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Josh Allen NFL Draft Profile and Scouting Report

Josh Allen NFL Draft Profile and Scouting Report

Josh Allen - Wyoming Cowboys

 

Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 237
Year: Junior
Hometown: Firebaugh, CA
Experience: 2 year starter

 

Measurables:

40yd dash: 4.75
Broad jump: 9’11”
Vertical: 33.5”
3-cone: 6.9
20yd. Shuttle: 4.4
Bench Press: --

 

Career Notes:

Allen is a junior college transfer who only received an offer from one other FBS school. He started one game his freshman year but broke his collarbone, ending his 2015 campaign. He started generating pro buzz in 2016, throwing for 28 touchdowns and 8.6 yards per attempt. He debated declaring for the 2017 draft but chose to return for his junior season.

Ultimately Allen led Wyoming to an 8-5 record and bowl victory in 2017 but failed to produce like he did the previous year. Although he cut his interception total from 16 to six, he threw for just 16 touchdowns last year, and his completion percentage remained stagnant at an unimpressive 56 percent. Some in the scouting community are discouraged that Allen didn’t put up dominant numbers in his last season in Laramie, while others blame the dip in production on sub-par surrounding talent.

Allen struggled in his three career games against major-conference opponents (2016 at Nebraska, 2017 at Iowa, 2017 vs. Oregon). Wyoming lost all three games, and Allen completed just 50 percent of his passes, throwing one touchdown to eight interceptions.

Billed as a classic boom-or-bust prospect, Allen boasts outstanding physical tools: prototypical size, good mobility plus the strongest arm in the draft class. He is often compared to Carson Wentz and Ben Roethlisberger due to size and small-school background, but some personnel executives will only consider a small-school prospect in the first round if he dominated the competition. While there are some serious knocks on his production, passing touch and accuracy, it’s almost certain a team will fall in love with his potential before the Packers are scheduled to pick at 14.

 

Injury Report: 

Other than the broken collarbone that limited him to just six pass attempts in 2015, Allen was mostly healthy in his collegiate career. He did miss two games last season with an injury to his throwing shoulder but returned for Wyoming’s bowl game and appeared no worse for the wear.

 

2017 Stats: 152/270 (56.3%), 1,812 yards, 16 TD, 6 INT, 127.8 rating, 204 rush yards, 5 rush TD

Career Stats:

 

Analysis:

Arm Strength: 5.0/5.0

Allen has unquestionably the strongest arm in this year’s draft. Wyoming’s offense utilized his cannon arm often, calling for plenty of deep comebacks, outs and back-shoulder throws. Generating effortless velocity, Allen was able to drive the ball to the sideline routinely during his career. Even on the run or while off balance, he was able to throw lasers that few NFL passers consistently throw, even when forced to change his arm angle or release point. His powerful arm sizzles on tape in all situations.

Accuracy: 3.0/5.0

Despite such a low career completion rate, Allen is generally capable of good ball placement, allowing his receivers a chance to run after the catch. Wyoming’s offense didn’t feature as many “free” completions as some other college offenses, making occasional use of screens and swings. Many of his incompletions in 2017 were throws where Allen was trying to keep the ball away from the defender while still giving his receiver an opportunity to make a play (i.e. high and outside in the end zone).

He’s typically accurate when throwing to his first read or on the run but is more erratic when resetting in the pocket or targeting a secondary receiver. He lacks touch on some deep and intermediate throws, relying on arm strength when precision would be more helpful.

Athletic Ability: 3.5/5.0

With a 40-yard dash time comparable to Aaron Rodgers’, Allen is a good athlete, especially for his size. His offensive line struggled to protect him, especially against quality opponents, so Allen escaped the pocket routinely and made graceful throws on the run.

His athleticism was shown in a variety of ways, including some designed runs and options from shotgun. He also made fluid rollouts to both directions after taking snaps from under center, so coordinators at the next level won’t be limited at all in play-calling.

He’s not explosive enough to gash NFL defenses on the ground, but he’ll be able to pick up an occasional first down while scrambling, and he can buy time to throw from outside the pocket.

Decision Making: 2.5/5.0

Allen will have a lot of work to do here at the next level. His strong arm allows him to thread the needle, but the gunslinger mentality got him into plenty of trouble.

Perhaps because he wasn’t very well protected in the pocket, he has a tendency to scramble if his first read isn’t open. He needs to work on his pocket presence to stop seeing ghosts, and he lacks the anticipation and patience to let certain route combinations develop.

Leadership: 3.0/5.0

As the most talented player on Wyoming’s team, Allen has become accustomed to being “the man,” and he guided them to two winning seasons. Allen’s former coach, Craig Bohle, has praised his ability to lead a team.

Wyoming’s offense provided some experience with NFL-style team leading, including some huddling and snaps under center. He’ll need some work, however, before he’s able to direct his team from the line of scrimmage with audibles and checks.

Summary: Allen is the ultimate lottery ticket in this year’s draft. His arm strength is unparalleled, but he has plenty of work ahead of him to be able to harness all that natural ability. Unlike most quarterbacks in this class, Allen has the arm talent and athleticism to do anything an NFL coordinator could ask, so scheme fit shouldn’t be a very big issue, however Allen could benefit from a year of refinement before hitting the field as an NFL starter.

Overall Grade: 3.4/5.0  

 

If drafted by the Packers:

Something totally unforeseen has happened. Not only will Allen’s natural ability make him a tempting top-10 option before the Packers are on the clock, Green Bay doesn’t appear to be in the position to draft a first-round quarterback with so many other possible needs. Allen may need a year or two of learning and development the most out of all the top-tier quarterback prospects, but it seems farfetched that the Packers are ready to find Aaron Rodgers’ heir apparent just yet.

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Matt Kelley is a staff writer for Cheesehead TV. He can be found on Twitter via @hustleandheart1

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worztik's picture

Allen should be our QB in training, like ARod was, and eventually take over after 2019! No contract extension for ARod, let him play out current contract and move on, or franchise tag him for a year or 2 after contract expires. Yes he’s great but, when will his greatness end? This year? Next year? Allen could be great (???) and when people talk about areas of greater need, we are not talking about BPA! If we’re drafting for a need, we will NEED a QB in a few years so what’s the big deal? Cleveland is so desperate to win that they might just give up the farm to get Rodgers this year as another option! We can win without Aaron, just like the Queens and Eagles did last year after their starters went down. I’d rather plan for an awful scenario than get caught without a strong armed, developmental QB under center! At some place in time we just have to accept that ARod is or will be gone! People here don’t agree with me and I understand! These same people believe they will live forever, too! Not happening... let’s shake things up!!!

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Just watched his pro day live... Whew!!! What an arm!!!

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