As the New York Jets prepare for the biggest decision heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen wouldn’t be worth selecting.
When it comes to the offense of the New York Jets heading into next season, it’ll be another variation of the West Coast offense. Last year, former offensive coordinator John Morton did a decent job installing it but it wasn’t as balanced as it could be with the ground game. It was one of the reasons why the Jets decided to part ways with Morton and internally promote quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates to the position.
Ideally, Bates will do more to balance the Jets offensive playbook but still keep the foundation of the West Coast offense going. It’s all about accuracy and being able to make smart decisions on the gridiron when it comes to the quarterback in this offensive system. Due to this, it simply wouldn’t make any sense for the Jets to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Allen wouldn’t be a good scheme fit since he has major accuracy issues, makes erratic decisions against competitive defenses, and is still considered a project quarterback. Yes, he probably has the biggest arm out of the Big 4 of quarterbacks in this year’s class but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be a successful quarterback.
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If it’s one thing you can’t fix for a quarterback entering the pros is accuracy. Either you have it or you don’t as it’s as simple as that. If it’s anything the Jets learned tremendously on that key statistic is when they overreached for Christian Hackenberg in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He also had a plethora of issues with accuracy and was dubbed by many analysts and draft gurus as a “developmental” quarterback.
The football world will never know how bad he is outside of the leadership regime of the Jets but let’s just say he’s probably a terrible quarterback. One so bad he couldn’t even get a single snap during a regular season game with Josh McCown out for the year and Bryce Petty playing abysmally last season.
Allen’s accuracy issues and the fact that he’s more of a deep passing quarterback isn’t a good fit for the kind of offense the Jets plan to launch next season. It’s all about having a quarterback that can hit those short and medium passes in stride without missing a beat. Any other quarterback out of the Big 4 would make sense for the Jets except for Allen.
Hopefully, general manager Mike Maccagnan gets it right and when he makes his final decision with the No. 3 overall pick, it won’t be used on Allen. Otherwise, it would be considered another ridiculous decision that adds more to the “same old Jets” mantra that has plagued the franchise for years now.