2018 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper, Jr. Has Josh Allen No. 1 Overall
ESPN really likes Josh Allen
Could Josh Allen go number one overall?
Mock Draft season is in full effect and Wyoming’s Josh Allen has been and will continue to be a hot prospect. A lot see Allen as having a huge ceiling and hope that by playing around better talent will help him be the quarterback some think he can be.
It seems a lock that Allen will be a first round pick, but ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. has Allen going as the top overall pick to the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland has to take a quarterback. Has to. And a winless season means the Browns can pick whichever one they want. My evaluations on this quarterback class are really close. I’ve gone back and forth a few times on Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold and Allen, but I just moved Allen up to my No. 1 quarterback.
His numbers aren’t impressive, I know. But the NFL is all about projection, and he has a high ceiling. Coaches want to work with the 6-foot-5 Allen because he has all of the tools. I said last month that he is one of my favorite prospects in this class. The other top quarterbacks have warts, and there is no slam-dunk No. 1 prospect, which makes it a fun class. Scouts are looking forward to seeing Allen at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, next week, where he will work out with much better talent.
Kiper is right that Allen’s numbers were not great with just a 56 percent completion rate the past two years and in 2016 had 28 touchdowns to 15 picks and in two fewer games in 2017 had just 16 touchdowns to six picks.
Allen is the first of four quarterbacks taken in this mock with UCLA’s Josh Rosen taken next at No. 2 overall to the New York Giants. UP next is is USC’s Sam Darnold with the fifth pick going to the Denver Broncos)and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is the final first round quarterback going No. 13 overall to the Washington Redskins.