In every draft, there are a number of quarterbacks that top the list of GMs big boards, this year is no exception. Although, what separates this draft from years past is, there are 5 different quarterbacks that have been consistently high selections in the mock drafts produced by the best analysts covering the draft. Among the QBs is an unfamiliar face, Josh Allen from the University of Wyoming. Allen has taken a similar path to the spotlight as Carson Wentz, coming from a small school and quickly proving he belongs with college football’s elite. Here is the breakdown for one of college football’s best quarterback in the upcoming 2018 NFL draft.
Josh Allen impressed on the big stage at the 2018 NFL combine in Indianapolis, posting some of the best results among all QBs. Allen ran a 4.75 40 yard dash (3rd), 33′ 5″ vertical leap (1st), 9′ 11″ broad jump (1st), and 6.9 3 cone drill (2nd). Clearly, Allen was the biggest combine performer through all of the statistical tests. While all of these reveal Allen as an unbelievable athlete, he also threw the ball exceptionally well. Allen showed off his ability to throw the long ball as he’d hit streaking receivers in stride almost 75 yards down field. Without question, Josh Allen had the best combine of any player thus far.
Throughout his college career, Allen displayed a rare combination of mobility and arm strength. Against San Diego St. in 2016’s Mountain West Championship, Allen lead Wyoming to a near comeback but simply ran out of time. In this game, Allen’s ability to escape from the pocket and deliver frozen ropes to receivers is truly on display most notably in the 3rd minute of the video.
What concerns scouts about Allen is how he will fare against stronger opposition. Undoubtedly Allen has the strongest arm in the draft but given that the only tape we have on him is in the Wyoming offense which has never featured him under center this creates another conversation about his ability to adjust to both speed and style of NFL games.
For the most part, only time will tell whether Allen is truly an exceptional talent but in my opinion, his raw talent gives him the highest celling of all other players at his position in the draft making him better than Mayfield, Rosen, and Darnold.