INDIANAPOLIS — Former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen wasn’t necessarily the talk of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. It would be hard to compete, for example, with Shaquem Griffin, the UCF linebacker who nearly didn’t receive a Combine invite and then proceeded to run a 4.38-second 40-yard dash and bench press 225 pounds 20 times, despite not having a left hand.
But that doesn’t mean Allen wasn’t talked about. He helped his cause as a potential top selection in April’s NFL Draft by putting up some of the gaudiest numbers among quarterbacks in the Combine drills and putting on a show during his throwing session.
Here are what some of Allen’s peers had to say about him.
Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, whose Broncos played against Allen twice: “I love Josh. I think he’s a great player. He’s super athletic, he’s a big dude, he can run. He’s good at evading pressure and getting out of situations in the pocket. He’s a hard dude to bring down, generally. You’ve gotta give it to him. He can sling the ball. He can put it pretty much wherever he wants it. You guys saw that. The dude’s impressive. He’s athletic.”
Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson, who intercepted Wyoming in the 2017 season opener: “He’s a really good quarterback, really good strong arm. And I think he’ll be able to fit well with any team in the NFL.”
Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold, who is training with Allen in San Clemente, California: “That’s awesome competing with Josh. We’ve become real good friends over the past couple months. Also Kyle Allen, who’s also training with us, has been amazing as well. It’s been really fun. Me and Josh have really enjoyed becoming closer. I’m not sure (how we compare). I think that’s up for you guys to decide, but me and Josh get along really well. It’s good to compete with each other but also hang out with each other and just get to know one another.”
Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan, who is from Casper: “It’s awesome, I’m really happy for the dude, he had a really great season. He’s got a heck of an arm, honestly. He throws well, a really pretty ball. I’m happy for him and wish him the best of luck.”
Boise State receiver Cedrick Wilson, who caught a touchdown from Allen at the Reese’s Senior Bowl: “When I saw him throw it (in the 2016 Boise State-Wyoming game), I think he threw a comeback to the field, and I was like, ‘Oh, he’s got an arm.’ And then just knowing his background, knowing that he’s been working, it was good to see him out there playing. Obviously, they took the win. That was the sad part.”
Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee, who competed with Allen at the Senior Bowl and roomed with him at the Combine: “He’s really cool to get to know. He’s a really nice guy. So just through this whole process, you get to be friends with a lot of guys. He’s extremely talented. He’s got a cannon of an arm. So, he’s been really fun to work with and get to know.”
Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside, who participated with Allen at the Manning Passing Academy: “He’s become a really good friend of mine. We kept in touch throughout the season, and I’m excited for him.”
Central Michigan tight end Tyler Conklin, who played against Allen in the Potato Bowl and caught a touchdown from him at the Senior Bowl: “He’s a great dude. He’s going to have a great career. He’s a one-of-a-kind talent, obviously.”
San Jose State defensive back Andre Chachere, whose Spartans beat Wyoming in 2017 when Allen was injured: “Knowing he’s a potential first-rounder and whatnot, and me and him were actually from the Central Valley, so we lived not too far from each other, playing against him would have been a great matchup. But it didn’t happen, so it’s all good.”