(CBS Sports) - Kentucky's Josh Allen raced around the edge for a sack 17 times this season. His talents as a pass rusher made him one of the most feared in the SEC this season. At the NFL Combine, The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard posed a simple question to some of the SEC's best offensive tackles last season: who was the most difficult player to defend?
The answers, unsurprisingly, favored Allen.
“Josh Allen was the best pass rusher I faced last year,” Florida left tackle Jawaan Taylor said.
“Josh Allen just brings a lot of different moves to the table. Brian Burns was more of a speed guy with a counter inside. He has a lot of different moves as well, but Allen is just a little bit stronger so you have to be able to prepare for his strength as well.”
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South Carolina left tackle Dennis Daley learned a valuable lesson by playing against Allen.
“The best player I faced in college was Josh Allen. We kinda got in a hole on offense and things weren’t going our way late. He’s a real good player, he knows how to bend to get around the edge, he’s so good at that. And he never stops, he just keeps it going. He’s got that motor," Daley continued.
“Facing Josh Allen…I guess it put in the back of my head that I never want to feel this way again. I kind of took my preparation to another level because I didn’t ever want to go through that again.”
Texas A&M running Trayveon Williams went a step further when explaining the talents of the New Jersey native.
“Josh Allen was the best player I faced over my career. He knew what plays were coming before we ran them," Williams said via The Athletic's Dane Brugler.
The senior has been projected anywhere from No. 2 overall by the San Francisco 49ers to No. 4 overall by the Oakland Raiders.
Unfortunately for each of those players, they are heading to the professional ranks where they could very well face Allen yet again. There is no escaping him.
Allen had 62 tackles, seven sacks and four forced fumbles in 2016. The following year, he had 66 tackles, seven sacks, three pass deflections and an interception. During his final campaign, he had 88 tackles, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and four pass deflections. The New Jersey native was a unanimous All-American. He won the Chuck Bednarik Award, Lott Trophy, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
The 2019 NFL Draft takes place in Nashville, Tennessee from Apr. 25-27.