Bills Draft QB Josh Allen: Fans and Players React


Each team selected its "draft ambassadors", and the list of attendees ranges from locals who just happen to root for, say, the Eagles or Bills or Jets, to fans who will travel to North Texas (Falcons, Ravens). The Bills also don't have to force Allen into action, considering they just signed AJ McCarron.

Beane made another move up by trading up with Baltimore to select Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds with the 16th selection. Allen is a polarizing quarterback whose accuracy issues have drawn comparisons to some of the biggest first-round busts of the past decade.

He told ESPN the tweets release put him "in a panic". "Whatever team picks me, they are going to get that from me". In fact, they would move up five spots to make that move happen.

Allen has been talked about as a possible number one pick in the draft, the annual event which sees the 32 teams in the National Football League take turns in recruiting the top players from college gridiron.

The first trade cost Buffalo its No. 12 pick in the first round, and both second-rounders at 53 and 56, while bringing back No. 7 (Allen) and Tampa Bay's seventh-rounder, No. 255.

While the battle at quarterback could create enough tension itself, several old tweets by Allen might make things even more awkward.

"Listen, we don't condone anything".

"And he's going to own it. Earn the trust of his teammates, the fan base, the organization". But when Buffalo traded up to select him, Allen could set the stress of his topsy-turvy afternoon aside, at least for a few beats. Still, this is a risky pick at No. 7 overall - could he be the next Carson Wentz?

At 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, Allen is a strong-armed but occasionally inaccurate passer after spending the past three years at Wyoming. Brian Daboll, who oversaw national champion Alabama's offense last season, becomes Buffalo's sixth coordinator in seven years since being hired in January to replace Rick Dennison. There were eight trades Thursday night in the top 22 picks, with Baltimore moving down twice before taking SC tight end Hayden Hurst.

Allen was highly touted coming into the draft in a draft class full of elite quarterbacks.

Allen, who graduated in December after completing his junior season at Wyoming in 2017, declared for the 2018 NFL Draft immediately after leading the Cowboys to a 37-14 victory over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. His completion percentage stayed consistent (56.3%), but his AY/A dropped to a less-than-nice 6.9 while his efficiency rating sat at 127.8. Kirk said that Allen succeeding would be a major statistical anomaly when evaluating all his numbers.

Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield became Cleveland's latest attempt to find its franchise quarterback. "Hopefully, I call this place home for the next 15 to 20 years".