Charlie Campbell of Walterfootball.com has announced multiple sources have confirmed to him that Wyoming junior QB Josh Allen is set to enter the 2018 NFL Draft after the team’s bowl game later this month.
The decision by Allen to forego his senior season is one that hedges his bets on himself as a player. It will be very important for Allen to have a strong showing throughout the 2018 pre-Draft process to reinforce his plus traits to NFL personnel.
Allen has struggled with consistency this season for the Cowboys, both with his decision making and in November with his heath. Allen missed the team’s final two games with an injury to his throwing shoulder. The injury has been said to be not serious.
Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com has reported that Allen also wishes to participate in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl, but his eligibility is going to be in question due to being a few credits short of graduating this December.
According to sources, #Wyoming QB Josh Allen is hoping to play in the Senior Bowl, but he hasn't graduated yet. He might try taking classes into January to be eligible for the all-star game.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) December 4, 2017
Such a decision, if it were to materialize, would be an excellent opportunity for Allen to expose himself to NFL personnel early in the Draft process and familiarize himself with those who will be grilling him at the 2018 NFL Combine.
As a player, Allen has a live arm and prototypical size. His athletic ability is unique for a player of his stature as well, something that undoubtedly appeals to NFL personnel as they take inventory of what he offers coaches at the next level.
But I do have significant concerns regarding his current status as a passer. There are often errant throws, misreads and an over-ambitious approach to extending plays under pressure. These are all issues that are prominent in Allen’s film, and things that will need to be reconciled before Allen can have any chance of reaching his lofty ceiling as a player.
Allen reportedly is valued in the first round by a number of anonymous NFL front office executives, but he will not attain that high of a score from me. The potential is undeniable, but the risk is notably high as well.