Todd McShay’s latest mock has Jets taking Josh Allen
ESPN’s Todd McShay just dropped his second mock draft this offseason and has the New York Jets selecting quarterback Josh Allen out of Wyoming.
It looks like the New York Jets will indeed be selecting a quarterback with their No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. At least that’s what ESPN’s Todd McShay has predicted in his second mock draft of the offseason.
In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he confirmed that McShay believes the Jets will take a big risk on Josh Allen out of Wyoming to be their future franchise quarterback. A lot of Jets fans will probably be annoyed at this particular mock draft since the general consensus on Allen is he’s pretty much this year’s Christian Hackenberg in the draft.
Basically, he’s another developmental kind of quarterback. The kind of player that has potential talent to succeed at the next level but would be a project for the coaching staff to get him prepared. When selecting such a player, it’s always a 50 percent chance they’ll either do extremely well or more than likely, be a bust.
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In the grand scheme of things, the Jets need to stop using high draft picks on players that need a few years invested in order for them to have a shot at being worth such a high evaluation. Especially, in this case, the No. 6 overall pick could be used on more sure-fire players that are Week 1 starters.
Of course, it all depends on what happens in free agency but at the end of the day, general manager Mike Maccagnan needs to ensure that this offseason, especially in the draft, he takes players that are ready to start and make some serious noise. If there is anything to learn when it comes to the most important position on the team, the Jets need to get players that are either proven starters (Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles, Case Keenum, etc.) or use the No. 6 overall pick on a quarterback with an impressive and successful resume.
In three years at Wyoming, Allen totaled 5,066 passing yards, 365 completions out of 649 attempts, 44 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions. His total completion percentage was 56.2 percent, which might not translate to an easy transition into the pros.
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Allen might have superb arm strength but tends to over or underthrow easy passes which would frustrate coaches and fans alike. Especially since more often than not, it results in an unfortunate interception. If it’s anything the Jets learned from their latest drafted quarterbacks in Bryce Petty and Hackenberg, it’s best to stay away from developmental quarterbacks since almost always, the hope that they’ll be great doesn’t go with the reality that says otherwise. If McShay’s prediction ends up being right, the Jets would be taking yet another huge risk on a quarterback that might not produce immediate results.