Sam Darnold defends his decision to pass on passing at NFL Combine

In addition, Allen displayed improved footwork and mechanics on his throws, which led to better accuracy and ball placement.

So Allen's appearance at the National Football League scouting combine Friday afternoon - when he was peppered with questions inside the Indiana Convention Center about everything from his footwork to his childhood chores on his family's portion of a 2,000-acre farm - provided a stark reminder of how swift his rise to such a scrutinized stage has been.

Neither does center Scott Quessenberry, who labeled as unfair the negative rap of Rosen "because of the type of guy that he is and the type of stand-up human being that he is, and the type of pro that he's going to be". Yet, somehow, with a stellar 1-31 record under his belt, Browns head coach Hue Jackson is still around and trying to turn the franchise around.

"Well, we played Colorado, Washington and Virginia Tech and we beat the crap out of all of them in the postseason". "We've become really good friends". If you want to say anything, I've got three years of tape you can watch.

Naturally, the Browns questioned him about that pesky 56.2 completion percentage - the big red flag on the Wyoming product's resume. Although Kirk Cousins is the top target in free agency, one of the quarterbacks from the Big Seven is also an option.

It is clear now that Allen really does have the strongest arm at the Combine, as he may top 70 miles per hour on some of his throws.

"That was insane, " he said. It was a really cool feel. They had some fans inside the stadium this year and I'm happy that they were able to get out here and kind of see the talent that's going to be entering this NFL Draft. "I'm here now, I'm at the combine, I'm happy to be here, I just have to show off my ability".

Dissly ran a 4.87-second 40-yard dash, which ranked as the 12th-best time among tight ends.

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Those totals are similar but slightly lower than last season, where he scored 23 goals and 15 assists for 38 points in 67 games. Nash is the Blue Jackets' all-time leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547).

USC's Sam Darnold, who - for the time being - is tipped as the likeliest to be selected first by Cleveland, bowed out of the race after electing not to throw, leaving the door agape for others to claim the spotlight.

Allen stood out on Saturday; in the words of NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who broadcast the entire workout live, Allen "put on a show". It was not only the deep balls where Allen felt comfortable, but he was consistently hitting targets in the short and intermediate areas as well.

"If they ask me to compete for the starting job I'm gonna compete my butt off". If you can get into 1, 2, 3 and 4 [reads], you're giving yourself 150, 160 - twice as many opportunities to get the ball down the field. It had been a few days. "It's not cocky, it's just confident". Anything I can do to make the team better, I'm going to do.

"I was begging teams for a scholarship", Allen said.

"We all work our butt off", Rosen told reporters. But he's going to have to get grown men to buy into him as their leader. But I go into these meetings and I'm just myself. And they said so with conviction. I'm going to plan that here pretty soon.

Allen was easily the star of the morning session as Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold opted not to participate. His impressive long ball came on the seventh of 10 passing drills the quarterbacks went through. "Our quarterback coach Jordan Palmer had us doing the right things".

Mark Andrews, Oklahoma: Mayock "loved" the 4.67 40 that Andrews ran at 256 pounds. "However, that kid ought to want to get up before or after (UCLA's Josh) Rosen, (Louisville's) Lamar Jackson, all these guys, and say, 'I'm just as good, ' or, 'I'm better, let's go, let's rip it'".

  • Lawrence Cooper