Buffalo Bills select Josh Allen 7th in NFL Draft

After trading up for the seventh pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Josh Allen, quarterback from the University of Wyoming, on Thursday.

Speaking afterwards, Allen revealed the Bills, who sent the 12th pick and two second-rounders to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in order to get in position to make the selection, contacted him directly regarding the tweets beforehand. As Allen walked onto the stage to hug NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Bills Mafia fans situated in the first row were ecstatic that Buffalo had drafted its quarterback of the future.

Allen is from Firebaugh, California, and was not heavily recruited coming out of high school. For all we know, Allen will turn out to have a much longer and more successful career than Rosen. The Bills made a big mistake with taking Allen.

Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said Allen had "great relationships with his teammates and our fan base" and Allen "embraced diversity" while at Wyoming. They then traded the 22nd and 65th overall pick to move up to pick No. 16 to select linebacker Tremaine Edmunds out of Virginia Tech. Or, they might have caught him at seventh overall exclusively because the report of his offensive high-school tweets dropped him out of the top five.

"The 21 year old is 5'11" and 192 lbs. I'm a type of guy, the only thing I want to do is win.

Standing in at 6-foot-5 and 233 pounds, Allen is the ideal size for an National Football League quarterback.

Buffalo has to hope Allen can develop more as a passer than he did when he was in college.

The Buffalo Bills have been preparing to add that franchise quarterback throughout the pre-draft process, collecting picks on top of picks in separate trades.

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

The Bills said they had scouted Allen extensively before drafting him but were not aware of the offensive tweets until they came to light on Thursday.

On the field, there was concern over Allen's 56.3 completion percentage in 2017.

Several times after he made the selection, Beane mentioned to reporters of Allen's arm strength and ability to cut through bad weather games. It was six years ago. Given that their quarterback room now lays claim to AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman, Buffalo's need at the position was bordering on dire.

The Bills finally grab a guard to replace Richie Incognito in Teller. Following the trade of Tyrod Taylor, many wondered what was next for the team, as Taylor, truthfully, was one of the better QB's in the Bills recent past.

  • Salvatore Jensen