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The 2018 NFL Draft class is stacked with quarterback talent in Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen. So over the next few weeks, we’re going to project each of these QBs.

Josh Allen – Wyoming

Height: 6’ 5” Weight: 233 lbs. Age: 212017 Statistics1,812 yards, 56.3 percent completion rate, 21 TD (5 rushing), 6 INT.

Projection: Early-mid first-round

Potential Landing Spots: Browns, Giants, Jets, Cardinals, Bengals, Chargers

Josh Allen is this draft’s biggest boom-or-bust option at the quarterback position. He shows tremendous potential to be a premier QB in the league, with comparisons being drawn to Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Wentz. However, at a school like Wyoming, you aren’t exactly playing against the nation’s top talent.

Despite this, he had a good showing at the Senior Bowl. That’s where many expected him to perform poorly against the some of the best college players. He was able to show off his ability to make deep throws and escape the pocket when needed. As a player that could potentially go at No. 1 overall in this year’s draft, he showed scouts what they wanted to see.

Allen is able to escape the pocket extremely well when under pressure. But he’s also able to make accurate throws on the run. He’s not the quickest prospect, but his shiftiness gets him out of tight situations. The only negative to this is that he ends up holding the ball for too long if nothing develops downfield. He doesn’t yet have a great sense of when he should just give up on the play and throw the ball out of bounds. I say the word “yet” here because I feel like he is a player with the potential to develop this sense.

Allen is most comfortable playing out of the shotgun, where he doesn’t have to focus as much on moving his feet. Therefore, he can easily step up into the pocket and sling the ball. He is most accurate when throwing medium distance, about 7-15 yards downfield. He has flashed the ability to throw the deep ball, but at this point he is inconsistent. When throwing short, Allen tends to overthrow his receivers or running backs, especially when they are coming out of the backfield.

Still, Allen has one of the most powerful arms going into the draft that we have seen in years. This physical factor alone moves him up on every team’s draft board. Arm strength like his isn’t something that can be taught easily — if it can be taught at all.

Raw talent wise, Josh Allen is probably a late first-rounder to early second-rounder. But his potential and his resemblance to Ben Roethlisberger is what’s boosting his draft stock. What will determine where he is picked come draft day is where he falls on each team’s big board when compared to the other top quarterbacks in the draft. After all, this draft is full of good quarterbacks.

If the Browns take him with their No. 1 or 4 pick, I don’t think he will have a shot at being successful, no surprise there. But if he falls to a team like the Cardinals, he could be an absolute weapon with a relatively young receiving corps and David Johnson helping out of the backfield. Keep in mind, though, he had just a 56% completion rate at Wyoming. If he does not find a way to improve upon that, he will never be a franchise quarterback in the NFL.

But if he does, the NFL better look out.

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This article first appeared on The Sports Post and was syndicated with permission.

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