Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen can not hide anymore as word has gotten out how he has the potential to be the top-pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Allen still has work to do which is why he is getting help to improve upon his 56 percent completion percentage from last year.
Help is coming in the form of quarterback guru George Whitefield who has been working with Allen since the end of last season.
"The biggest challenge for him and -- it is a monstrous challenge -- is to disregard it all," Whitfield told CBS Sports.
Whitefield has coached quarterbacks like Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Johnny Manziel. In addition to Whitefield helping Allen, he is also getting tutored by the former Whitefield client in Manziel.
"Johnny has been very informative for me," Allen said. "Not just on the field but off the field, staying out of the spotlight, doing the right things."
Is Josh Allen worthy of the hype?
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Manziel was an amazing quarterback at Texas A&M and was a first-round pick for the Cleveland Browns just a few years ago, but off the field issues have hurt his pro career.
Make all the jokes you want about Manziel but he can help Allen become a better quarterback, and perhaps dealing with non-football issues the most since Manziel enjoyed the spotlight.
Later this summer Allen will be part of the the Manning Passing Academy and he might be working with another quarterback trainer in former NFL signal caller Jordan Palmer.
All of this is adding up to a lot of hype for Allen and what does not really help is that Wyoming Craig Bohl has called him “a Brett Favre-type guy.”
Bohl also compares him to his former North Dakota State signal caller Carson Wentz who went No. 2 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles last year.
"The last guy we had like him was Carson," Bohl said of Allen. "Drives a pick up, which is right up our alley."
Look for the comparisons between Allen and Wentz to be unavoidable in games this year, and probably more particularly in the non-conference games against Oregon and Iowa.