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Cincinnati Bengals set to meet with Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen

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The Cincinnati Bengals will be meeting with University of Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen this week, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Allen just finished a two-day private visit with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 21-year-old is coming off of a fantastic senior campaign in which he racked up 88 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles, a couple of fumble recoveries, and four passes defended.

Not surprisingly, Allen is one of the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, and many feel that he will be the first defensive player off the board later this month.

The Bengals own the 11th pick of the first round, so it does not seem all that likely that Allen will be available at that spot, but Cincinnati can always trade up to acquire him if it feels so inclined.

Cincy is definitely in need of some help in terms of getting to the quarterback, as they finished 28th in the league with just 34 sacks last season.

Allen arrived at Kentucky back in 2015, but barely played at all during his freshman year. He went on to play in 13 games the following season, registering 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and four forced fumbles.

Then, in his junior campaign, Allen finished with 66 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, an interception, and a couple of forced fumbles.

The Bengals won just six games in 2018, missing the playoffs for the third straight year after making it to the playoffs five years in a row. Cincinnati has not won a playoff game since 1990-91 campaign.