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Kentucky EDGE Josh Allen to visit Bengals

Even though Josh Allen is projected to be drafted well before the Bengals’ 11th overall pick, the Bengals are doing their due diligence and hosting him for a workout.

NCAA Football: Citrus Bowl-Kentucky vs Penn State Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen, an EDGE rusher from Kentucky, has found a way to squeeze the Bengals into his very busy schedule.

In most mock drafts, Allen is the projected to be the third player taken overall behind only Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa. So it’s highly probable the Bengals would not even have a chance at him unless they trade up.

On the off chance that he is still on the board at 11, then the Bengals should highly consider him.

Allen finished his 13-game senior season with 17 sacks, including three against Penn State in the Citrus Bowl. He also recorded 88 tackles, five forced fumbles, and four passes defended.

Again, it’s hard to imagine that he will make it as far as the Bengals before being taken, especially since the 49ers, Jets, Raiders, Lions, and Buccaneers will all probably be looking for defenders and he will be the best available player.

Even if the Bengals do take him, it will be hard to figure where he will fit in with Carlos Dunlap, Sam Hubbard, Carl Lawson, Jordan Willis, and Kerry Wynn. Even though he’s listed as a OLB, he would be a defensive end if the Bengals keep their 4-3 base defense with Lou Anarumo.

At the very least this means that the Bengals are exploring all their options. If the workout goes well, and somehow Allen is still available when the Bengals are on the clock, it seems like a no-brainer.