ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. predicts Josh Allen NFL's No. 1 pick

Erica Murray
January 19, 2018

No one outside of the Gem State knew much about Leighton Vander Esch three months ago, and in the coming three, you can bet the former Boise State linebackers name will be on plenty of National Football League fans radars.

Though the NFL Draft is still months away, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has his first mock draft up and it suggests the top of the board will be a scramble for quarterbacks. It's probably not the quarterback you'd think of after the first quarterback that comes to mind, either. It's a controversial prediction.

However, the idea that this year's class is heavy on talented quarterbacks rings true - Kiper's top two picks are quarterbacks, with three QBs in the top five, and four overall in the first round.

In his two seasons as Wyoming's starting quarterback, Allen accounted for 5,833 yards of total offense and was responsible for 57 total touchdowns.

I have mentioned Allen's stats for a while and his career 56 percent completion percentage and some point to his surrounding cast, as does Kiper.

The Patriots seem more likely than not to draft a potential quarterback of the future in this year's draft. And Kiper believes Allen has it.

Currently, Kiper has Wyoming's Josh Allen going No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns, UCLA's Josh Rosen going No. 2 to the New York Giants, USC's Sam Darnold going No. 5 to the Denver Broncos, and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield going No. 13 to the Washington Redskins. The other top quarterbacks have warts, and there is no slam-dunk No. 1 prospect, which makes it a fun class. Scouts are looking forward to seeing Allen at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, next week, where he will work out with much better talent. Kiper, perhaps the biggest name in NFL Draft analysis, announced his first mock draft Thursday morning on SportsCenter. Kiper's ESPN colleague Todd McShay ranked Johnson, also training at EXOS, as the No. 23 overall prospect, but not in the first round. It'll be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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