Quarterbacks are always a premium in the NFL. Teams have repeatedly shown a willingness to reach way earlier in the draft to gamble on a quarterback.
With that in mind, it’s no wonder why Josh Allen is still being considered an early first-round pick by some top analysts.
Coming into the season, experts were drooling over Allen’s raw tools and potential. 2017 was supposed to breakout year for him, and likely his last in the FBS. But struggles against tougher opponents have led many to wonder if he’s ready to make the jump to the professional ranks, or if returning o school for another year is the way to go.
Todd McShay and Mel Kiper both see Allen being taken in the top 15 of the 2018 NFL draft.
They debated various quarterback prospects in this article, but both agree that Allen will go early in the draft.
Kiper: Let’s start with what Allen does have. At 6-foot-5, 233 pounds, he has great size. He has a great arm — I think he and Rosen have the best pure arms in this class. What he doesn’t have is much talent around him. The Wyoming offense lost 47 touchdowns from last season’s team, along with its center. That’s tough to overcome. I think his numbers will be much better in an NFL offense with NFL players around him.
McShay: I hate to keep agreeing with Mel, but Allen will be better as a pro. I think he has the best arm in this class. He can make strong throws from any platform. That has gotten him into trouble at times; he has some bad turnovers and pedestrian overall numbers.
Allen doesn’t play for a powerhouse offense and it’s easy for his abilities to get lost in the shuffle at Wyoming. An injury would probably be the only thing that would force him to return to college for another season, otherwise he has nothing left to prove at Wyoming.
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