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Former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen does an interview with the NFL Network's Mike Mayock on March 23 during Wyoming's Pro Day in Laramie.

Wyoming football fans have to wait until next month to play as former Cowboy Josh Allen in a football video game — unless they’re willing to track down unofficial NCAA Football rosters, that is. (Allen actually did that himself before last season and said he was given a 97 of 99 in arm strength, a 78 in speed and a 79 in accuracy in the now-defunct game.)

Otherwise, the countdown is on until Aug. 10, when Madden NFL 19 officially drops. The rankings for the upcoming game are now available.

How does the former Wyoming gunslinger stack up? Well, the good news is that Allen, whom the Buffalo Bills drafted seventh overall in April, has the strongest throw power in the game at 99 out of a possible 99. That tops Detroit’s Matthew Stafford (98), Baltimore’s Joe Flacco, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, Carolina’s Cam Newton and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (97 each).

The bad news is that Allen’s reputation of “strong arm, poor accuracy” has carried over into the gaming world. His accuracy on short throws was given a 79, tied for 81st among all players. His 77 accuracy on mid-range throws is tied for 46th, and his 74 accuracy on deep balls is tied for 45th. Allen fares a little better throwing on the run (84, tied for 21st), breaking sacks (78, tied for 23rd), and on play action (81, tied for 30th). Allen’s 73 grade on throwing under pressure is tied for 64th in the game.

Overall, Allen has a 74 ranking, tied for 38th among quarterbacks and last among the five quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Allen does have a better overall rating, however, than any other quarterback on the Bills’ current roster.

Wyoming’s other NFL rookie, Rico Gafford, also earned some notable ratings in his Madden debut. While Gafford’s overall rating of 65 is far from the top of the cornerback heap, the former track star has a 96 speed rating — tied for third best in the entire game.

Only Kansas City’s Tyreke Hill (98) and Cincinnati’s John Ross (97), both wide receivers, have a higher speed rating.

Gafford, who signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent, has a 94 acceleration rating, tied for 15th best in the game. Though he did not receive an NFL Combine invite, Gafford entered the draft process as one of the fastest players available. According to NFLDraftScout.com, Gafford’s unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.22 seconds at Wyoming’s Pro Day was the fastest recorded time at any Pro Day this spring.

The honor of highest-ranked former Wyoming player in Madden NFL 19 goes to Jacksonville Jaguar Tashaun Gipson, whose 85 overall rating ranks 11th among free safeties. Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mitch Unrein was given an overall score of 80, tied for 27th among defensive tackles.

Other former Cowboys in the game include New England Patriots tight end Jacob Hollister (72 overall), Buffalo defensive end Eddie Yarbrough (72), San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha (68), Washington Redskins center Chase Roullier (68), Dallas Cowboys free safety Marqueston Huff (67), Cincinnati Bengals running back Brian Hill (65) and Chicago Bears wide receiver Tanner Gentry (61).

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Brandon Foster reports on University of Wyoming athletics. He joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 after graduating from the University of Missouri and covering Mizzou athletics for two years. A St. Louis native, he lives in Laramie.

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