Scouting the SEC - Kentucky

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

If the offense cooperates, this could be a banner year for the Wildcats. I’ve given nine Kentucky players draftable grades, and three more are on the cusp of being late-rounders.

Josh Allen is talked about as a potential first-rounder next year, and why not? He has first-round measurables, playmaking skill and upside. He’s forceful up the field, holds his ground against blocks and makes plays in every direction of the field.

Allen is not bad dropping off the line and playing in space, but there’s room for improvement. Assuming he takes his game to the next level and turns in solid predraft workouts, it’s safe to assume Allen ends up as a top-40 selection next April.

Scouts have given Mike Edwards a late-round grade, but I disagree.

Edwards has been a very productive safety in all facets of the position for three years. He aggressively defends the run while showing solid ball skills in coverage. Edwards plays smart, instinctive football, and while he won’t wow anyone with his measurables, he has next-level potential in nickel packages.

Jordan Jones is another UK prospect who gets little love from scouts, who’ve stamped him as a free agent. You could make the argument that Jones is the most consistent defender on the Wildcats defense, as he’s constantly around the action making positive plays. Jones is fast, quickly chews up a lot of ground and looks great in pursuit. 

His measurements in the lead-up to the draft will be closely watched, specifically his weight, as Jones is built more like a safety than a linebacker, but I like his potential as a run-and-chase defender.

Benny Snell Jr., whose great uncle is former New York Jets running back Matt Snell, is a tremendous college back with great next-level potential.

Snell has terrific size at 220 pounds, grinds it out on the inside and consistently breaks tackles to pick up yardage off contact. More than just a downhill pounder, Snell possesses excellent short-area quickness with the ability to make defenders miss as well as the speed necessary to break long runs. He has a nose for the end zone and punched the ball across the goal line 19 times last season. He needs to improve his pass-catching skills, but Snell shows all the traits of a featured runner at the next level.

NFL Prospects from Kentucky

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

Number

Yr

4.01

1st

Josh Allen

OLB

41

4Sr

3.68

2nd

Benny Snell Jr.

RB

26

3Jr

3.58

3-4

Mike Edwards

S

7

5Sr

3.48

4th

Jordan Jones

OLB

34

4Sr

3.38

6th

Landon Young

T

67

3Jr

3.36

6th

Chris Westry

CB

21

4Sr

3.32

6-7

Darius West

S

25

5Sr

3.30

6-7

Lionel Johnson

CB

6

4Sr

3.29

7th

George Asafo-Adjei

T

64

4Sr

3.21

FA

Derrick Baity Jr.

CB

8

4Sr

3.19

FA

Denzil Ware

OLB

35

5Sr

3.15

FA

C.J. Conrad

TE

87

4Sr

3.02

FA

Dorian Baker

WR

2

6Sr

3.00

FA

Logan Stenberg

G

71

4Jr

3.00

FA

Tavin Richardson

WR

11

4Jr

2.83

FA

Jervontius Stallings

G

65

5Sr