As the New York Jets prepare for the 2018 NFL Draft, they’d be wise to stay far away from quarterback Josh Allen out of Wyoming.
When it comes to the New York Jets and what has become a common theme every offseason, they still have one big question mark when it comes to their quarterback situation. The most important position on the team should hopefully dramatically change heading into next season after the Jets are done in free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft.
One thing is for certain, however. The Big 4 at quarterback has made this year’s draft class feature some of the best of the positional group but make no mistake about it, each player has their own pros and cons. In the grand scheme of things out of the Big 4, Josh Allen is on the outside looking in.
Don’t let the 2018 NFL Combine fool you, despite showing off his arm strength to those in attendance and watching at home, Allen is basically Christian Hackenberg 2.0. Just a few years ago, the Jets drafted Hackenberg who eerily has the same story as Allen. He was considered a quarterback who needed further development towards becoming starting material and has major accuracy issues.
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That’s the biggest knock on Allen throughout his collegiate career at Wyoming. Only completing 56.2 percent of his passes is alarming as chances are, Allen will more than likely still be on the board when the Jets are on the clock with the No. 6 overall pick.
The Jets should have learned a huge lesson by reaching to draft Hackenberg in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft when scouts, fans, and other teams knew that if you’re not accurate in college, you won’t magically turn into an accurate passer when you hit the NFL.
Allen needs some coaching and training when it comes to the mental aspect of his game as well. His decision-making skills leave much to be desired that it’s hard to believe he’ll be a capable starter come Week 1 next season. Allen will more than likely need a year or two of development to hone his craft with hopes of one day being able to put everything together and deliver winning results.
Do the Jets want to go down this same road yet again for the millionth time when it comes to their quarterback situation? It’s time they have a new quarterback that is ready to go next season and stop starting aging veterans or a player that will require a few years to get ready. Allen is far from being ready to lead a pro-style offense in the NFL and the Jets should stay away from yet another developmental quarterback this time around.