Stud QB prospect Josh Allen: ‘I would definitely welcome’ backing up Ryan Tannehill in ’18

Josh Allen’s highlight video is full of, shall we say, highlights.

MOBILE, Ala. — When Josh Allen plays EA Sports Madden NFL, he chooses a quarterback who also wears number 17.

“Ryan Tannehill,” Allen said Tuesday, before his first Senior Bowl practice. “He was able to move better than the other quarterbacks. And speed is everything in those games. He’s got good ability and it sucks that he tore his ACL and had to sit out this year. But he’s going to come back and compete and play well.”

Allen may go as high as first overall, or he could slip to the Dolphins, who pick 11th in the next NFL Draft. Allen was scheduled to meet with Dolphins brass Tuesday night.

After not attending the Senior Bowl last year, Miami head coach Adam Gase was in Alabama Tuesday. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph also said he’s meeting with Miami Tuesday night.

So, how would Allen feel about backing up Tannehill for the 2018 season? He thinks it’s a swell scenario, actually.

“I would definitely welcome it,” Allen told the Daily Dolphin. “Being able to sit for a year and kind of experience what the NFL is like. Settle into a new city. Get your house situated. All the marketing stuff you’re not used to. Being able to have that year to learn the offense. Learn what the NFL defenses are like and the speed of the game. Then coming out year two, you can focus all on football.”

Allen has a big arm and surprising mobility. He’s somewhat raw. He’s working to refine his footwork. But he can anticipate throws. He can throw on the move. And he has the mentality of a wild stallion.

Allen is going to do something big when he has the chance.

For the second straight day, Allen handled multiple questions about low accuracy numbers (we can say he was let down by many drops and a depletion in Wyoming talent in 2017) with aplomb. Allen has a baby face, but he’s showing maturity and a confident ease in interviews.

“I don’t think that I have accuracy problems,” Allen said. “I do think that when my feet aren’t set, I deliver a different type of ball than I’m used to. Winning from within the pocket are going to be what’s necessary in the NFL. That’s what we’re going to do.”

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What have scouts and coaches and executives been grilling Allen about?

“They want to know why I had one offer out of high school and had to go to junior college,” Allen said. “So I mean just talking through the whole story, of how I ended up in Wyoming, which has been kind of cool, reminiscing, on the whole journey that I’ve had.”

Allen seems to have great answers at every turn. How bad was that junior college experience?

“The locker rooms, not too great,” Allen said with a smile. “But they did have dorms, so we were able to live on campus. Junior college is tough. You talk to anybody and it’s a grind. And you’ve got one goal and that’s to get out and find a scholarship. You know what, though? You find a lot of people that love football in junior college, because it’s not easy.”

Allen was an excellent all-around athlete, growing up in California.

A point guard in basketball.

“A shooter,” Allen said. “But I could also drive or pass it off.”

A high school pitcher.

“I brought the heat,” Allen said. “I had some junk now, don’t get me wrong. But I topped out at like 92 my senior year. I felt like my arm was going to fall off though, I was pitching almost every other game. It’s something you have to do to help the team win.”

As Allen added size and strength between his junior and senior years of high school, his velocity on baseballs, and more importantly, footballs, began to reach Paul Bunyan proportions.

Allen is committed to patiently navigating the arduous pre-draft process.

“These teams have to make a huge investment in first-round guys,” he said. “So they’re going to do their due diligence and find out anything they can. And hopefully make the right decision for the franchise.”

As for the idea of moving from Laramie, Wyoming, to South Florida?

“Other than landing in Pensacola and driving here, I haven’t set foot in Florida,” Allen said. “Literally my first time. But I’ve always wanted to visit. We’ll see.”

 

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