Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen, or Big Ben 2.0?
By Randy Gurzi
Wyoming offensive assistant and former college teammate of Ben Roethlisberger says potential Cleveland Browns draft pick Josh Allen is a lot like Big Ben
Someone who has spent time with both Wyoming quarterback — and potential Cleveland Browns draft pick — Josh Allen and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sees a lot of similarities between the two.
During Big Ben’s freshman season with Miami (OH) he sat and watched Mike Bath, who was a fifth-year senior and the team’s starting quarterback. Despite being ahead of him at that time, Bath was in awe of of Roethlisberger’s raw-talent and hasn’t forgotten about it.
Now all these years later Bath is reminiscing about the days of watching Big Ben’s physical prowess. What’s sparked those memories, according to Bath, is watching Allen play. While coaching tight ends and fullbacks for Wyoming, Bath has seen enough in Allen to believe he can have similar success at the next level.
"“He’s got the same competitive nature that Ben has which has served Ben extremely well in his career,” said Bath, who coaches tight ends and fullbacks. “But he’s got some of those field characteristics and football characteristics as Ben like the ability to throw on the run, and make a play with his feet at an extremely high level.” — Bath said via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com"
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It’s not hard to see why someone would draw those comparisons. The first factor is surely the size. Allen is listed at 6-foot-5 and nearly 240-pounds, similar to the size Roethlisberger was when he entered the NFL.
Outside the size, Allen also has similar mobility to what Big Ben had early in his career. What’s probably most similar though is the way they can both throw the ball on the run .
The debate will continue to rage on about whether or not the Browns will in fact take Allen with the No. 1 overall pick. Many prefer Sam Darnold and there’s even still some cries for Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen.
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It seems like the only certainty is that everyone wants a quarterback. At least if it ends up being Allen, people that know the game seem to be pretty high on his talents. The question will be if he can maximize that talent.