Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen really stepped up in 2015. After passing for 2285 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2014 Allen exploded last year for 3440 yards and 30 TDs in his senior season in Fayetteville. Now he is on his way to the Senior Bowl later this month in Mobile and will look to improve his draft stock heading into the 2016 NFL Draft in April.
Dak Prescott came into the 2015 season as the best QB in the SEC and he lived up to the hype with a monster year. Allen wasn’t really considered one of the premier quarterbacks due to the Hogs potent running game. Coming into the year it was thought that Alex Collins would pound the rock and Allen would be a game manager for most of the year. Collins did a have a great season but Allen emerged as the leader of the team and took over when the game was on the line.
When Arkansas played Ole Miss on the road in November Allen put the team on his back and threw a school record six touchdown passes in one of the most exciting games of the year. At the end of the day the Razorbacks QB passed for 442 yards with six TDs leading the Hogs to a huge upset on the road. Two weeks later when Mississippi State came to town Allen threw for 406 yards and broke his own record with seven touchdowns in a losing effort in another thriller. The Bulldogs won 51-50 in a barnburner.
Allen is thought to be a good prospect at QB in the NFL but this year there are so many QBs coming out he has been lost in the shuffle. Guys like Jared Goff, Christian Hackenburg, Connor Cook, Carson Wentz, and Paxton Lynch are in the top tier while Allen is stuck in the middle of the pack with guys like Dak Prescott, Cardale Jones, Brandon Doughty Jake Coker, and Cody Kessler. The Razorbacks QB will have to really shine in the Senior Bowl and Arkansas’ Pro Day in order to improve his draft stock.
It’s likely that if Allen is drafted it will be late in the draft on day three and could wind up being picked up as an undrafted free agent. Should he not be selected in the draft Allen would be able to pick his spot and sign with a team that is thin at the QB position in order to have the best chance at making a roster.
Luckily for Allen a lot of teams aren’t set at back-up QB and he might be able to make a roster next summer. Team like the Rams, Cowboys, and the Jaguars are in the market for a back-up quarterback. The Jags and Cowboys coaches will actually be coaching the Senior Bowl and will probably be watching all the QBs there closely to find one. If Allen can shine and get their attention he might get an opportunity in Dallas or Jacksonville.
All of this is speculation since there is so much time before the actual draft in April. Allen has the tools and he will be given an opportunity to make a roster it’s just a question of which team will it be.