One prospect who the Denver Broncos may show interest in with their 5th overall pick in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft is former Wyoming quarterback, Josh Allen. He is a 6’5”, 233lb quarterback who is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the entire draft. Allen is ranked as the third-best quarterback prospect in the draft according to NFLDraftScout.com and is considered the 7th best player in the entire draft.
Allen played three years at Wyoming and put some good numbers during his time there. During his three-year career, Allen totaled 5,066 yards, 44 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions. He had a career completion percentage of 56.2% and added 767 yards rushing and an additional 12 touchdowns. This past season, Allen totaled 1,812 yards passing, 16 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. He added 204 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns this past season as well. Allen completed just 56.3% of his passes this past season.
Josh Allen, Junior, Wyoming
Height: 6’5” Weight: 233lbs 40 time: 4.75 seconds
Arm Length: 33 1/4” Hands: 10 1/8”
Vertical Jump: 33.5 inches Broad Jump: 119.0 inches 3-Cone drill: 6.90 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.40 seconds
- Prototypical size for an NFL quarterback
- Big enough and athletic enough to avoid smaller defenders
- Has excellent arm strength. Basically a rocket launcher for an arm
- Extends plays and makes plays while on the run
- Good deep ball thrower
- Can make every throw asked of him
- Has experience under center and in a pro-style offense
- Uses the pump fake well
- High upside
- A big boom/bust prospect
- Low comp % in college is a big red flag
- Never topped 56% as a starter in college
- Lacks anticipation on his throws
- Tries to strong arm throws too often which leads to poor decisions
- A daring thrower who makes some risky throws
- Performed poorly against top talent
- Field vision is iffy
- Mechanics and footwork need work
- Breaks from the pocket too quickly
- Could use more touch on some of his throws
- Needs to be more balanced as a thrower
- Gets “happy feet” at times
Does Josh Allen make sense for the Broncos in the first round?:
Allen is a scary pick. One that could lead to your Head Coach and GM being fired.
Listen, Allen has all the tools to become a damn good NFL quarterback. He has the size, he has the elite arm strength, and he has the mobility to extend plays or take off running for the first down. He has all that and his upside is immense.
Here’s the problem. Everything else you need for a Franchise quarterback in the NFL is lacking. He is inaccurate, his mechanics are iffy, his footwork needs work, he lacks anticipation, and could easily bust on you.
I remember reading this line on Allen at some point. It basically said that Allen has all the tools to be great, but the instruction manual to put all the pieces together is in German.
As for his fit with the Broncos, I am still not keen on the idea, but it is more logical than it was prior to free agency. The signing of Case Keenum(hopefully) gives the Broncos two-years to develop his predecessor. Allen needs time(not to the extent of Paxton Lynch) to work on his mechanics and field vision and Keenum gives him that.
He is the definition of an “Elway quarterback”. I believe Kubiak was added to the front office to avoid John making the same mistakes he did with Osweiler and Lynch but time will tell if that is true.
It seems doubtful that Allen will be there at the 5th pick, but if he is, I would imagine that Elway would have no issue making this pick. As he said at the Combine, “I am not done swinging and missing”.
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