John Harbaugh: Ravens were high on Josh Allen in 2018 NFL draft

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In the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, the Ravens chose quarterback Lamar Jackson. If things had played out differently, they might have taken Josh Allen.

As Ravens coach John Harbaugh prepares to coach against Allen and the Bills in Saturday’s playoff game, Harbaugh says he studied Allen coming out of Wyoming and would have loved to draft him.

I watched him a lot, actually,” Harbaugh said, via PennLive.com. “He’s a guy that most of us here really, really liked. Just the arm talent and the ability to — the athleticism and the strength. He’s just a big strong guy.”

The 2018 first round produced three of the four quarterbacks still alive in the AFC playoffs: Allen, who went to Buffalo with the seventh pick, Jackson, who went to Baltimore with the 32nd pick, and Baker Mayfield, who went to Cleveland with the first pick. All three teams are happy with the quarterback they got.

20 responses to “John Harbaugh: Ravens were high on Josh Allen in 2018 NFL draft

  1. These hindsight boasts are funny. This is the team that believed in Lamar Jackson so much they drafted Hayden Hurst ahead of him.

  2. 2018 was the Year of Baker, 2019 was the Year of Lamar, 2020 was the Year of Allen (so far).

    I don’t suspect 2021 will be the Year of Darnold, but hey, stranger things, right?

  3. Is that what we are doing? It’s so easy to say this now that he’s had an all pro caliber year but the truth is only one GM/coach liked him enough to draft him.

  4. Yes, all turned out to be the real deal… and it took 3 years to develop them. Jackson is the only difference because he is a essentially a Running Back with above average throwing skills and created a different matchup nightmare for teams (that is not an insult). So, please lay off the TUA IS A BUST nonsense. He literally went to a rebuilding team and was thrown to the fire with no pre-season off a major injury less than 10 months previous. Burrow and Herbert went to teams in need of a QB with plenty of skill players and decent Olines.

  5. Ravens fan here. If I had to start a franchise today I’d go Mahommes, Josh Allen, and then Lamar in that order. Josh Allen just looks like a man among boys when he’s on the field. Should be a fantastic game this weekend!

  6. Consider the draft years of the QBs remaining in the playoffs:
    AFC
    Allen 2018
    Jackson 2018
    Mayfield 2018
    Mahomes 2017
    NFC
    Brady 2000
    Brees 2001
    Rodgers 2005
    Goff 2016

    If you take out Goff, it is old (NFC) versus young (AFC).

  7. Allen, Mayfield, and then Jackson. That’s how I’d say their careers will end up at the end of the day. Allen has highest probability of continued success imo

  8. That makes sense. He basically had Joe Flacco’s arm with a scrambling ability coming out of Wyoming. They could’ve ran read option with him too, just not as frequently as Lamar. I think he would’ve been frustrated here with their lack of a true #1 receiver/hesitance to trade for one or acquire one in the off-season. He may have Lowkey motivated Lamar even more for Saturday with these comments. Potential win win situation.

  9. gritandgrind8 says:
    January 12, 2021 at 12:49 pm
    2018 was the Year of Baker, 2019 was the Year of Lamar, 2020 was the Year of Allen (so far).

    I don’t suspect 2021 will be the Year of Darnold, but hey, stranger things, right?

    ————

    So far? 2020 is over

  10. Josh Allen became a viable QB in 2020, 2019 Josh Allen (CMP% 58%) was an average 5th tier QB while Lamar Jackson was the reigning MVP. Josh Allen has so much talent around him and it seems like the addition of Diggs was the piece that put Josh Allen over the top. Allen, Jackson, and Mahomes seem to be the top QBs in the AFC, with Watson limited by a poor Texans organization.

  11. One QB threw for 4,544 yards, 37 TDs, 10 picks, 2nd in league in total yards per game, and won 13 games.
    The other threw for 2,757 yards, 26 TDs, 9 picks, 19th in league in total yards per game, and won 11 games.
    And yet all the media wants to talk about is the second QB on this list, who captained the #19 ranked offense in the league while “throwing” for 183 yards per game.
    You can say whatever you like in defense of QB #2, but can someone explain to me why in the world we aren’t focusing much more on QB #1? He had an incredible season and has risen up the ranks to become one of the top QBs in the league in 3 short seasons. Yet we focus almost exclusively on the running back playing QB who rips off some amazing runs from time to time. Why? Both have had success at the QB position. Both have notched a single playoff victory. What am I missing?

  12. @SteveYoungThrowAndRun. What you are missing is you keep trying to compare Lamar with other QBs.

  13. @SteveYoungThrowAndRun

    Sounds like a you problem. Lamar was a unanimous MVP last year. I’ve read dozens of articles about Josh Allen being in the MVP conversation this year – deserved – and not one mentioning Lamar Jackson – also deserved. To say that Lamar has gotten as much press as Josh Allen this year is flat out wrong.

  14. gritandgrind8 says:
    January 12, 2021 at 12:49 pm
    2018 was the Year of Baker, 2019 was the Year of Lamar, 2020 was the Year of Allen (so far).

    I don’t suspect 2021 will be the Year of Darnold, but hey, stranger things, right?

    ———–

    Stanger things indeed, it’s about to be the year of Rosen!

  15. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    January 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm
    Consider the draft years of the QBs remaining in the playoffs:
    AFC
    Allen 2018
    Jackson 2018
    Mayfield 2018
    Mahomes 2017
    NFC
    Brady 2000
    Brees 2001
    Rodgers 2005
    Goff 2016

    ——-

    Look beyond the remaining QBs in the AFC too…look at the ones who are out this year, and the AFC QB picture is downright outrageous.

    You’ve got Mahomes, Allen, Jackson, and Mayfield, yes. Then you’ve got Watson, who has established that he belongs in the conversation with the best in the league. You’ve got Burrow and Herbert, who look like they’re going to be great, as much as that can be determined from one season. Tannehill has been very good in TEN, Carr isn’t bad in Vegas.

    And next year? Lawrence will be joining the conference, and possibly Fields as well.

    Tua, though he was less than spectacular this year, has time to pan out and even Darnold probably shouldn’t be written off.

    Has there ever been so much QB talent in the league at once, let alone in one conference?

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