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Josh Allen | Quarterback

Team: Wyoming Cowboys
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220

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ESPN's Mel Kiper projected Wyoming QB Josh Allen to the Browns at No. 1 overall in his first mock draft of the season.
Kiper adds he has moved Allen up to his No. 1 quarterback in his rankings, saying Allen finished the season strongest among the group. More importantly, Kiper adds all of the quarterback prospects have warts, but he tends to side with Allen due to his high ceiling. This will change over the next few months, possibly 10 times. Thankfully next week's Senior Bowl will give us a few answers. Jan 18 - 10:04 AM
Source: ESPN

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Wyoming redshirt junior QB Josh Allen has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that this would happen last week and it has now come to pass. Allen is eligible for the Senior Bowl due to the fact that he's graduating as a fourth-year junior. This postseason bowl will be the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder's first big step in the draft evaluation process as the athletically gifted gunslinger looks to quell concerns over his decision-making and accuracy.
Jan 10 - 12:26 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen passes along that Wyoming redshirt junior QB Josh Allen will accept an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Allen is graduating as a fourth-year junior, making him eligible for the premier postseason talent evaluation bowl. Draft opinions range in a variety of directions with the 6-foot-5, 220-pound gunslinger. He has elite physical tools and a palatable mental makeup, but a lack of a true supporting cast hindered his production during the 2017 season. His accuracy has never been up to snuff -- just 56.2-percent career completions -- and NFL Media's Bucky Brooks also has some concerns over his pocket discipline and awareness, viewing him as a true boom/bust prospect.
Jan 6 - 1:59 PM

Of Wyoming QB Josh Allen, The Sporting News' Eric Galko writes that "it’s a big leap to take him within the top 10 picks thanks to his woeful production and inconsistencies."

Galko does not buy arguments regarding Allen's inferior supporting cast, noting that among players with more than 600 pass attempts and lower than a 57% completion rate, the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder is rubbing shoulders with the likes of NFL whiffs Christian Hackenberg, Kyle Boller, Jake Locker, Joey Harrington and Tom Savage. That being said, Allen still has the physical tools and a mental makeup which has impressed evaluators. Galko passes along that the Wyoming gunslinger was a low-key presence at the NFL Scouting Combine last February and that NFL teams which spoke with him came away impressed with his "maturity and confidence." The analyst floats the Steelers, Chargers and Packers as potential interested parties for Allen's services. All three would make sense in terms of fit, as they're teams with veteran quarterbacks that would allow Allen time to develop his raw tools before being thrust into action.
Jan 2 - 5:42 PM

The MMQB's Peter King spoke with one veteran NFL scout who firmly stated there is "no way" Browns GM John Dorsey passes on Wyoming redshirt junior QB Josh Allen at No. 1 overall.

"This is Wentz reincarnated. Allen’s a perfect Dorsey quarterback. Just watch," the scout said. Wowee. One, anything can happen in the world of football. Two, we are many months away from the NFL draft, with multiple events for Allen and other quarterback prospects to prove themselves. Allen has not accepted a Senior Bowl invitation yet, but it could be on the horizon. Dorsey, and more so Jimmy Haslam, could be chasing their white whale here in terms of missing out on Carson Wentz a few years ago. With that said, Allen and Wentz produced drastically different collegiate careers. But size, arm and athleticism speaks.
Source: The MMQB
Jan 1 - 9:07 AM

ESPN's Ian O'Connor passes along that one NFC personnel executive is "convinced" that the Browns will select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall pick.

It's important to keep in mind that all personnel executives are not created equal and that we're still incredibly early in the draft process. At the very least, though, O'Connor's little tidbit is a telling sign that talk of the athletically-gifted Allen dropping out of the first round due to his sometime-struggles this season is very likely off the mark. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote earlier this month that the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder "might eventually develop into a star at the position" in the NFL, while noting within the same breath that issues with awareness and pocket discipline could prevent him from reaching his potential.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 08:02:00 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks compared Wyoming QB Josh Allen to a "more dynamic version of (Jacksonville Jaguars QB) Blake Bortles."

"He might eventually develop into a star at the position," Brooks writes, "but he could very well be the same player that he's always been at Wyoming -- an ultra-talented passer with an unpolished game." The analyst loves the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder's arm and "movement skills," while in the same breath raising questions about Allen's pocket discipline and awareness. Allen declared for the draft following Wyoming's win over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Friday. Expect an involved, potentially acerbic draft process for the big gunslinger. Opinions run hot on him in a number of directions in the scouting community.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 02:12:00 PM

Wyoming redshirt junior QB Josh Allen has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Allen did so after leading the Cowboys to a 37-14 victory on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. This was a bit of a foregone conclusion, as he had been introduced as a senior in Wyoming's final home game, and there was plenty of other talk that suggested his days at Wyoming are done. He's currently viewed as one of the best quarterback prospects in the country despite only throwing for 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season. It'd be a major upset if he wasn't a first-round pick, and if he tests well (he's rumored to be headed to the Senior Bowl), he could be the first quarterback off the board, maybe even the first pick.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 08:28:00 PM

Wyoming redshirt junior QB Josh Allen completed 11-of-19 passes for 154 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 37-14 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Allen started this one off as hot as you possibly can, completing 6-of-7 passes and throwing for three scores in the first quarter as the Cowboys jump to a 21-7 lead. From the second quarter on, Allen didn't have as much success, but credit the Central Michigan defense for tightening up, and also note that Wyoming's receivers just aren't very good. This was a strong final showcase for Allen, although he will be on the field one more time likely as he's expected to play in the Senior Bowl. His combination of size (6'5/230), speed and arm strength will be too enticing for NFL scouts to pass on, and it's just a matter of where he goes in the first round come 2018.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 07:23:00 PM

Denver Broncos GM John Elway and top deputy Matt Russell are in Boise for Friday's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl tilt between Wyoming and Central Michigan.

This is all about Wyoming QB Josh Allen, the top draft-eligible prospect playing in the Potato Bowl. Denver (5-9) is currently tracking toward a top-10 pick in the spring draft. NFL executives polled by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah recently compared the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Allen to Jake Locker (for his boom/bust potential), Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton (the latter two for similarities in size, arm strength and mobility).
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 02:34:00 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah spoke to five NFL executives who suggested comparisons of Jake Locker, Ben Roethlisberger and others for Wyoming redshirt junior QB Josh Allen.

Two votes suggested Locker as the comparison, with both executives calling Allen a "classic boom-bust guy." One added, "I have major concerns about his field vision and accuracy." Another executive took a different tune, comparing Allen to Cam Newton, stating he "loves the prospect" due to big upside, big arm and mobility.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 10:29:00 AM

Wyoming redshirt junior QB Josh Allen (shoulder) announced that he will play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Central Michigan on Friday.

This is enormous news for the Cowboys and NFL Draft fans alike. Allen (1,658 passing yards, 13/6 TD/INT ratio, 56.2% completions, 5.6 YPA) has been a major disappointment statistically this season, but don't fall into the trap of discounting him based on his counting stats. Allen's (6'5/234) physical gifts are unquestioned and unarguably the most impressive in this year's quarterback class. With regards to his 2017 play, Allen's value to his team can be found in a deeper statistical dive. He suffered the sprained throwing shoulder on Nov. 11 against Air Force. Up until then, Wyoming was 7-3 and averaging 35.0 ppg against Group of 5 teams. In the two games Nick Smith started, Wyoming lost to Fresno St. and lowly San Jose St. while averaging an ugly 12.0 ppg. With Allen healthy, the Cowboys went three-and-out on 27.5-percent of its drives. With Allen out, they've done so on 42.1-percent of drives. Simply put, without Allen, Wyoming has arguably the FBS' worst offense.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 02:08:00 PM

Wyoming HC Craig Bohl said that redshirt junior QB Josh Allen (shoulder) "threw the ball well and took a lot of reps with the [first team]" during Tuesday's practice.

Bohl said that a decision as to Allen's playing status for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against Central Michigan on Friday could be determined as soon as Wednesday. He also left open the possibility that Allen might be a game-time decision. The future NFL-er missed the final two games of the season due to a sprained shoulder initially suffered against Fresno State on Nov. 11. If he can't give it a go on Friday, Nick Smith would draw the start.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 02:05:00 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock believes Wyoming QB Josh Allen would "have a lot to gain" if he attended the Senior Bowl.

Allen is only a redshirt junior, but he is working to graduate this month in order to be eligible. The Senior Bowl already has five quarterbacks on the roster, but they have hosted as many as eight. Allen plus Baker Mayfield would really elevate the group.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:39:00 AM

Wyoming redshirt junior QB Josh Allen's sprained shoulder is better than 90 percent healed, and he is practicing with the first team ahead of the school's bowl game.

Allen's biggest hurdle is playing with the pain. The quarterback sprained his shoulder back on Nov. 11 and has been out since. Via the AP, "Allen said his coaches don’t want him playing in the bowl game against Central Michigan unless he’s completely recovered."
Source: Fresno Bee
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 10:53:00 AM