With Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler both being best suited to be backups, and Paxton Lynch clearly not being fit to be a franchise NFL quarterback, it’s no secret that Denver Broncos’ general manager John Elway will be in the market for a new quarterback this coming offseason. And on Friday afternoon, Elway will be in Boise, Idaho to get an up close look at a potential solution to his team’s ongoing quarterback woes.
According to Cecil Lammey of Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan in Denver, Colorado, Elway is expected to attend the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl between Wyoming and Central Michigan on Friday to get an up close look at Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.
plenty of buzz about John Elway expected to attend the Potato Bowl today. QB Josh Allen a potential 1st round pick and target of DEN @1043TheFan #NFLDraft – hearing Chargers reps will be at that game too (for Allen)
— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) December 22, 2017
Allen is widely considered to be one of the top-three quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. After signing with Wyoming as a lightly-recruited junior college prospect, Allen blossomed into star at the college level.
What has scouts and coaches salivating about Allen’s NFL potential, though, is his extremely rare physical skillset. He measures in at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, he has a big-time arm, and he is an above-average athlete. And to top it all off, he played in a pro-style offense under Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl, who also happened to coach Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz at North Dakota State.
Because of his physical stature and small town upbringing, Allen has drawn several comparisons to Wentz. While the comparisons make sense on the surface, Allen is much more of a boom-or-bust prospect than Wentz was coming out of college.
Wentz completely dominated his level of competition, and he left college with Football Championship Series national championship rings (including his redshirt year). Allen has flashed signs of brilliance at Wyoming, but he didn’t consistently dominate his Mountain West Conference competition the way a potential top-five draft pick should have.
With some patience and excellent coaching, Allen has star potential at the NFL level. With that being said, the Broncos aren’t really in a position to be patient if they want to compete for another championship while their current defense is still elite.