Josh Allen is one of the riskiest players in the 2018 NFL draft

Josh Allen has a big arm. We all know this. His arm has been compared to that of JaMarcus Russell’s by a renowned NFL draft expert already, but at the combine the hype meter went off the charts.

Speaking on NFL Network, renowned sports performance coach Ryan Flaherty had this to say about the Wyoming product.

“Josh Allen has one of the most incredibly gifted arms I’ve seen in my life and I’ve been around a lot of quarterbacks,” Flaherty said (h/t Pro Football Talk). “He’ll break the record miles per hour here at the combine. He’ll go high 60s. I think the record’s 66 or something. I think he’ll go 69, 70 miles an hour. And just wait until his Pro Day. He’ll throw the ball 89 or 90 yards.”

As Michael David Smith quipped, “how much you wanna make a bet he can throw a football over them mountains?”

The hype surrounding Allen’s arm has reached plaid levels, folks. The problem here is that, while Allen does have an insanely strong arm, he’s also been insanely inaccurate during the course of his career at Wyoming, completing just 56.2 percent of his passes. Sure, the talent around him wasn’t great, but it’s hard to understand how his otherworldy talent didn’t help those around him perform at a higher level.

This past year, Allen passed for just 1,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Those numbers, along with his frightening inaccuracy when he’s not on, would give this scribe a lot of pause if he had the top pick in the draft.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.