Josh Allen, an EDGE rusher from Kentucky, has found a way to squeeze the Bengals into his very busy schedule.
Kentucky DE/OLB Josh Allen is wrapping up his two-day private visit today with the SF 49ers, per source. From SF, Allen will go on to Detroit to visit the Lions, and then later visit the Bengals, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Bills, Giants, Jets and Raiders. Busy schedule.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 3, 2019
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.