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From the farm to JUCO and Wyoming to the NFL?
That's the current trajectory for Allen, who has gone from afterthought to potential top-five pick. Reedley Community College was the only program to offer Allen a chance out of high school, and Wyoming was the only FBS program to offer a scholarship after a year at the JUCO level.
Following a redshirt season in 2015, Allen put himself on the NFL radar in 2016 with 3,203 passing yards and 35 total touchdowns. He returned for the 2017 season, but his top two rushers and three top receivers did not, and Allen's production and on-field play dropped.
He finished with 1,812 passing yards and 21 total touchdowns in 2017, while also missing two games due to a right shoulder injury. Allen still declared early for the 2018 NFL Draft, and scouts are excited about his physical traits.
Elite physical tools can help mask other deficiencies, which is the case with Allen. He has outstanding size, athleticism and arm strength to deliver strikes to all levels of the field. Allen uses athletic feet to buy extra time and move with agility within the pocket, stressing the defense with his movements. He shows an understanding of touch, adding velocity or taking some off his fastball as needed.
Allen tends to rely too much on his arm to do the work, which leads to spotty mechanics and over-striding. That messy, inconsistent technique consequently affects his accuracy.
Allen is undeveloped from a mental perspective, telegraphing throws and not making whole-field reads, but his physical traits, coachable attitude and potential will be enough to earn a spot in the first round.
--Field Level Media