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Wyoming QB Josh Allen, Touted As Potential No. 1 Pick, Had A Dreadful First Game

Some think Wyoming's Josh Allen, and not Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen, will be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Today didn't help his case.

The Wyoming Cowboys traveled to Iowa to open the 2018 season, and Allen had the opportunity to show what he can do against a solid Big Ten club.

It...did not go all that well.

Allen finished 23-for-40 for 174 yards—a paltry 4.3 yards per attempt—did not throw for a touchdown, and had two pretty bad interception. He also lost 10 yards on the ground. The second pick, which was to defensive lineman Brady Reiff, was particularly ugly.

Heading into the season, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller put Allen on top of his draft "big board." ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. had Allen No. 2 behind Darnold earlier this week.

It would be silly to judge Allen too harshly on one game, and the rest of his team didn't do much to help, but interested NFL teams probably would've liked to see a big performance against one of the two best teams Wyoming will face this year. The Cowboys host Oregon in a few weeks, but otherwise have all Group of Five opponents coming up.

Last season, Allen complete 56-percent of his passes, throwing for 3,203 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions, and ran for 512 yards and seven scores.