Is Wyoming’s Josh Allen the top quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft?

One of the first things NFL teams and scouts look for in a potential franchise signal caller is size. Standing at 6-4 and 222 pounds, Wyoming’s Josh Allen fits the bill. Take one look at Allen and it’s clear to see why NFL teams are already so intrigued by the Cowboys front man, despite having just one year as a starter under his belt.

If an NFL team could build their quarterback in a lab, it’s likely he would look exactly like Josh Allen. The traits that are supposed to come with his size are included in Allen’s repertoire; he possesses an elite arm and has a surprising amount of athletic ability at his disposal.

Allen also has experience in a pro-style offense, something that worked wonders for Jameis Winston and Carson Wentz during their predraft evaluations. As a matter of fact, current Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl coached Carson Wentz at North Dakota State in 2013 and has proven that he has what it takes to prepare a quarterback for the next level.

It’s evident that coach Bohl has given Allen full reigns to his offense; one look at the tape and it’s clear to see that the Firebaugh, California native is asked to scan the field while making reads downfield. The Wyoming offense calls for Allen to make all the throws, and the film proves that he has the full confidence of both his coaching staff and teammates.

A JUCO transfer who ended up at the University of Wyoming isn’t exactly the blueprint for a potential No. 1 overall pick, but then again, Allen isn’t your typical collegiate quarterback. He left high school unrecruited — that’s right, he received a total of zero scholarship offers after graduating from Firebaugh High School.

When attempting to describe Allen’s play style, the word gunslinger comes to mind. For as often as he dropped jaws across the Mountain West with his natural play-making ability, he also made mistakes while trying to do too much; perhaps how often he got away with ill-advised throws gave him the confidence to keep attempting them.