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

In his latest 2018 National Football League mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper sent Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen to the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick. Your team won't lose a game for several more months, so you can't feel too bad.

Countering that is that Allen had wide receiver Tanner Gentry (with the Bears), the best running back ever in Laramie in Brian Hill (5th round draft pick and now on the Bengals) and center Chase Roullier who was in the rotation with the Washington Redskins this year. But it's not the quarterback you'd think. Keep a couple things in mind: First, Pro Football Focus comes at this from nearly a strictly analytical point of view (not that it's necessarily a bad thing). It's a controversial prediction.

Allen appeared in 11 games this season, throwing for 1,812 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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. And Kiper believes Allen has it.

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Kiper held a teleconference to talk about the NFL Draft since he just released his first mock draft, and there were some doozy out there regarding the former Wyoming quarterback. I said last month that he is one of my favorite prospects in this class. 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.

USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen are probably in contention for the No. 1 overall pick, too, assuming Cleveland wants to go with a quarterback.

This same executive told the Plain-Dealer before the 2016 draft that if Cleveland would take Carson Wentz with their first pick they would be set for the next 15 years.

The 2018 NFL Draft will take place from April 26 to 28.

  • Lawrence Cooper