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Senior Bowl QB report: Mayfield, Allen throwing as expected

The marquee quarterbacks mostly lived up to their reputations through two days of Senior Bowl practices.

Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma looked like the most effective quarterback on the field. Big Josh Allen of Wyoming wowed observers with some amazing throws but overall put forth two inconsistent days in the accuracy department.

Allen is widely viewed as a top-10 draft pick and could go as high as No. 1. Mayfield is widely viewed as a first-round pick, maybe a high first-rounder.

A capsule look at their practice work Wednesday:

Accuracy: Allen was up-and-down on Tuesday's practice and a little better Wednesday. But he still had some glaring misses, which all scouts are looking for because of the fact he completed only 56.3 percent for his career at Wyoming.

In 11-on-11 work, he was off-target on an out, overthrew a shallow cross for New Mexico State's Jaleel Scott and threw an interception on an overthrow down the left seam. Hawaii's Trayvon Henderson picked it off. On nine throws in 11-on-11 or 7-on-7 work, five were on target or complete.

"I felt I threw a little bit better than yesterday," Allen said. "There's still some throws I would have liked back. The interception over the middle, I got just a little too much on it. That's one sticking in my head. I saw the deep safety. I tried to squeeze it in."

The miss on the crossing route also bothered Allen.

"It's the downfield throws that everybody wants to talk about," Allen said. "It's the simple ones I think I need to work on most and consistently complete."

Wow moment: Allen made the throw of the day, as well. He hit Colorado State receiver Michael Gallup on a 40-yard sideline fade route up the right side of the field with a laser pass that drew "oohs" from NFL scouts in the press box. There was tight coverage on the play, too.

"It's one on one, it's a lot of area to work with and I think you should complete most of those. I've got some dudes who can go run under the ball. It's fun to see them go make some plays."

Allen was on target on 7 of 11 passes in 1-on-1 drills pitting receivers against cornerbacks. He was on target on 10 of 13 passes in drills with no defenders in coverage.

The arm strength Allen shows on throws to the sideline on deep outs is impressive.

Allen and Mayfield both play for the North all-star team. It should be noted the North receiving corps is not as quite talented as the South corps.

"Both him and Mayfield were overwhelming the receivers a bit," said former NFL QB Jim Miller, a Sirius NFL Radio analyst. "They weren't ready for that speed on the ball. NFL receivers will be accustomed to the velocity they put on the ball."

Top dog: Mayfield showed off his quick release and shows why he completed 70.5 percent of his passes as a senior.

Mayfield was off target during the first half of Tuesday's practice but was sharp the second half. On Wednesday, he was on target on 13 of 14 passes against "air" (no defenders). He completed 5 of 11 in the 1-on-1 segment but only two of the throws could be considered off target. The receivers were having a tough time getting position on a number of the routes.

"Better than yesterday," Mayfield said after practice. "I felt like I came out and was more settled from the get-go than yesterday. It took me a little bit just mentally to go out there and play ball, which is what I'm best at. Today was a better day for me."

Mayfield went 3 for 4 in the 7 on 7 portion and all three completions were nice throws. He hit Central Michigan tight end Tyler Conklin on a tight throw on the sideline. He hit Gallup on a crossing route in a hole in the zone coverage. And he made a perfect throw to what Raiders coach Jon Gruden calls the "turkey hole," 20 yards down the sideline between the safety and corner, to Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki.

Mayfield also brought his confident demeanor to the field. He's the first player running from one station to the next. He exudes energy.

Mayfield's mom is battling an illness this week back home in Austin, Texas. He said he's still not sure if he will play in the game Saturday but he will participate in a third practice on Thursday.

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