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Brandon Allen | Quarterback

Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 212

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Jaguars selected Arkansas QB Brandon Allen with the No. 201 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Allen (6'1/217) made 34 starts for Arkansas, setting a school record with 64 career passing touchdowns and leading the SEC in passer rating (166.5) and yards per attempt (9.3) as a senior with a 65.9% completion rate and 30:8 TD-to-INT ratio. Allen is small with small hands (8 1/2") and played in a simplistic, play-action-heavy offense at Arkansas, but he offers adequate arm strength, a quick release, and plus mobility. Allen figures to max out as an NFL backup, though he is smart and skilled enough to become a viable short-term spot starter. Sat, Apr 30, 2016 04:55:00 PM

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Arkansas QB Brandon Allen will "provide excellent value on Day 3," according to Pro Football Focus' John Breitenbach.

In terms of pure passing, Allen was PFF's No. 6 graded QB in 2015, acquitting himself as particularly proficient in the deep and intermediate range across the middle. "Digs, posts and crossing routes were executed with good location, enabling yards after the catch consistently. Designed bootlegs also play to Allen’s strengths," PFF noted. "He lacks the arm to drive sideline passes from the pocket, but throws with good touch outside the numbers on the move. Pressure from the interior also isn’t debilitating, some of [Allen's] most impressive throws came with defenders in his face." Allen is very aware in the pocket, sliding in and out of pressure with ease. Combined with a quick release, he doesn't take many sacks.
Mon, Apr 11, 2016 06:42:00 PM

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen told Alex Marvez he has met or worked out for the Bucs, Panthers, Falcons and Cowboys.

Allen could be a fourth round selection, and much of what he did at Arkansas translates to the NFL. The Razorbacks put a lot on Allen's shoulders at times, and he responded well by hitting receivers at every level of the field. He projects as a backup quarterback.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 10:24:00 AM

Earlier this week, Arkansas QB Brandon Allen interviewed with the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers.

In addition, he worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. At Allen's Pro Day on Wednesday, per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, he "looked sharp and accurate during a passing workout, which lasted almost 30 minutes."
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 01:20:00 PM

ESPN's David Ching tagged Arkansas QB Brandon Allen as the most difficult SEC quarterback to replace.

Allen's on his way to the NFL draft, leaving one of several gaping offensive holes for HC Bret Bielema to address (RBs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, plus TE Hunter Henry are also on their way out). Ching rightly notes that the real issue with replacing the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Allen is that there's almost no experience on the rest of the roster. Sophomore QB Austin Allen--yes, he's the younger brother of Brandon--has attempted 19 career passes, making him the equivalent of a veteran in this situation. Also in the hunt will be two baby hogs in redshirt freshmen Ricky Town and Ty Storey.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 05:40:00 PM

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen has his hands massaged twice weekly in an effort to increase his measurement.

"[Hand size is] obviously something I can’t control," Allen said of his 8 1/2" appendages (his were the smallest of the Senior Bowl QB crop). The 6-foot-3, 212-pound tiny-handed gunslinger went on to elaborate as to how he's attempting to change their size, like some sort of football-playing Dr. Moreau. He's looking to "maybe get another 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch here or there because the muscles in my hands were really tight and this can loosen them up. I have long fingers." We'll see if size matters in Allen's case come the draft, but he has drawn positive buzz to this point in the process, with NFL Media's Lance Zierlein praising his "quick release," "solid accuracy" and "good mobility." He also has the requisite arm strength to get things done. Returning to those hands, though, Allen described his enlargement strategy as "worth a shot."
Source: FOX Sports
Mon, Feb 22, 2016 10:50:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein compares Arkansas QB Brandon Allen to Case Keenum.

The undersized 6-foot-1, 221-pound Razorback product wasn't really on the draft radar prior to this season, but a monster campaign (threw for 3,440 yards while logging a 30/8 TD/INT ratio) changed all that. "Allen was an afterthought headed into this season but garnered draft attention with high-end production and a substantial spike in his play," Zierlein wrote. "On one hand, he is smaller than teams usually like and operated out of a play-action offense that didn’t ask him to get through many progressions. On the other hand, Allen has a quick release, an NFL arm, solid accuracy and good mobility. Allen needs to find the right home and eliminate his tendency to stare down targets, but he has enough talent to become an NFL backup."
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Gordon McGuinness speculated that Arkansas QB Brandon Allen could be a logical draft target for the Broncos.

Wrote McGuinness, "Picking 31st in the draft, the Broncos won’t have a shot at Carson Wentz or Jared Goff barring a hefty and unlikely trade up, so it makes sense to look so guys who require a little more work." The Broncos already have Brock Osweiler on the roster, but adding another option makes sense. Enter: Brandon Allen. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Razorback product threw for 3,440 yards while logging a 30/8 TD/INT ratio this past season. "Allen has taken some bad press recently for having small hands," McGuinness notes, "but he had our eighth-highest grade of all college quarterbacks last season and finished the season strong." Following the Senior Bowl, CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler indicated that Allen "showed off his vision and quick decision-making to scan and deliver down the field."
Mon, Feb 8, 2016 09:06:00 PM

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen is "underwhelming from a physical standpoint," writes CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler, "but showed off his vision and quick decision-making to scan and deliver down the field [in the Senior Bowl]."

Allen completed 7-of-10 passes for 106 yards in Saturday's Senior Bowl. Brugler called it "a great way to end his week after a not-so-great start, measuring in with 8 1/2-inch hands on Tuesday." The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder spent his career playing in a run-heavy attack, but posted a huge season through the air for the 2015 campaign, passing for 3,440 yards with a 30/8 TD/INT ratio. While he's shown his mettle on the field, Brugler notes that his hand size "will eliminate him from several draft boards as many have a 9-inch (or larger) threshold for quarterbacks."
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Jan 31, 2016 05:33:00 PM

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen completed 7-of-10 passes for 106 yards in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl.

The South team as a whole had some nice passing performances between the work of Allen, Dak Prescott and Jacoby Brissett. Those three combined to complete 19-of-26 passes. The lone outlier on that squad? Mr. Jacob Coker, who connected on just 3-of-8 tosses. For his part, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Allen averaged a juicy 10.6 YPA. At the end of the practice week, CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang singled him out as the most steady of the non-Carson Wentz gunslingers at the Senior Bowl. An NFC scout had made positive mention of his mechanics and footwork earlier in the week. Real Entertainment Sports Network's Eric Robinson included Allen as a player he believed took a stock jump over the course of the event. This past season, the now-former Razorback threw for 3,440 yards with a 30/8 TD/INT ratio. For what it's worth, in a recent massive mock draft, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter did not have Allen being selected in the first four rounds.
Sat, Jan 30, 2016 07:40:00 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang indicated that he was largely disappointed in the Senior Bowl practice performances of quarterbacks not named Carson Wentz.

"The credit goes to Wentz for distancing himself from the pack," Rang wrote, "but scouts had hoped that someone would step up among the other seven quarterbacks in Mobile as the clear second-best player at the position." While he was less than impressed by the likes of USC QB Cody Kessler, Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott and Alabama QB Jacob Coker, he did note that Arkansas gunslinger Brandon Allen showed a nice level of steadiness. This backs what an NFC scout saw during Tuesday's practice, when he said that the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Razorback "showed mechanics and footwork as good as any quarterback in Mobile." Of the QB prospects that Rang listed, Coker and Kessler seem to have already reached their ceilings. Prescott and Allen could well have room to continue to develop, though, making them more interesting mid-to-late round possibilities for teams looking to bring along a project.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jan 29, 2016 10:37:00 PM

An NFC scout indicated to that Arkansas QB Brandon Allen "showed mechanics and footwork as good as any quarterback in Mobile" at Tuesday's Senior Bowl practices.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder posted 3,440 yards with a 30/8 TD/INT ratio last year. We're fans of his game and think Allen is worth a long look by teams searching for a developmental quarterback on Day 3. Arkansas, known for its power running, had one of the most efficient passing attacks in the nation behind Allen's direction last year. That's doubly impressive because Allen's outside weapons weren't elite, TE Hunter Henry notwithstanding.
Thu, Jan 28, 2016 10:01:00 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Arkansas QB Brandon Allen has an NFL-grade arm.

Allen is currently showing off his stuff for scouts at the Senior Bowl. "Allen surprised me with his play this season. He became the focal point of the Razorbacks’ offense. Everything ran through him. Allen put together a large number of passes that will certainly be classified as 'NFL throws,' downfield, on the boundary, to receivers with limited separation, etc." The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder posted 3,440 yards with a 30/8 TD/INT ratio last year. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted last month that Allen has "quick feet" makes "full field reads" and is "accurate."
Source: Rotoworld
Wed, Jan 27, 2016 05:40:00 PM

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema believes redshirt senior QB Brandon Allen will be an NFL quarterback.

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah agrees, tweeting last month that Allen has "quick feet" makes "full field reads" and is "accurate." Allen completed 20-of-26 passes for 315 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's bowl win over Kansas State. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound redshirt senior posted 3,440 yards with a 30/8 TD/INT ratio this year. Next up, he'll play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Sun, Jan 3, 2016 04:35:00 PM

Arkansas redshirt senior QB Brandon Allen completed 20-of-26 passes for 315 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 45-23 win over Kansas State in the Autozone Liberty Bowl.

Allen showed off a remarkable level of efficiency during the contest, failing to complete just six passes while averaging 12.1 YPA. His lack of touchdown passes in the contest--the lone one came when he found Jeremy Sprinkle for a six-yarder in the third quarter--shouldn't be misconstrued as a failure on his part. Junior RB Alex Collins scored three times on the ground and the Hogs were able to more/less do whatever they wanted on offense. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound redshirt senior finishes his 2015 campaign having thrown for 3,440 yards with a 30/8 TD/INT ratio.
Sat, Jan 2, 2016 07:32:00 PM