Former New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington has recently chimed in his thoughts on who has the most upside in the Big 4 heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s Josh Allen by far in Pennington’s eyes.
Former New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington has finally spoken about who he sees as potential future franchise players for the most important position on a team. He recently chimed his thoughts on the Big 4 at quarterback heading into the 2018 NFL Draft and well, believes one player stands out from the rest.
The Big 4 consists of the top quarterbacks that have been considered the best of the best by analysts and draft gurus everywhere. Consisting of Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Sam Darnold, as this year’s draft gets closer, many fans have similar and different feelings on what each player brings to the table.
Pennington wanted to add his own opinions about what he sees in each quarterback but he only picked one that he believed had the most upside out of the bunch. In an article written by Eric Allen of NewYorkJets.com, Pennington not only broke down each of the Big 4 but believes Allen is the quarterback with the most upside. Here’s what he said:
“Josh Allen is a guy who has tremendous upside. You look at his athleticism and arm talent. This is a guy who’ll also need time to develop, but if you handle him correctly, he could certainly be a very productive professional in the future,” Pennington said. “I don’t think you need to really focus on the accuracy issue as far as completion percentage. You need to really study those throws and see what’s happening. You’re also going to say he can play in cold weather, he can play in bad weather. Playing in Wyoming, it’s going to be similar conditions to playing in New York. That’s something that’s going to be a positive that he can handle.”
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Allen has been the target of a lot of criticism due to his inaccuracy all throughout his collegiate career at Wyoming. In three years there, Allen totaled 5,066 passing yards, 365 completions, 44 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions.
He ended up with a 56.2 percent completion rate, which many believe he could fix with the right coaching and training on a team willing to develop him over the next year or two. In the grand scheme of things, each quarterback in the Big 4 all have their pros and cons but one big thing about Allen, like Pennington said, is his big arm.
He truly has a cannon for an arm and besides his accuracy issues, has all the makings teams want in a future franchise quarterback. If they’re willing to be patient in his development, he can turn into a future household name by the time he hits his second or third season in the pros.
Finally, Pennington also made a great point that he’s played in severe and harsh cold weather football games which bode well for teams that also play in such conditions. All in all, only time will tell what team believes Allen can be the complete package for them. While accuracy is an issue, Pennington knows a lot about quarterbacks and sees a bright future for Allen regardless what the majority have been saying all offseason long.