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Josh Allen shows off big arm at NFL Combine


INDIANAPOLIS —** Josh Allen spent his Saturday morning showing off.

Allen, the big-armed quarterback from Wyoming, shined during on-field workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium, so much so at least one of his throws drew an audible gasp from those in attendance.

Although that development might not come as a surprise — Allen's draft stock is largely based on uncanny arm talent — it'll only help Allen's polarizing case as the top signal-caller at the league's annual scouting combine.

Allen (6-foot-5, 220-pounds) is among several quarterbacks the Browns could select with the first overall pick this spring. He's been linked to that spot in at least one mock draft.

"It's every kid's dream to be drafted No. 1. I think Cleveland's got things going in the right direction, they've got all the pieces, a lot of draft picks early on, a lot of cap space to go get guys in free agency," he said Friday when asked about the prospect of being drafted by the Browns.

"So I definitely think that it's a good spot to be in if you're fortunate enough to be taken by them, whether it be at 1 or 4. I definitely would embrace that opportunity to be the No. 1 overall pick, obviously every quarterback would love to be that. It's no different for me."

Described by analyst Lance Zierlein as the draft's "biggest boom or bust prospect," Allen has size and arm strength that will certainly intrigue teams picking high in the draft but his inconsistency — he completed just 56 percent of his passes in two seasons at Wyoming — could give other clubs pause.

Allen on Friday said he hoped his on-field performance would help answer some of those criticisms.

"Hopefully that kind of eliminates some of the questions, but without live bullets and live action coming at you, we're not going to find that out until gametime situations, whether that be in minicamp or any of those events leading up to the season," Allen said.

"But I'm extremely confident in myself and we're working on it and there's no doubt in my mind that we'll figure it out."​

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