MOBILE, Ala. — If you watch the highlight tape, you see Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen making ridiculous throws.
You see Allen transforming broken plays into incredibly deep, roll-out bombs into windows that most quarterbacks would never bother trying.
“That kind of goes back to the gunslinger mentality,” Allen told the Daily Dolphin after arriving at the Senior Bowl on Monday. “Looking back at guys like (Brett) Favre and (Aaron) Rodgers, they’re not afraid to put it in any spot. I’ve got some of that same mindset. Obviously I’ve got a good enough arm to do it. And in the NFL I know guys are faster and smarter and it’s harder to complete balls in the NFL. So being more accurate and making good decisions with the football will be the key for me.”
There’s the rub.
As Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said Monday of Allen: “He looks like an NFL quarterback.”
Savage noted that the biggest test for Allen this week is going to be above the neck. NFL coaches are going to put the small-school quarterback through challenges on and off the field, to get a gauge on his leadership, demeanor and x’s and o’s aptitude.
“I’ve spoken with Carson Wentz because he had the same type of offensive style and same type of terminology,” Allen said. “I was able to talk to him last year when I was making my decision. And he said that the offense that we run translates extremely well to the NFL. Same formations. Same concepts. It’s really parallel. It’s not a spread system like most of these guys in college are in. I’m going to be able to step in and at least learn the offense fairly quickly.”
ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper thinks Allen is so big and strong-armed and talented that he could go first overall to the Cleveland Browns. But Allen is also somewhat raw, and had a low completion percentage this season, so he could conceivably slip to the Dolphins at 11th overall.
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Allen is anxious to meet with many NFL teams.
“I want to show them the type of person that I am both on and off the field,” Allen said. “To show them that I understand the terminology. Obviously coming from Wyoming and not playing against the greatest competition, I don’t think that has anything to do with my football IQ. I want them to understand that I have a high football IQ and I love this game. I do love football. This is the only thing I’ve wanted my entire life is to be an NFL quarterback.”
Would Miami be interested in drafting Allen as a developmental eventual successor to Ryan Tannehill? It would have to be considered.
As for that inconsistent accuracy?
“I’m way more accurate than that shows,” Allen said. “That’s what I’m cleaning up in this offseason, to show everybody. That I’ve been working on that. The key to my accuracy is making sure that my feet are set right. To be a more polished throwing motion and more polished stroke. When my feet and hips are right that’s where your accuracy comes from. So getting out there in front of all the scouts and GMs, to show that.”
Allen is fired up to be compared directly this week to Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, whose delay here has been delayed a day due to a personal family issue. Both quarterbacks are on the North squad, coached by former Dolphins defensive coordinator and current Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.
“It’s cool to be compared to people,” Allen said. “I’d rather be the only Josh Allen. But getting to come here and compete with the Heisman Trophy winner, Baker Mayfield, is going to be fun. I haven’t met him yet. I know he’s not here yet. But he can obviously make all the throws. Getting the chance to meet him, it will be fun.”