Josh Allen dropped back at the NFL scouting combine on Saturday and effortlessly fired a ball down the field, hitting a receiver 70 yards away. His personal trainer said last week Allen can even throw it farther - 90 yards on a fly, if he tried.
That's the amazing arm strength that have had NFL scouts raving about the Wyoming quarterback for months, if not more. And that's why some think he should be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
"I thought Josh Allen put on a show, and I knew he would," said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. "He's got as live an arm as anybody I've seen since JaMarcus Russell."
OK, that may not be the best comparison, since Russell is one of the NFL draft's all-time biggest busts. But 11 years ago he rocketed to the top of the draft thanks to one of the biggest arms scouts had ever seen.
At least until now.
Add in his size (6-5, 233), his calm, professional demeanor, his willingness to sit back and learn, and it's easy to see why Allen is enticing. And he might still go to the Cleveland Browns at No. 1, or perhaps the Giants at No. 2. But there are still many in the NFL that seem wary that Allen is too much of a risk or a project to be taken that high.
The potential for a team like the Giants or the Jets at No. 6 is enormous. But he also comes with an enormous risk.
For starters, Allen was a pretty inaccurate quarterback in college - completing just 56.2 percent of his passes throughout his career. And he's coming off a terrible season at Wyoming (1,812 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions in 11 games) playing in a conference (the Mountain West) where a top NFL prospect figured to be dominant.
Scouts argue that he played on a terrible team, that he willed them to every win they got. But he was also playing against less-than-NFL competition, where others argue he should've stood out.
"You see a lot of smaller-school guys go on to the NFL and have success," Allen said at the combine last week. "Carson Wentz (North Dakota State), Derek Carr (Fresno State), for example. Carson would've been the MVP this past season had he not gotten hurt. The transition from Year 1 to Year 2 was exceptional for him."
And that's another thing about Allen - he's still in the beginning stages of the transition to big-time, competitive football. Four years ago he was at Reedley College, a junior college in California, and he was "begging teams to get me a scholarship." And even after a mass email to coaches and coordinators around the country, only Wyoming offered.
He only started two seasons there so there's plenty of room to grow, which is good. Of course, with such a small sample size there's very little for NFL talent evaluators to go on when they're trying to judge his potential.
That leaves them mostly with his raw talent - which, as he showed on Saturday, is off the charts.
"I thought Allen showed off a little bit (Saturday)," Mayock said. "He had a tighter delivery. A lot of the tall, lean guys struggle with that. He's working with (QB coach) Jordan Palmer, so he's tightened some things up. I thought his footwork was better. And he showed off today, which I thought was good. I wanted to see a little bit of that out of him."
So did the scouts, especially the ones who seem to be desperately trying to convince their bosses that Allen is worth the risk, that the payoff from taking him could be far bigger than Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield or any other quarterback in the draft.
Allen definitely believes that's the case with him.
"Yeah, absolutely," he said. "I don't mean to say that in a cocky way, but I think every quarterback should think that. If you're not thinking that you're the best quarterback in this draft, you probably shouldn't be here. If you don't have the mindset that you're the best quarterback in this draft, you're not going to fare well in this league."
The question, though, is whether enough people can be convinced that he is the best quarterback - and then which of the top teams is willing take him, despite the risk.
"I think that there's kind of a misconception with the whole thing," Allen said. "Sometimes the best quarterbacks aren't the guys that are taken No. 1."