Allen didn’t have any FBS offers out of high school and had only two after a freshman season at Reedley College.
But he landed at Wyoming and became the starter in 2016, and fans of the draft might remember his name from the time when ESPN’s Adam Schefter said after the 2017 draft: There was one personnel director who told me this week that you can put it in the books, Josh Allen will be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft next year.
Scouts look at Allen as a high-end talent, but it’s all projection. He has tremendous size and a huge arm, and he made plenty of plays in 2016, when Wyoming had a strong veteran team around him. His numbers didn’t show any improvement this season, but his coaching staff and the NFL scouting community seem to blame that on the deterioration of the rest of the Cowboys’ roster due to the departures of so many of his weapons prior to the season. What scouts and evaluators see with Allen is elite potential — the kind for which you’re willing to overlook little things, such as a poor season at Wyoming.
Kiper’s draft ranking: No. 3 QB and No. 11 overall prospect. From Kiper’s Big Board: Allen is super raw, but he can really sling it. … I think Allen’s numbers will be much better in an NFL offense with NFL players.
McShay’s draft ranking: No. 3 QB and No. 15 overall prospect. From McShay’s Top 32: He has an elite arm and frame and can make every throw. The postseason process will be key for him.
The prohibitive favorite for Dunk of the Year, ladies and gentlemen: Anthony Davis literally destroying Ron Baker.
(Russell Westbrook has a nice candidate on Thon Maker, though.)
Well, this is weird. Isaiah Thomas will make his season debut on Tuesday against the Blazers. But the Cavaliers won’t let him play back-to-backs yet, so he won’t play against the Celtics on Wednesday. I feel like we’d all understand if Cleveland decided to keep Isaiah out on Tuesday so he can play Wednesday.
James Harden, who has seemed to be sore in recent weeks (despite some crazy scoring exploits), is out two weeks with hamstring strain. This could cost him front-runner status in the MVP race. LeBron, five-time MVP? Hello.
Harden was injured late in a New Year’s Eve thriller against the Lakers, by the way. Well, late in regulation — the game ended up being a gonzo double-overtime thriller. Shout out to P.J. Tucker.