Pump the brakes: Josh Allen looked nothing like top-10 pick vs. Iowa
Many dubbed Allen a future top-10 pick, but it's hard to imagine anyone taking the pivot that high after he looked completely out of sorts for much of the day against Iowa, going 23-of-40 for a measly 174 yards and two interceptions.
It should be pointed out that he felt pressure throughout the game, though he wasn't helping his own cause. His interceptions came on poor decisions, with the first one coming thanks to poor mechanics.
Allen appeared to feel the pressure prematurely on that play, making what should have been a routine throw unnecessarily difficult.
On his second pick, he threw the ball right into the waiting arms of a Hawkeye pass-rusher.
With Wyoming's schedule once again not overly strong, scouts were undoubtedly paying extra attention to Saturday's opener. The Hawkeyes are the first of only two Power 5 opponents for the Cowboys this season, meaning Allen is going to need to have an incredible performance two weeks from now against Oregon to erase this performance from scouts' minds.
He needs a huge game versus the Ducks to prove he can play against the nation's best. So far in his career, he has faced two Power 5 schools and his numbers are anything but spectacular. Allen is now 39-of-72 with seven interceptions and only one touchdown.
There have been a few success stories in the past of players becoming legitimate NFL starters from lower-profile schools, including Steve McNair, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, and Derek Carr. Carson Wentz and Jimmy Garappolo have also shown potential, but more often than not those quarterbacks don't work out.
It's possible that quarterback-needy teams like the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets will be picking at the top of the 2018 NFL Draft, though taking Allen doesn't appear to be the answer to their problems.
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