DEEP FRIED DRAFT
DFD COOKBOOK RECIPE
213/379 (56%), 3254 yards, 28 TD, 15 INT
146 attempts, 562 yards, 7 TD
Today we are going to look at a player that will almost certainly be one of the most scrutinized prospects by the end of the draft cycle. Josh Allen was a two-star quarterback recruit out of Reedley Community College (CA). He played his high school ball at Firebaugh HS (CA). His only other FBS offer came from Eastern Michigan. Allen only played in two games as a freshman before he suffered a collarbone injury. He came bursting onto the national scene as a sophomore. He led the Cowboys to a birth in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game.
GAMES WATCHED: 2016: Nebraska, Boise State, UNLV, San Diego State, BYU
Allen will miss the occasional easy throw. He takes a lot of sacks. 27 of them total in the 2016 season. Some of this is his offensive line’s fault. Some of the sacks he takes are due to his inexperience. Allen freelances often and this can lead to careless interceptions. Against Nebraska, his carelessness led to four picks. In that game and at least one other, his lack of maturity led to him getting rattled and led to compounding mistakes.
Wyoming runs a pro-style offense and this makes his evaluation a little bit easier than most. There is much less projection that has to be made. Allen has a well bit frame, but he could add about ten pounds easily without losing anything. He has a big time arm. If there is an NFL throw to make, Allen can make it. He excels at throwing on the run, both to his left and to his right. He squeezes the football into tight windows. I love that Allen will stand in the pocket, deliver the football, and take the big hit. He is an athletic (not fast) quarterback with the ability to make plays in the open field. Everything mostly checks out mechanically for Allen. He uses proper footwork (most of the time), his throwing motion looks good, and he goes through his progressions.
In my opinion, Josh Allen definitely made the correct decision to return to Laramie for his junior campaign. It will be very easy for people to compare him to former North Dakota State and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. They are built alike, have a similar athletic profile, and were both recruited by head coach Craig Bohls. I am little concerned about his production. Allen only had one 300+ yard passing game in 2016 (loss to UNLV, 3 OT). He is going to be a polarizing prospect for many. You can obviously see the physical tools, but his mental approach and lack of production will make me pump the brakes on any potential #1 pick talk. If Allen cuts down on the interceptions (11 in the 5 games I watched) and can show some improvement in his overall accuracy, I will consider him a top ten player.