Lamar Jackson might be the biggest wildcard in terms of skillset, but Josh Allen is the biggest wildcard in the quarterback class overall. A player who received absolutely no interest out of high school, he moved from community college to Wyoming, took a medical redshirt, then played a good and then mediocre season for Wyoming. The physical tools are there, with his massive hands, huge stature and rocket arm. But he has by far the most outstanding questions with low accuracy and poor decision making against inferior talent chief among them. With so many teams starved for a quarterback, Allen will be taken early in the draft, but he is the ultimate boom bust choice at the position.
All the physical tools you would want from your prototypical franchise pocket passer. Huge frame to take on defenders. Strong base to escape tackles and step into throws in traffic. Elite arm talent and some of the best arm strength of any prospect ever. Good athlete with above average mobility. Quick release of the ball and throws well on the run. Can make every throw on the field, put the ball where others can't, and has a pretty deep ball. College offense put him under center and had some complicated reads. Had good Senior Bowl and Combine which are boosting his value.
Arm accuracy is extremely inconsistent. Highest college completion percentage was 56%. Relies on his arm strength too much and it gets him into trouble. Decision making is poor, tries to do too much too often. Ball security is an issue. Hasn't shown the ability to throw with finesse. Footwork is inconsistent and he breaks from the pocket without pressure too often.
This is a total crap shoot, especially before the draft. Few quarterbacks have the physical gifts that Josh Allen possesses. If you were to craft the perfect pocket passer, he would look like Allen. But there are so many fundamental flaws in his game, it's hard to get passed them. That's the reason he has a lower grade. Now, you all will have the luxury that this current preview doesn't have, which is Allen's final destination. It's not popular anymore, especially for poor teams, but Allen will need time to sit and develop. There is a lot of coaching needed from now until he steps on the field. If he lands in a stable environment with a good coaching staff, I could see this being a good stash pick. But on his current skills alone, I am a stay away.
Somewhere between Ben Roethlisberger and Kyle Boller…
Missed most of 2015 season with a broken clavicle
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