Josh Allen visits Browns Thursday

Last of the top 4 QBs in town for pre-draft visit

Daryl Ruiter
April 12, 2018 - 10:09 am
Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen throws a pass during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen is visiting the Browns in Berea Thursday.

Allen’s visit wraps up their visits with the top 4 quarterbacks in the draft class at their facility.

“I want to be the guy that turns around the Cleveland Browns," Allen told 92.3 The Fan in January. "The guy that does that is going to be immortalized in Cleveland forever.”

Like the other quarterbacks in the draft class, it is easy to poke holes in Allen's worthiness to be the No. 1 pick.

He went 0-3 against Div. 1 competition, he only completed 56 percent of his passes and his production dropped off as a junior.

This past season Allen threw for 1,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions after racking up 3,203 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions through the air as a sophomore. He averaged 228.8 yards per game and 8.6 yards per pass attempt as a sophomore, but those numbers dropped to just 164.7 yards per game and 6.7 yards per attempt this past season. He was also held under 100 yards passing in three games in 2017.

“There’s still a lot of work to do. I’m not the perfect prospect let me tell you," Allen said. "I got a lot to work on and I’ll be the first to admit that. I’m not going to sit here and say I know everything about everything. I definitely have work to do. The thing is, I’m willing to admit that. I’m willing to go to work and fix everything I need to fix.”

Allen spent this offseason working with Jordan Palmer on his footwork and mechanics in preparation for the NFL Combine, his pro day and the individual workouts leading up to the draft.

The Browns don't plan on starting a rookie quarterback after trading for Tyrod Taylor and signing Drew Stanton this offseason, which Allen understands.

“The competitor in me wants to go in and start right away, but realistically I would welcome that [sitting a year],” Allen said. “It definitely gives you time to adjust to the speed of the game, to learn the offense, to know the ins and outs of the NFL because that first year is crazy. If you can take a year, sit and learn and process information, the next year you get to focus in on football.”

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold visited last week.

It’s expected that the Browns will select one of the 4 quarterbacks with the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.