Could two former Kentucky Wildcats lead the New York Jets’ defense? Avery Williamson wants Josh Allen to join him in the Big Apple.
“I’d be very excited to have him on the team,” the former UK linebacker said on Wednesday’s edition of Kentucky Roll Call.
“I feel like he’s a great player. He’s a game-changer, as you could see in college. Hopefully that transitions over to the NFL. I would definitely be excited to have him on the team to be able to mold him and to be there for him in his first year.”
An All-SEC linebacker in 2013, the former Wildcat has spent most of his spring in Lexington, completing classwork to earn his degree and training at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility. During stints in New York City, he’s lobbied for the Jets to select Kentucky’s National Defensive Player of the Year with the third overall pick.
“I’ve been talking to them, so I’m anxious to see what’s going to happen. I’m very anxious. I’m curious to see what’s going to happen. I told him if he comes up here, he’s going to be spending his first $20,000 on me,” Williamson joked.
All joking aside, right now all signs point Allen to New York City. ESPN, Bleacher Report, CBS and NFL Network analysts all predict the Jets will pick Allen at No. 3 overall.
Many things can change over the next three weeks. Allen is confident he’ll be selected in the top five, but there’s still plenty of uncertainty. That’s why Williamson believes the final month leading into the draft is the most stressful part of the process.
“That’s the worst part of it because you’re kind of just waiting and don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t have anything, just a month of training. That’s the long part of the draft process. You’re just waking up everyday, wondering where you’re going to. That’s the part that’s kind of annoying. It feels like it takes forever. You just kind of got to do the same thing you’re doing, which is training and keeping your mind off it as much as possible.”
It doesn’t get any easier on draft day. “That’s even worse, because you just don’t know when. It’s a waiting game, nervous, anxious and excited all at the same time,” Williamson said.
Williamson didn’t just talk about the NFL Draft and his new coaches during the 20-minute interview. He shared what it was like to see the Kentucky’s successful season from afar and how much has changed since Mark Stoops’ first season in Lexington.
“There’s been a dramatic change. From the facilities to the caliber of players they have on the team now, it’s changed a lot,” said Williamson. “They’re definitely getting everything they need to be successful on the field to the next level. It’s pretty awesome to see how much has changed and it makes you wish you could have been able to experience it.”
Williamson also shared why he decided to come back to Lexington to finish school, State Street celebration stories and why partying at UK is better than New York City night life.
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