Washington Redskins: Latest mock has team selecting QB Josh Allen
By Ian Cummings
It’s officially mock draft season, and the latest high-profile mock draft has the Washington Redskins selecting another quarterback with the No. 13 pick.
In his first mock of the season, Mel Kiper pegged Baker Mayfield, quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners, as the Washington Redskins’ first round pick.
Recently, Bucky Brooks, draft analyst for NFL.com, went a different route in his first mock, selecting Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at that spot instead. He provided a description for the selection, saying that “Colt McCoy [will serve] as the team’s bridge quarterback until the young gunslinger is ready to assume the QB1 role”.
It’s a fair pick, and a rather exciting one. Allen has unparalleled arm talent, and if he can realize his full potential at the next level, we could be looking at a top-tier quarterback for the next decade.
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However, that’s easier said than done. Allen never displayed consistent accuracy at the collegiate level, and even in Senior Bowl practices this week, he has been very spotty. His best moments leave scouts beaming in awe, and his worst ones leave those same scouts running for the bathroom to wash their eyes out.
No matter how low Allen’s lowest moments on the field are, however, he’s a prospect with tantalizing potential, and he has the smarts and the intangibles to improve his game. But his success at the next level is very far from a guarantee.
By drafting Allen, the Washington Redskins would theoretically find their quarterback of the future. Jay Gruden and Kevin O’Connell are far from the worst teachers in the world, but nonetheless, it would take time for Allen to become accustomed to the professional level, and more likely than not, Colt McCoy would start for some time before Allen sees the field.
If drafted by Washington, Allen would also be reunited with his former center at Wyoming, Chase Roullier. Roullier was a sixth round pick for the Washington Redskins last year, and he promptly usurped Spencer Long as the starting center after injuries took hold of the line. Roullier has already garnered confidence as the starting center moving forward. Allen would have immediate chemistry with Roullier, were he to come to D.C.
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The selection of Allen would be an interesting one. He has potential, but would the Washington Redskins be willing to miss out on immediate starters for a project quarterback? Would you be? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and don’t miss the Senior Bowl on Saturday! Josh Allen will be playing in that game, against some of the best the NCAA has to offer.