Josh Allen’s day got off to a bit of a rough start after a few of his old tweets resurfaced, but he still ended up getting selected within the first 10 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Buffalo Bills traded up to select the Wyoming quarterback with the seventh overall pick on Thursday night and made it loud and clear that they want Allen to be the next face of the franchise.
But do the Bills have the right pieces in place for their new quarterback to be successful?
Allen is very raw and will need at least a year or two (or three) to sit on the bench to learn the offense and improve his mechanics. The problem is, Buffalo doesn’t really have a legit starting quarterback option on their roster right now.
Along with Allen, the other signal callers on the Bills’ current roster are AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman. McCarron and Peterman have a combined four career starts in the NFL.
Unfortunately for Allen, he could be thrown into the fire a lot sooner due to Buffalo not having a decent quarterback ahead of him on the depth chart. This scenario would likely be an awful one for the rookie signal caller.
Allen would have the pressure of an entire franchise on his shoulders as a rookie, and his skills are not even close to being up to the level of an NFL-ready quarterback at this point in time. Having to play too soon into his career could result in his time in the league ending much earlier than he would like.
— fantasy dude (@Fantasy_Dude) April 26, 2018
It was out of Allen’s control as to where he was going to be drafted, but the Bills might have been the worst possible landing spot for him in terms of his chances to stay in the NFL for a long, long time.
Getting drafted by a team like the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, or even the Cleveland Browns would have been more favorable scenarios for the young quarterback. With one of these teams, Allen would have likely been able to sit on the sidelines for at least a year and work on fixing some of the flaws in his game.
Instead, Allen has a very legitimate chance at opening the 2018 season as Buffalo’s Week 1 starter. And that could be bad news for both Allen and the Bills.