Scout’s Notebook Week 1: Josh Allen vs Iowa
Throughout the 2017 college football season I will be publishing my notes as I scout the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft prospects. These are different from my normal draft profiles which lays out every prospects strengths, weaknesses, analysis and draft grade. These notes were written on the fly as I watched the prospects play for their respective college teams.
The game did not go as planned for QB Josh Allen or the Wyoming Cowboys—losing 24-3 to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Stat-line: 23 of 40 passes 174 yards 0 TD’s 2 INT’s
- The game and stat-line do not give Josh Allen justice
- Cannon arm that can make all the throws
- Wyoming WR’s dropped passes all over the field
- Ineffective running game that accumulated 59 total rushing yards
- Play-calling was questionable—even when trailing big, 3-5 yard hitch or out routes called every play
- Accuracy to the hash marks
- Escapability from the pocket—pressured all day but managed to escape most
— Danny Lawhon (@DannyLawhon) September 2, 2017
There were five passes that were either bad judgements or just mis-throws by Allen—other than those five, Allen passed the ball beautifully. Against a stout Iowa defense, the average football fan will look at Allen’s stat-line and think he’s not worthy of top pick billing come May—but that is so far from the truth. Wyoming does not have a lot of talent and Allen hung in the pocket all day despite the constant pass rush and delivered NFL-type throws to all spots of the field.
Scout’s take: Allen is still a perennial Top-5 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and will face one more Power-5 conference team in Oregon on September 16th—in that game, he will need to show more play-making capability making those around him better.