Josh Allen grew up in Montclair, New Jersey — 14 miles from the New York Jets’ facility, 11 miles from the New York Giants’ workplaces. So, as a child, did he root for the inexperienced or the blue?
“I grew up a Steelers fan, so I used to be slightly totally different,” the previous Kentucky star pass-rusher mentioned Friday in Atlantic Metropolis, the place he is being honored by the Maxwell Soccer Membership. “I watched the Tremendous Bowl after they performed the Seahawks  and simply noticed all these guys, mentioned, ‘Yeah, I like them.’ That was my first reminiscence of [the] NFL although, so simply caught with it and I like the colour, so I used to be like, ‘I am a Steelers fan.'”
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Allen will not get an opportunity to play for his favourite childhood group, who personal the 20th choose within the draft, however there is a first rate shot he’ll wind up with the Jets (No. Three choose). They covet an edge rusher and Allen is broadly considered one of many draft’s prime three gamers. In truth, he was again in his dwelling state to obtain the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the highest defensive participant in faculty.
The Jets met with Allen final week on the scouting mix, and so they in all probability will meet with him once more earlier than the draft, both at his professional day on March 22 or with a go to to Florham Park. Allen mentioned he got here away with a great feeling from his first sit-down with the Jets in Indianapolis.
“It was a great interview,” he mentioned. “You already know, each different interview was good as nicely. We simply talked a whole lot of soccer and it was actually good for them to get to know the particular person I’m. I really feel prefer it went rather well.”
The Jets will not maintain his black-and-gold allegiance towards him. He is too good a participant and he is an ideal match as an out of doors linebacker of their Three-Four scheme.
“That is what I did all by means of faculty,” Allen mentioned. “I performed Three-Four my complete profession, so I am used to it, however I might play a Four-Three defensive finish. [I’ve] received little strategies. I could possibly be an actual assist to any group.”
Allen solidified his standing on the mix, operating the 40-yard sprint in Four.63 seconds at 6-foot-5, 263 kilos. These numbers, coupled together with his robust faculty résumé, ought to make him a top-5 choose. He had 17 sacks final season, essentially the most in a single season by an SEC participant for the reason that NCAA began counting sacks in 2000.
Perhaps the draft will carry him dwelling to New Jersey.