in the top 10 like Allen who was taken 7th in April, is going to have immediate huge impact in his rookie year.
So now it’s up to Allen to see if he can live up to that standard.
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