NFL Draft profile: Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen

Don't be surprised if the Redskins add a third quarterback and do so during the middle to late rounds of the NFL Draft. Perhaps Arkansas's Brandon Allen.

The Washington Redskins slapped the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins and re-signed Colt McCoy, but what about a third quarterback? We know Robert Griffin III is gone which essentially means the draft. There's a strong possibility general manager selects a young passer in the middle-to-late rounds. Therefore, we'll take a look at some of the potential options with NFL Draft profiles courtesy of fellow Scout publisher and CBS analyst Rob Rang. 

Brandon Allen

Position: Quarterback


Height: 6'1"

Weight: 217 lbs.

When Bret Bielema took his run-heavy offense to the SEC, scouts expected Arkansas to turn into Wisconsin south with an uptick in production at running back and bigger offensive linemen. Improved play at quarterback with Allen was a welcomed surprise.

Allen completed just 49.6 percent of his passes and threw a relatively pedestrian 13 touchdowns (against 10 interceptions) when he first emerged as a starter in 2013 but he showed steady progress as a junior (56% completion rate with 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions) and emerged as arguably the most consistent quarterback in the SEC as a senior, leading the power conference in passer rating (166.48), yards per attempt (9.3), and passing touchdowns against Southeastern Conference opponents (21). Overall, Allen completed 65.9% of his passes and tossed 30 touchdowns against just eight interceptions - the second highest total in school history and setting a new school mark for the most scoring passes over a career with 64.

While scouts will appreciate the steady development Allen showed over his career, he lacks the preferred size to earn high marks. A streaky week at the Senior Bowl further raised concerns that his gaudy production was perhaps inflated by the talent and scheme at Arkansas.

STRENGTHS: Lacks the preferred height but sports a compact and reasonably athletic frame, overall. Has shown steady improvement throughout his career and isn't just a check down machine, possessing enough arm strength and accuracy to make NFL throws. Has a snappy, over-the-top release and generates good velocity on his throws, including the drive to complete passes to the opposite sideline. Throws a catchable ball with generally tight spirals, usually hitting his receivers in stride and allowing them to generate yardage after the catch. Can drop the ball in the bucket on touch throws, showing the ability to place throws down the seam over linebackers and under safeties. At least adequate athleticism for bootlegs and rollouts and can extend the play when pressured showing some spatial awareness and elusiveness as a scrambler when forced to leave the pocket. Voted a team captain and possesses the leadership characteristics scouts expect at quarterback. Started the final 34 games of his career. Showed a willingness to take chances at the Senior Bowl, showing the competitiveness to potentially respond to the jump in competition he'll see in the NFL.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal size, including with his hands, which were measured at just 8 1/2" at the Senior Bowl -- a half inch smaller than what many NFL clubs consider to be the minimum for the position. Protected by the talent and scheme at Arkansas, which featured the biggest offensive line in all of football (including the NFL) and often allowed him to make relatively easy pre-snap reads to locate single coverage. Despite starting three for three seasons, doesn't throw with great anticipation, typically staring down his primary receiver and waiting for him to get open. Isn't a true scrambler and lacks the speed to threaten NFL defenses with his legs. Took chances at the Senior Bowl but paid for it, at times, throwing some regrettable interceptions throughout the week of practice.

IN OUR VIEWLast summer, scouts viewed Allen as a camp arm and longshot to be drafted, but with his productive senior year, he will receive draftable grades from some teams as he has shown the necessary skills to develop into a backup at the next level.

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Cardale Jones

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