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2017 NFL Draft: Wyoming’s Josh Allen will return to school

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Another year for Josh Allen will do wonders for his NFL Draft stock.

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Wyoming fans will get to see their prized quarterback Josh Allen for another year as the junior-to-be is returning to Laramie. It was first reported by Matt Miller of Bleacher Report and confirmed by Fresno Bee’s Marek Warszawski who spoke with Joel Allen, Josh’s father. Allen had until January 16th to make a decision about entering the NFL Draft.

There was a ton of hype surrounding Allen and the NFL Draft, and specifically from Miller who put the Wyoming quarterback at No. 3 overall in his first seven-round mock draft.

Allen is back and that is a good thing because experience and reps are needed at the college level to be a successful NFL quarterback. He spend a year at Reedley (California) Community College and missed nearly all of last year with an injury in his first career start.

He has only 15 starts — that Eastern Michigan start in 2015 saw him leave early with a season-ending injury — at the FBS level and his numbers were good but not amazing with 3,203 passing yards while completing 56 percent to go along with 28 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.

He is a mobile quarterback who also rushed for 512 yards and seven touchdowns.

The accuracy is what needs to get better to be a legitimate NFL signal-caller. Allen also was named a second-team All-Mountain West selection this past year.

Josh Allen to stay another at Wyoming.

Posted by Mountain West Connection on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The question remains if Allen can improve on those numbers as the offense is losing a ton and the early answer is leaning toward no.

The Cowboy best running back ever in Brian Hill declared for the draft as a junior and they are losing wide receivers Jake Maulhardt and Tanner Gentry, tight end Jacob Hollister and center Chase Roullier to graduation.