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Josh Allen | Quarterback

Team: Wyoming Cowboys
Ht / Wt:  6'4 / 237

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Pro Football Talk's Chris Simms believes Wyoming QB Josh Allen and UCLA QB Josh Rosen have the highest floors among the 2018 QB prospects.
We've heard this with Rosen all along, but the Allen comment caught us off guard. "I have a hard time believing Josh Allen, who has the highest Wonderlic score, we've seen him in a pro-style offense... the bust potential is not there." Simms is on an island with this opinion, but it might turn out to be true. Some decision makers in the NFL clearly love Allen, and he has checked the boxes along the way during the draft process. Apr 19 - 11:09 AM

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The MMQB's Peter King believes it is unlikely Browns GM John Dorsey reveals his plan with the No. 1 pick until the draft begins.

This was backed up by Chris Simms, saying Dorsey might only tell the owner the night before the draft. It is clear Dorsey wants to keep the selection a secret, but even keeping it from the top ranked executives he brought in from the Packers would be a bit of a surprise. In previous years we've had a firm grasp of who the No. 1 selection would be. That might not be the case this year.
Apr 19 - 10:48 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projects the Browns to take Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the first pick in his updated mock draft.

He also has the Browns taking Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the fourth pick, with Sam Darnold to the Giants and Baker Mayfield to the Jets sandwich in between. Most analysts currently have Darnold going first overall, but Cleveland still is debating, and Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters that all four of the big QBS (Allen, Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson) are being considered.
Apr 17 - 8:29 PM

Cleveland Browns HC Hue Jackson said that the team remains open to selecting any one of the top four quarterbacks in the class.

"If there was a consensus (general manager) John (Dorsey) had come to, he would've told me. That's not the case," Jackson explained. While the Browns have done their due diligence on the top quartet of signal-callers in Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield, it's the former two who have been linked to Cleveland time and again this spring. Dorsey is set to hold a press conference on Thursday -- a week before the draft -- but we wouldn't expect him to show his hand quite yet.
Apr 17 - 3:04 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that Wyoming QB Josh Allen is taking an official predraft visit to the Buffalo Bills on Monday and will likewise take an official predraft to check out the New York Giants on Tuesday.

At the very least, the Bills would need package their assets to move up to the No. 2 pick in trade with the Giants if they want any sort of a realistic shot at Allen. And even if they did trade up to the second selection, the Browns would remain in the catbird seat with the first overall pick. After a month of seeming momentum toward a Sam Darnold-to-Cleveland connection, there has been much smoke as the draft has neared that Cleveland might be eyeing Allen with that initial selection.
Apr 16 - 6:12 PM

In a conference call earlier this week, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah said that "there's just a lot of people telling me" that the Cleveland Browns will select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall selection in two weeks.

Jeremiah stressed that what he's hearing is not coming directly from Browns headquarters, but rather from those familiar with the thought processes of GM John Dorsey having worked with him prior. Explained the analyst, "They think that makes more sense for him with Josh Allen being more of an upside pick than a floor pick, and Josh Allen is not there right now, but maybe you feel Tyrod [Taylor] can buy you enough time before Josh Allen is ready." NBC Sports' Dan Patrick passed along several weeks ago that he had been hearing that Cleveland's supposed adoration of Sam Darnold was actually a ruse and that the Browns were attempting to bait the Giants into a trade up from No. 2, which would allow them to gain draft capital while still snagging the player they actually want in Allen. We saw a similar scenario play out last spring, when the Bears traded up just one spot with the 49ers in order to draft Mitch Trubisky, whom San Francisco had no real intent to select.
Apr 12 - 2:38 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cleveland Browns will host Wyoming QB Josh Allen on Thursday and Louisville QB Lamar Jackson on Friday.

The Browns already played host to fellow top gunslingers Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield last week. They'll catch up with Allen and Jackson this week and then, presumably, should have enough information to begin to zero in on their quarterback of the future. They've been heavily linked to both Allen and Darnold. We would have serious misgivings about Josh Allen being selected No. 1 overall -- there's more variance with his projection than any other top-tier quarterback prospect in this class save Lamar Jackson.
Apr 9 - 12:33 PM

Former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky identified potential fatal flaws in Wyoming QB Josh Allen's game, including a failure to react to simple blitzes.

After outlining a play where Allen did not recognize an open hot route because of a weakside blitz, Orlovsky questions "What were you thinking? What was going on? And that shows up way too much for me. And again, that stuff is not fixable." Be sure to read the entire section of Peter King's column, as Orlovsky shines a light on Allen's evaluation that goes beyond completion percentage and wins. "If you can't do the little things, you can't do the big things," is the line that stuck out to us.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 9 - 11:37 AM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell compared Josh Allen to Ben Roethlisberger and Kyle Boller.

Campbell explained his dual comparison by saying "When Allen is playing well, he looks like a young Roethlisberger with his powerful arm, mobility and ability to make big plays with his feet. When Allen is struggling - throwing inaccurately and making poor decisions -, his style of play is reminiscent of Boller." Allen is firmly in play to be selected at No.1 overall by the Browns. He has solidified his elite draft stock by checking all the boxes throughout the draft process including most recently scoring a 37 on the Wonderlic test.
Apr 8 - 12:38 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler projects the Bills to trade up to the second pick and take Wyoming QB Josh Allen in his latest mock draft.

USC QB Sam Darnold goes first in the exercise. To get to the second pick, Brugler believes that the Bills would give up the 12th, 22nd, and 53rd pick to the Giants to select their quarterback of the future. "The most likely scenario is for the Bills to trade into the top-five picks for a quarterback, and the Giants might be open for business," he writes. "Hopefully for Buffalo fans, Allen is the long-term answer at quarterback."
Apr 7 - 12:37 PM

There is "a lot of buzz around the league right now" linking Wyoming QB Josh Allen to Arizona GM Steve Keim, according to the MMQB's Albert Breer.

The Cardinals currently have Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon at quarterback, and they likely aren't done. At pick No. 15, the Cardinals are certainly out of the top four quarterback area. Breer suggests a possible jump into the top six is necessary. As the process continues to chug along, it seems likely that Josh Allen will be a top five selection.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 5 - 11:17 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passes along that Wyoming QB Josh Allen will be visiting the New York Jets this week.

Allen is widely expected to be selected within the first five picks and could potentially end up off the board at No. 1 overall to the Browns, a possibility that a friend of Cleveland GM John Dorsey told MMQB could very much be in play. The Jets would certainly be a contender for Allen at No. 3 if the Browns opted to go in another direction. There's also the very real possibility that the Giants could trade down from the No. 2 pick, with a quarterback-needy team jumping Gang Green. Or the Giants could simply sit at No. 2 and take their top quarterback available once Cleveland hands in their card with the first selection. Plenty of variables and scenarios before Allen's landing spot becomes clear. Of course, we may well be adrift sans any real clarity until the draft itself.
Apr 2 - 3:21 PM

MMQB spoke with a "friend" of Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey who believes the team will select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 pick.

A groundswell of momentum has seemed to build for USC's Sam Darnold to fly off the board to the Browns with the first pick, but it looks like Allen could still be a contender for that lofty selection as well. Dorsey's friend also said that he would be "surprised" if the team traded the No. 4 pick, which he believes will be spent on Saquon Barkley. To be clear, this is all speculation. Perhaps informed speculation, but speculation nonetheless.
Source: MMQB
Apr 2 - 1:40 PM

Former NFL scout John Middlekauff reports that Wyoming QB Josh Allen scored a 37 on the Wonderlic exam at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Middlekauff passed along the Wonderlic score for Allen and several other of the top quarterback prospects. According to the former scout, Josh Rosen received a 29 on his exam, with Sam Darnold (28) right on his heels, followed by Baker Mayfield (25). Lamar Jackson reportedly scored just 13 on the exam. It should be noted that while Wonderlic scores are good for headline fodder, there is no set benchmark on the exam for NFL purposes. We've seen quarterbacks find tremendous pro success despite outwardly poor scores -- Donovan McNabb reportedly scored just 14, Dan Marino just 16 -- and in the reverse, put together unremarkable careers despite high marks. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the standard-bearer for excellence on the exam, acing it with a score of 48 (it only grades up to 50), but has put together at best an average NFL career. Generally speaking, a score in the mid-20's is considered to be respectable.
Mar 30 - 12:54 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen believes that the Cleveland Browns are deciding between USC QB Sam Darnold and Wyoming QB Josh Allen for the first overall selection in the draft.

Mortensen made his comments during Tuesday's airing of NFL Live. It's nothing off the beaten trail. Darnold has seemingly settled more and more into the role of front-runner to land at No. 1, with Allen looking like the only other option for the pick. There's been the occasional rumor that Cleveland might look to swing for Saquon Barkley, but by-and-large, Darnold and Allen -- both of whose pro days were attended by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam -- appear to be separating from the rest of the class. Our favorite quarterback in the class is UCLA's Josh Rosen, but to this juncture, there's been almost no smoke around his being drafted by Cleveland. Even former Bruins HC Jim Mora said this week that the Browns should take Darnold rather than his former pupil.
Mar 27 - 5:53 PM