Another day, another accolade for Josh Allen.
On Wednesday the website Pro Football Focus named the former University of Kentucky star linebacker No. 4 on its list of the 101 best players in college football this past season. Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams topped the list. Rounding out the top five were Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma (No. 2), Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (No. 3) and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (No. 5).
Pro Football Focus does in-depth analysis of every player in the NFL and provides customized data to all 32 teams in the league. It began collecting data on all FBS college players in 2014.
In its analysis of Allen, pro Football Focus noted that “he was far and away the best pass-rusher this season regardless of position but that’s not even the half of what he did well. He dropped back in coverage with great success (81.9 grade) and made 51 total defensive stops and missed just four tackles out of 69 attempts. All in all, Allen’s performance not only cemented him as the best edge defender this season, but it also vaulted him up draft boards and should make him more than a recognizable figure come (April’s NFL Draft).”