Combine coach: Josh Allen can throw a football 90 yards, 70 mph

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Josh Allen played his college football in the Mountain West Conference, and how much you wanna make a bet he can throw a football over them mountains?

Ryan Flaherty, a sports performance coach who has worked with many of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, said on NFL Network today that Allen is unique in his arm strength. Flaherty thinks Allen can throw a football nearly 70 miles per hour, which would be the fastest ever measured at the Combine, and that Allen can throw a ball 90 yards in the air.

“Josh Allen has one of the most incredibly gifted arms I’ve seen in my life and I’ve been around a lot of quarterbacks,” Flaherty said. “He’ll break the record miles per hour here at the combine. He’ll go high 60s. I think the record’s 66 or something. I think he’ll go 69, 70 miles an hour. And just wait until his Pro Day. He’ll throw the ball 89 or 90 yards.”

No one doubted Allen’s arm strength when he was at Wyoming, but some did doubt his accuracy. That’s the big question about Allen, not whether he’s able to toss a pigskin a quarter of a mile.

74 responses to “Combine coach: Josh Allen can throw a football 90 yards, 70 mph

  1. “…and still not hit the ocean.”

    There. I finished the quote for you.

  2. Tavaris Jackson could throw it a mile but he still sucked as an NFL QB. I still remember Sidney Rice flying down the right side line wide open as Jackson threw it 20 feet over his head out of bounds.

  3. Brady is going to be jealous. The hail Mary pass in the SB lacked the necessary arch to give Gronk a chance.

  4. Interesting because Mahomes threw it 80 yards and 62 mph, I wonder how close this prediction will be. Throwing the ball far and fast does not make a great QB either so this is not a measurement of how they preform in the NFL.

  5. thudsp says:
    March 1, 2018 at 4:55 pm
    Tavaris Jackson could throw it a mile but he still sucked as an NFL QB. I still remember Sidney Rice flying down the right side line wide open as Jackson threw it 20 feet over his head out of bounds.

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    Tavaris Jackson wasn’t toooo bad. Seahawks fans booed Charlie Whitehurst off the field and an injured T-Jack finished the game.

  6. Teams should rush all 11 defenders against him, every snap. He can’t hit an uncovered wide out if he’s more than 10 yards away.

    If Josh were a catcher in baseball, he couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher… he’d try but it would end up going to the 2nd baseman, or shortstop… or over the outfield wall.

    Seriously, teams need to stay away from Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson as QB’s. Both of their completion percentages aren’t nearly good enough.

    An average arm with great accuracy tops what Josh brings to the table every time.

  7. stampnhawk says:
    But how many TDs did he get in that one game at Polk high?
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    Love that movie. Highly underrated.

  8. It’s just amazing to me that this guy is probably going in the first round. NFL coaches are full of themselves thinking they can coach guys to throw the ball accurately.

  9. Imagine some baseball pitcher throwing a 105mph fastball. Sweet…but it doesn’t mean a damn thing if he can’t throw it across the plate. I’ll take an “average arm” than has accuracy over an “above average arm” that can’t the TE in double coverage on a seam route.

  10. stampnhawk says:
    March 1, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    But how many TDs did he get in that one game at Polk high?
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    “if coach would’ve put me in 4th quarter, we’d have been state champions. no doubt, no doubt in my mind.

  11. And Jamarcus can throw a football 70 yards from his knees. How did that turn out?? And on top of that Coach Davis said “Jamarcus is a great playa. Get ovah it”. Coach Davis might have cared….

  12. I bet Doug Williams can still throw a football 90 yards, 70 mph. I was in Tampa Stadium the first time he overthrew a receiver by a country mile. The fans gave him a standing ovation because we finally had a quarterback with an arm.

  13. JaMarcus Russell could throw the ball 90yds and hit a Chinese Buffet manager, but that doesn’t mean jack in the NFL. Byron Leftwich could probably throw it 90MPH too – but it took him 10 seconds to wind up.

  14. dregonspengler says:
    March 1, 2018 at 5:20 pm
    stampnhawk says:
    But how many TDs did he get in that one game at Polk high?
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    Love that movie. Highly underrated.

    Married with children was a TV show. Al Bundy,4 TDs in a single game baybeee!

  15. How is that helpful? There is never a situation where a QB would need to throw it 90 yards. Do you think any OL could block long enough for a WR to run 90 yards to be in position to catch it?

    Give me accuracy over super strong arm every time.

  16. And Joe Miller defeated Ryan Steenberg in the golf world longest drive championship this past year.

    I’m sorry, who are Joe Miller and Ryan Steenberg you ask… Exactly

  17. Logan Thomas holds the combine record @ I believe 66MPH, but guess why he is no longer a QB & has converted to TE? Because he isn’t Accurate!!!! I think Josh Allen has that same problem, granted he is more accurate than Thomas was but still, his accuracy is a big problem and I don’t think that is going to get better at the NFL Level. He is going to get some poor GM Fired.

  18. sportsfan18 says:
    March 1, 2018 at 5:18 pm
    Teams should rush all 11 defenders against him, every snap. He can’t hit an uncovered wide out if he’s more than 10 yards away.

    If Josh were a catcher in baseball, he couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher… he’d try but it would end up going to the 2nd baseman, or shortstop… or over the outfield wall.

    Seriously, teams need to stay away from Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson as QB’s. Both of their completion percentages aren’t nearly good enough.

    An average arm with great accuracy tops what Josh brings to the table every time.
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    QB Lamar Jackson is far far more accurate than Josh Allen is. Lamar Jackson’s WR dropped a ton of his passes, his WR’s dropped 9% of his passes, far more than any other QB’s receivers did in this draft class. Jackson’s adjusted completion percentage is 73.3%, 2nd best in this draft class, his adjusted completion percentage under pressure is 66.9% which is 2nd best in the class and under pressure he has a QB passer rating of 91.6 also 2nd best in this draft class. Spare me the Jackson isnt accurate talking points, they just arent based in truth. Lamar Jackson isnt the most accurate QB in this class, but overall his accuracy is solid. With a very strong well above average arm , the ability to throw with touch/timing and anticipation paired with elite athleticism & high 4.3 low 4.4 speed this guy is going to be a dynamic player @ QB in the NFL. His biggest problem is that he needs to learn to slide and will need to run out of bouns like R. Wilson instead of taking hits in the NFL, be smart about it because he cant take hits all day at 6″3/210pds.

  19. All irrelevant. The best qb in the league has a 40 year old arm. Peyton won mvp with the arm of an eight grader. How is that big arm working for Kizer?

  20. Combine coach: Josh Allen can throw a football 90 yards, 70 mph… and he’ll hit his target slightly more than half the time.

    This guy screams Jeff George II

  21. Don’t understand why any NFL team would ever draft a QB that is anything but highly intelligent, highly accurate, and expert in reading defenses and adjusting on the fly.

    This underwear-Olympics stuff is all a waste of time.

  22. 90 yards?… 70 mph?… 56% completion percentage.

    Those numbers just mean he’s going to overthrow his receiver by 35 yards and the ball is going to whiz past them before they can come out of their break.

  23. Boy if Brady could throw 90 yards, the online would only have to block for 27 seconds while Gronkowski pushes off 4 different defenders to get to the end zone….. only to have it blocked away as he falls to his knees.

  24. as a high school catcher I too had a cannon arm a howitzer they said ! the old dude coaches would always marvel at my arm , guy attempts to steal 2nd base , I catch the pitch rise and fire the ball in a flash – a white missile .As the runner hasn’t yet neared 2nd base the centerfielder catches the ball that barely ever got more than 8 or 9 feet off the ground . If runners were attempting to steal centerfield I was headed for the majors ! I did sell lots of cars and insurance though .

  25. Not a Brown’s fan, but I really hope they don’t take this guy. Any of the other top five QB’s and they have a shot, but this guy isn’t Carson Wentz. Who cares how far and fast he throws it? 70 mph will bounce off of the hands of most WR’s – those that would attempt to catch it anyway. Imagine trying to catch that bullet in Cleveland in 20F degree weather.

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