The NFL playoffs are set meaning the first 20 spots are solidified for the NFL Draft, but was has not occurred is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL. With the latter deadline not set, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller decided to do a seven-round mock draft that includes eligible players regardless of if they have declared or not.
His mock starts off en fuego.
Wyoming’s Josh Allen is one of the players who is draft eligible but has not declared and while a good number see him as a future NFL player but being pegged number three overall is very optimistic.
Perhaps Miller’s thinking is because Allen is being coached by Craig Bohl who also coached Carson Wentz while he was at North Dakota State.
Allen has a lot to work on his game which includes not forcing passes and making better plays.
In the opener against Nebraska he had four total interceptions, three in the fourth quarter and fumbled the ball away in the final frame where the Cornhuskers scored 28 points to win 52-17.
There was also a pick-six midway through the third quarter, and it is dumb to say if there were no interceptions or this play never happened the game would have been closer. The reality is heading into the final quarter Nebraska held only a 28-17 lead.
In the bowl game vs. BYU, Allen had a chance to win the game but threw an interception that sealed the game. Had Allen taken another half second he would have seen two players open.
This is not the first time that Miller has talked glowingly of Allen.
It isn't Brad Kaaya—who dominated West Virginia in what might have been his final college game—or any of the other big names mentioned here this season, but a redshirt sophomore at little ol' Wyoming. Josh Allen has the size (6'5", 220 lbs), massive arm, mobility and gunslinger wiring to take the NFL draft world by storm if he declares for the 2017 draft.
Miller also thinks Allen is a top-five QB for next year’s draft, and that seems more appropriate.
If you watched Wyoming against BYU on Wednesday night, you saw Josh Allen showing off his big arm and plus mobility. Allen isn't NFL-ready even though he's draft-eligible this year, but put his name on your 2018 watch lists. If he can continue to develop his field vision and decision-making, Allen could get himself into the top-five-quarterback conversation next fall.
These plays are what make Allen great but again he is not ready for the 2017 draft.
Give Josh Allen time, he will pick you apart pic.twitter.com/vyxKLFGjKj— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) December 4, 2016
In this game vs. Northern Illinois he turned the ball over six times, but it was this game-winning play that shows his mobility.
A few reasons he may want to consider leaving now for the NFL Draft is because running back Brian Hill has declared for the draft and his top three wide receivers are all seniors and the offensive line is losing starting center Chase Roullier who very likely could be drafted in 2017.