Of all the curious decisions, Kyle Allen turning pro certainly is one of them. Allen's journey through college football didn't go as expected. Allen was the top pocket passer in the country out of high school in Arizona, a consensus five-star prospect. Allen, swept up in all the Johnny Football circus, chose Texas A&M, and he started five games as a true freshman. Then as a sophomore and the incumbent, Allen was up and down before Kyler Murray, another highly touted though entirely different quarterback, started splitting time.
After 2015 Allen announced he was done with the circus in College Station (Murray did as well) and announced a transfer to Houston of all places. Houston was in the midst of Greg Ward Jr.'s run of dominance, again, a different quarterback from Allen. Allen dutifully sat out his transfer year and waited for 2017 to come around when he'd get the keys to Major Applewhite's new and improved offense.
We were skeptical about how a pocket quarterback would work in Houston's offense, then shockingly, Allen's era at Houston was shockingly short, replaced by Kyle Postma of all people.
Allen didn't see the field again, even as Houston moved to D'Eriq King at quarterback. The speculation then centered on where Allen would transfer next. He answered that question today by declaring for the NFL draft. We guess we'll see if Allen draws the interest of any NFL teams, Hue Jackson is still coaching the Browns after all.
We wish Allen the best, by all accounts he's a good guy, and certainly has talent, but his college career, what he put on tape, doesn't seem substantial enough to justify a draft pick so his best option may be to try and sign on in the right situation. Then he can do what he's done throughout in college career, sit and wait for another chance.
Allen's decision leaves Houston with precisely one scholarship quarterback on the roster, King, and zero margin for error or injury.