The Denver Broncos still need a starting quarterback, and ESPN’s Todd McShay believes they will address that issue in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
McShay released his first mock for the 2018 draft, and has the Broncos selecting Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.
Prior to the start of the 2017 college football season, the projected top three quarterbacks were Allen, Southern California’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. However, of those three Allen’s 2017 season has been the most disappointing.
He completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,658 yards, 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. That’s down from 3,203 yards 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2016.
Allen has missed Wyoming’s last two games with an ac joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. However, his numbers were already trending in the wrong direction.
His regression this year can also be attributed to Wyoming losing all of their top skill position players to the NFL, but then the argument can be made that he was being carried by an extremely talented team playing in the Mountain West Conference.
McShay has Darnold going No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns, and Rosen going No. 2 to the New York Giants.
Allen is clearly a physical specimen at 6-feet-4, 2oo-plus pounds with a big arm. However, the Broncos don’t need another Paxton Lynch, they a need player who they can feel comfortable taking over their offense from day 1.