Is The Joe Milton Hype Warranted?

BrandonBrown

With Dylan McCaffrey on his way out of Ann Arbor, it's officially time to welcome in the Joe Milton Era. Milton has all the tools you want in a quarterback. He's big at 6-5, 245 pounds, he can really run with sub-4.7 speed, he's got great quiet leadership qualities and an absolute cannon for an arm. 

So how good can he be? That's the million dollar question.

As soon as Milton was reported as the starter, comparisons started to roll in. He's Cam Newton. He's Daunte Culpepper. He's a young Big Ben. He's a more mobile Byron Leftwich. All of those are pretty close, but I actually think the closest comparison is to Josh Allen. The two are almost identical in size, with huge arms and above average athleticism. Neither are 4.4 guys, but they can really run and keep a defense honest while stretching the field vertically with their massive arms. Both have had accuracy and turnover issues in the past as well.

We'll get a chance to see it play out on the field in a little less than a month and Michigan fans cannot wait. With Milton, there's a ton of potential for the offense to be explosive and quick-strike. He's certainly not perfect, and has little to no college experience, but he's the perfect ball of clay for Ben McDaniels, Josh Gattis and Jim Harbaugh to mold.

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Comments (8)
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CJK5H
CJK5H

Milton has possibly the best physical tools we have ever seen in a Michigan QB. Then again, there are a lot of fast food managers who had "great physical tools" but never quite translated them to the field.

Hopefully, Milton does find a way to turn his physical gifts into elite performance on the field and is the best QB (so far) of the Harbaugh era. But he is going to make some rookie mistakes. It goes with the territory.

my3sonsfa
my3sonsfa

Big mistake in my eyes Dylan made smarter choices on the field and now off the field. Wish we could have seen him start but wherever he goes it will be better for him. Harbaugh has not really been successful with quarterbacks since arriving at UM. Good luck Dylan

UMfb
UMfb

Just football in general here, no specific team: The most popular player seems to be the second-string QB or the new QB at the start of a new season.

Cormac
Cormac

He wasn't going to win the Josh Gattis sweepstakes! Gattis made his choice known and it wasn't DMC.

Cormac
Cormac

For a guy that hasn't started one game yet and has less than two dozen pass attempts, the hype is out of this world.


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