The 2018 NFL Draft is already being built as the year of the quarterback. Wyoming’s Josh Allen is one of the several passers considered first-round worthy in the initial wave of player evaluations, including that of NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah.
Allen, who Jeremiah says has Joe Flacco-like arm talent and is more athletic than Carson Wentz, would have challenged for the first round of the 2017 draft had he elected to turn pro. Instead, he’ll use the 2017 college football season to refine his game, one that according to Jeremiah possesses more upside than Kansas City Chiefs first-rounder Patrick Mahomes.
“College football is loaded with talented signal-callers, but Allen has the highest ceiling of the entire group. I struggle to come up with a good player comparison for him. He’s way ahead of Chiefs first-round pick Patrick Mahomes from a development standpoint and I think he has a much higher upside,” Jeremiah wrote. “I think he’s a more athletic version of Flacco. At this point in time, he’s more comfortable on drive throws than touch throws. If he can develop his touch and play more efficiently, he will establish himself as the top quarterback in college football.”
Any time a player is compared to a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, you have to take notice. With Allen, his arm talent is obvious. In fact, he may have the most naturally gifted arm of any prospect in recent memory. Yes, he has to become more consistent with ball placement in 2017, but the ease with which he throws the pigskin is bordering on rare.
Allen has prototype size at 6-foot-5 and 233 pounds. He’s a really good athlete who can make plays with his legs. And then there’s that arm; that ridiculously talented arm.
In 2016, Allen completed 56-percent of his passes — not good at all — for 3,203 yards, 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His numbers have to match his traits in 2017 or his draft stock will plummet.