Wyoming QB Josh Allen was drafted seventh overall by the Buffalo Bills, who traded up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Five on Josh Allen
1. Allen might have the most upside of this rookie quarterback class. However, coming from a smaller college program, it will take some time, coaching and growth to realize it.
2. Allen has excellent size at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds. His arm strength is even more impressive. What’s not to love? His completion rate was never higher than 56 percent. That could be a problem, but a more pro-style system should be able to help there. Per NFL.com, he might try to be a hero too often, too. His history playing in poor weather sure won’t hurt his chances in Buffalo.
3. With the Bills, Allen likely enters in a competition with QBs A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman for the team’s starting duties in 2018. The high draft placement and the lack of experience/success from the others could allow Allen to have the upper-hand provided he picks up the playbook quickly.
4. Surrounding Allen, the Bills still have a way to go. Kelvin Benjamin is the team’s top option among the receivers, but after that it gets dicey. Second-year pro Zay Jones had off-the-field issues that have to play out. TE Charles Clay is talented, but he’s always battling a knee problem. On the flip side, the offensive line is OK and having RB LeSean McCoy toting the rock sure takes a lot of pressure off of the quarterback position.
5. Love him in long-term fantasy football leagues like RealitySportsOnline.com, but he’ll need to be QB3 for the next year. Redraft league players should not consider him in your fantasy football drafts. There is no guarantee he starts this year, as the Bills are thinking long-term at the position and Allen definitely has some growing pains ahead of him.