No prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft garnered a wider discrepancy of evaluations than Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, whom the Bills traded up to select seventh overall.
"They get the best QB in the draft," Pete Prisco of CBS Sports wrote at the time, while NFL Network's Mike Mayock called him a "project" and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders said he'd rather have Tyrod Taylor.
But all previous takes pale in comparison to Allen's write-up in the annual Football Outsiders Almanac, which comes to us via Prescott Rossi of WROC-TV in Rochester. Get your popcorn ready for this one:
"A parody of an NFL quarterback prospect, Allen was abysmal in 2017 en route to not even making an all-Mountain West team. We don't want to say there's absolutely no chance he'll ever be good – he's got a deep ball, he's got some ability to make plays on the run and under pressure – but there is zero empirical evidence to support him becoming a reasonable NFL starting quarterback. And if you thought the excuses for his supporting cast were bad in Wyoming, wait till you see this Bills offense. ... Allen is the battleground that old scouts are going to die on, whether they're right about it or, as all evidence suggests, wrong about it."
— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) July 23, 2018
Dang, I burned my fingers a little just typing that up. That's harsh. But if Allen implodes, Football Outsiders called it (and so did Pro Football Focus).
10 Bills on the hot seat entering training camp: Roster battles are one of the most entertaining parts of training camp. Which players most desperately need to be on their 'A' games when camp opens this week? Jay Skurski complied a list of 10 Bills who could be on the hot seat this summer.
My initial thought was that defensive end Shaq Lawson's seat may be the hottest, since he is a Rex Ryan holdover who has underperformed his draft slot and now has competition from Trent Murphy. But after reading the post, I could be talked into changing my vote to defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, who is in a similar position as Lawson but had two players, Star Lotulelei and Harrison Phillips, brought in at his position.
Worried that Allen hasn't signed yet? With training camp just a few days away, it's a little curious that first-round pick Josh Allen hasn't signed his contract yet, but it's nothing to worry about just yet, Jay Skurski wrote. Salary for rookie contracts is based on draft slot, so the money isn't an issue, but the sides could be negotiating some of the other contract language, such as the structure of bonus payments.
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