Top 5 players the Browns should watch at the Senior Bowl

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Without a doubt, the No. 1 player that the Cleveland Browns front office should be watching in the Reese’s Senior Bowl is Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen.

For those of you that have not watched Allen at all this season, here is a list of his qualities, tell me if this sounds familiar:

Allen is 6-foot-5 and 233 pounds, solidly built with a rocket arm, can make every throw in the book, he’s not a statue but he’s willing to take hits, has a lightning fast release, and he can move around in and out of the pocket.

Where have we heard that before? The prototypical quarterback by National Football League standards.

Looking at him strictly from a physical perspective, it almost feels like the football gods went to the lab, and created Allen as the golden rule for what a quarterback should look like. However, when the football gods went to construct Allen’s football brain, something went haywire.

Allen’s decision making? Something is just a bit off in that department. Ball security? Not great either. Awareness in the pocket? Clutch ability as an athlete? Questionable, at best.

But maybe, just maybe, there is a glimmer of hope. Despite all this, many scouts are still high on Allen and what he can bring to the table. Perhaps all of the interceptions he throws are due to his bad supporting cast. Perhaps an NFL coach could rip all these negatives out of him.

In that case, Allen has the most to prove, and maybe the most to both gain and lose at this year’s Senior Bowl. He will, without question, have the strongest arm at the event. What matters now though, is if he can perform just as strongly as he throws.

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What if he performs well, and shows that all the mistakes were the fault of his teammates? Maybe he is the first to have his name called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this April.

But what if his performance is not up to NFL expectations? Maybe he slips down draft boards everywhere. And that, my friends, is a very slippery slope to slide down.

The 2018 Senior Bowl will take place on Jan. 27 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. and be televised by the NFL Network.