First Round: Josh Allen: QB: Wyoming
While many Jets fans will want New York to trade up for Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold, the Jets don’t have the draft capital to move into the top two picks. However, the Jets have focused their attention on another signal caller and according to reports have heavily scouted Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
Allen is recovering from a shoulder but plans on playing in Wyoming’s upcoming bowl game. 2017 was a disappointing season for Allen who not only missed the last few games with the shoulder injury, only threw 13 touchdowns and for over 1,600 yards in ten games. Despite the poor 2017 campaign, Allen has thrown for 41 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and over 4,900 yards in his collegiate career. Allen has great athleticism at 6’5 and 233 pounds rushing for 700 yards and 13 touchdowns in his three-year college career.
Allen has an incredibly high ceiling and has been compared to Carson Wentz not only for similar size and attributes but because they both have played for the same head coach in college. That’s a huge advantage that Allen has is that he is one of the few quarterbacks in this draft to play in a pro style offense which should make the transition to the NFL easier.
Allen might not be a prospect that’s ready to play day one, but we’ve seen that both Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan are not afraid to sit their young quarterbacks to learn. In a perfect world Allen falls to the Jets, McCown comes back in 2018 to be his mentor, and Allen takes over late in 2018 or 2019 as the franchise quarterback the Jets and their fans have coveted for so long.