Say what you will about Josh Allen as an NFL prospect, or the merits of judging players at a glorified exhibition game - he showed Saturday at the Senior Bowl why he's a real candidate to go first overall in April's draft.
The Wyoming alum got off to a slow start - in truth, so did fellow North squad quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Tanner Lee - but he was golden in the third quarter before giving way to Lee in the fourth.
Allen scored his team's first touchdown with a pinpoint throw to the back of the end zone, hitting Central Michigan's Tyler Conklin after faking an end-around handoff. He was prone to staring down receivers in college, but on this play took one step up in the pocket before firing the ball 16 yards, displaying some exquisite touch, for the score:
On the next drive, he found Penn's Justin Watson down the sideline for a big gain. Again, Allen did well to get rid of the ball early instead of staring down his target and waiting for separation down the field. As a result, the opposing safety had no chance to come over and break up the play:
Allen finished the contest 9-for-13 for 158 yards and two touchdowns, and was named Most Outstanding Player for the North team.
For the sake of comparison, Lee went 8-for-19 for 86 yards and one interception. Mayfield only saw brief action in the opening quarter, and was 3-for-7 for 9 yards.
The stats don't mean a ton in a game where blitzing is prohibited, defensive schemes are kept elementary, and the players on the field barely know each other. However, Allen put his talent on display for everyone who wanted to see it in Mobile, Ala., strengthening his supporters' claims that he'll be the first name called when the NFL draft commences in three months.