Well this morning I got some unfortunate news regarding the Browns choice of Quarterback.
Oh boy! A guy who knows a guy says the Browns are going to pick Josh Allen and Saquon Barkley in round one of the 2018 NFL draft. I guess I am not surprised rumors of this nature are spreading like wildfire. With there being 4-5 Quarterback Options, and the Browns picking 1st overall it was bound to happen. While I don’t love this news, because I hate the player, I am not too surprised to be hearing it. From now until draft day I am sure there will be a tweet, story, or media clip that has the Browns leaning on picking the Browns with each of the top 5 QB’s (Mayfield, Rosen, Darnold, Allen, Jackson).
Honestly, I do not even really care who they pick. After years and years of trading down, settling for the 4th or 5th guy, or picking project guys in the middle rounds, I just want them to identify a guy and pick him #1 overall. If that is Josh Allen then so be it. I do not love the player overall, but he does have positive qualities.
Obviously, you have the large frame and a rocket arm. Those things make any fan, coach, and wide receiver droll. The problem is, he has issues with his feet within the pocket, and he has horrid accuracy. At the 2:27 mark of the video Allen misses his a wide receiver deep down the field in single coverage. Josh slings it so far he couldn’t put it within 5 yards of his target. With his arm he should be throwing guys open, especially when they are in single coverage. Good example of positive footwork however. Allen avoided pressure in the pocket, and stepped up to give himself more time to hurl it. Not good, but not great.
The throw at the 2:31 mark is more alarming. Allen couldn’t hit his Wideout on a simple swing pass. Not only was his ball inaccurate, but he threw the poor kid right into the Linebacker. Put that ball on his back shoulder, the Receiver should be able make that linebacker miss for a big gain, or at the very least a first down.
1:36 Mark, Allen has two receivers bunched to his right, the outside receiver on the hash mark runs a 5 yard out. The receiver has the corner beat, but Allen throws a jump pass off his back foot. The ball was picked off easily by the Iowa Corner. You’d think a guy who can supposedly throw the ball 90 yards from his knee’s would try setting his feet? If he sets his feet, squares the shoulder, and fires the fucking thing his receiver probably has a catch there. Sometimes with this kid, it looks like he has absolutely no clue with his feet sometimes, and sometimes he looks like a tap dancer moving throughout the pocket. The first throw I highlighted is an example of Allen using his feet to buy time within the pocket, stepping up, and hurling it deep. Problem was he overthrew his receiver. Still, it was a good example of his footwork looking good.
The great part of being a Browns fan is, I can talk myself into ANY QB at ANY time. Problem is, I can talk myself out of them as well. None of the Quarterbacks this year are slam dunks, but Allen has the most questions. That scares me. The good news is Baker Mayfield has his visit in Cleveland today, and would bet that there will be a report of Baker Mayfield being the leading QB in the Clubhouse by my morning shit. While I don’t take this report 100% seriously, it was written by as credible source as they come (MMQB/Peter King). Josh Allen will get a serious look from Dorsey and Co. It’s a matter of whether or not he can pass Darnold and Mayfield. We’ll see where that rocket arm takes him.