Josh Allen will get Matt Stafford comparisons. Lamar Jackson will get Terrelle Pryor comparisons.
Allen is getting No. 1 general decide projections for the 2018 NFL Draft whereas Jackson may fall out of the primary spherical amid suggestion he ought to transfer to receiver.
Oh sure, it’s draft season.
Whereas Allen and Jackson appear to be sneakily comparable prospects, they’re getting completely totally different remedy. And it’s arduous to say if that’s on account of smoke screens, dangerous evaluation or underlying racism.
So I’ll ask: Why isn’t Allen getting tricks to check out tight finish? Assume it’s ludicrous? Properly, it’s solely barely extra ludicrous than suggesting Jackson ought to check out receiver when he’s top-of-the-line quarterbacks in a prime-heavy draft class.
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The rationale Allen doesn’t get options to maneuver to tight finish is that he’s obtained an absolute cannon arm. He can hit a objective submit from his knees. You don’t merely waste that type of expertise by placing him at tight finish. And that’s truthful. So then why would anybody (taking a look at you, Invoice Polian) recommend Jackson wants to maneuver to receiver instantly?
Why waste Jackson’s super throwing skills? He can do that:
If Polian goes to take a seat on ESPN and inform the world that Jackson wants to maneuver to receiver like Pryor — and apparently overlook Pryor’s identify and age throughout his argument — then maybe he’s lacking the chance to recommend Allen take a swing at tight finish.
Jackson and Allen each lack consistency and accuracy. They each have proven jaw-dropping expertise coupled with jaw-dropping errors. And whereas Allen underwhelmed as a rusher (and passer) in 2017, he was the staff’s second-main rusher with 523 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2016.
Say it with me: Tight finish!
I’m kidding, in fact. However the level is hopefully turning into clear.
Jackson doesn’t have Allen’s arm. He’s not 235 kilos like Allen. He’s not 6-foot-5 like Allen. And he’s not white like Allen.
However at 6-foot-three and 210 kilos, Jackson’s body isn’t rather more problematic than the slender body of Josh Rosen, who’s 6-foot-four, 218 kilos. Jackson additionally has loads of the required arm expertise (as proven above). In contrast to Allen, he’s not in the identical league as Jay Cutler, JaMarcus Russell and Kyle Boller. However Jackson can sling the ball 50 yards with a fast flick of his wrist.
Jackson had a 17-9 report over final two years of his school profession. Allen was sixteen-9 over final two years. Jackson’s profession completion proportion was fifty seven % in school. Allen’s was fifty six.2 %. In 2017, Jackson’s interception proportion was 2.three, and Allen’s was 2.2. From that standpoint, they’re fairly comparable. However right here’s the place Jackson begins to take the lead.
In 2017, Allen threw for 1,812 passing yards, sixteen touchdowns and 6 interceptions. In 2017, Jackson threw for three,660 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added 1,600 dashing yards and 18 touchdowns.
This isn’t to take something away from Allen, who’s a robust NFL prospect. That is simply to say that Jackson is almost as robust a prospect. And it will be surprising to see a suggestion that both participant ought to change positions.
Simply because there isn’t a robust NFL comparability for Jackson doesn’t imply he can’t play the quarterback place. So let’s pause the Pryor comparisons. Let’s pause all comparability. And let’s let Jackson be Jackson. Let’s see what he can do at quarterback, the place his incomes energy and endurance within the NFL could possibly be considerably higher than at receiver.
And let’s hope each Allen and Jackson full extra of their passes and discover higher accuracy within the NFL.