Career Recap: Allen was one of the quarterbacks who broke out during the 2016 season. He put his great skill set on display as he led a potent offense. Allen completed 56 percent of his passes on the season for 3,203 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also ran for 523 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Allen was a redshirt sophomore, which would have let him enter the 2017 NFL Draft, but he decided to return for his junior year.
2017 Season Outlook: Allen should have a good 2017 season as he is slated to see a lot of weak opponents. Wyoming has a lot of games against teams that don't field a lot of NFL talent. Allen does have some challenging opponents, including Iowa, Oregon and Boise State.
Skill-Set Summary: There is no doubt that Allen has a special skill set with well above-average physical talent to be a starting quarterback at the next level. Few NFL starters have Allen's combination of size, arm strength, and athleticism. It is obvious that Allen is a big quarterback with a powerful right arm, mobility, and quick-twitch athleticism.
Allen is dripping with physical talent. He has a cannon for an arm, letting him hurt teams downfield. Routinely, you see Allen roll out of the pocket to loft in a well-placed downfield bomb to a receiver. Allen throws a very good deep ball and is able to throw receivers open with his powerful arm. Throwing on the run is an asset for Allen as he uses his size and athletic ability to dodge pass-rushers to get find time to distribute the ball downfield. Allen also is willing to make tough throws and isn't too conservative with his decision-making.
Along with his arm, Allen is dangerous with his feet. He has speed to pick up yards on the ground with the size to bounce off defenders. Allen is an imposing runner and is a dangerous threat in the red zone as a run/pass threat.
While Allen has a tremendous skill set, there is a lot that he needs to improve upon for the NFL. Even scouting sources who really like Allen acknowledge that he needs a lot of development. Allen needs to improve his fundamentals - for one. His lack thereof leads him to having some accuracy issues on short and routine throws. Allen must improve his footwork and throwing motion for the NFL. He also will need development in his field vision and working through his progressions. Allen needs to get more comfortable and patient in the pocket, too. The redshirt junior often scrambles when he doesn't have to. Right now as one source suggests below, Allen is more of a thrower than a passer.
Here is how an AFC director of college scouting summarized Allen, "I love the size and raw arm talent. He's willing to make tough throws, but is more of a thrower than a passer right now. I did have some concerns with simple throws at times. But that sometimes is a product of youth, and he was only a [redshirt] sophomore [in 2016]."
There is no doubt that Allen has a great skill for the NFL, and he should be a starting quarterback for a franchise in the next few years. Sources have compared Allen's skill set to Ben Roethlisberger, so it is clear that Allen has special and rare physical tools.
2018 NFL Draft Expectations: Allen enters the 2017 season as potential high first-rounder. He could end up being a polarizing prospect. An AFC team told me they gave Allen a first-round grade for the 2017 NFL Draft before he decided to return to Wyoming. A NFC general manager of a team that has very tough graders said they had Allen as a third-day prospect. They have the luxury of a franchise quarterback and had Pat Mahomes in the same third-day range with his grade, so they are atypical in quarterback grading. In speaking with other team sources, they think that Allen has a very good chance of ending up being taken in Round 1 during the 2018 NFL Draft.