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Team: Wyoming Cowboys
Ht / Wt:  6'4 / 237

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SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the Buffalo Bills a "B-" for their work in the draft.
With the Bills, we may not be able to truly ascertain the impact of their draft until Josh Allen has matured into an NFL starter -- for better or for worse. Kadar believes that beyond Allen (the most polarizing player in the class this side of Lamar Jackson), "Much of the rest of Buffalo’s draft was a delight." He points to the team's fifth-round selection of Virginia Tech G Wyatt Teller as a stellar one and believes that the former Hokies lineman could push for a starting job sooner rather than later. Apr 29 - 12:37 PM
Source: SB Nation

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Bills traded up with the Bucs to select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Allen's tweet controversy did not lead to a prolonged slide. The Bills traded the Nos. 12, 53 and 56 (both second-rounders) picks for the right to move up five spots and select whom they hope is their quarterback of the future. They are also receiving pick No. 255 in return. Allen (6’5/237) spent three years at Wyoming after transferring from JUCO, completing just 56.2% of his passes with a 44:21 TD-to-INT ratio and 7.8 yards per attempt with a 16-9 record. In 2017, Allen was beaten out for first- and second-team All-Mountain West honors by Nick Stevens (Colorado State) and Brett Rypien (Boise State). Per PFF College, Allen’s 2017 passer rating (127.8) crashed to 58.5 when pressured, one of the nation’s worst marks. Nevertheless, Allen combines cannon arm strength with dynamic mobility and drew comparisons to Carson Wentz during the pre-draft phase, testing out as an elite 82nd-percentile SPARQ athlete. A boom-bust project, Allen also offers a Bollerian/Lockerian floor.
Apr 26 - 8:59 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reports that the Jets coaching staff is making a late push for Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

This is interesting, as there are reports that the Jets' front-office currently prefer Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield as the future signal-caller. Now it appears there may be a divide, which isn't uncommon, but isn't ideal, either. There's a chance that both Darnold and Mayfield will both be off the board, and there's been some late rumors that the Jets could move up to the second pick to secure the services of either QB. This will be fascinating to watch when the Jets are on the clock -- whenever that is.
Apr 26 - 2:46 PM

NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the inappropriate tweets from Wyoming QB Josh Allen won't hurt his draft stock.

Earlier on Thursday, reports of insensitive and inappropriate tweets from Allen when he was in high school surfaced, and there have been some reports that those tweets surfaced because a team wanted Allen to slide down draft boards. Rapoport reports that teams don't seem concerned about those tweets, and the signal-caller has apologized. Allen could slide for football reasons, but it doesn't appear that his stock will slide due to anything that occurred in his past on his Twitter account.
Apr 26 - 1:34 PM

On the Pick Six Podcast, CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora lists the Broncos as a team that wants to trade down.

"Denver? He doesn't want to make that pick. They don't want to take a quarterback, they certainly don't want to pay a quarterback $6 million to sit behind Case Keenum," La Canfora said. "A lot of the players they like will be there outside the top 10 and will be a little cheaper and the pressure's off a little bit and Elway hasn't drafted well so give me more opportunities." The Broncos have often been mentioned as a QB landing spot, but if La Canfora is right, that's not going to happen. At least not with pick five.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 12:39 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter was approached by two people suggesting rival teams surfaced insinsitive tweets made by Wyoming Josh Allen in high school "in order to increase the chances he would fall in the draft to that team."

That's a bit deep for us, as anyone with a Twitter account could search through Allen's history to find these tweets. Allen is no longer being connected with the No. 1 pick (not because of the tweets), and the near consensus opinion is that he lands with the Buffalo Bills.
Apr 26 - 10:34 AM

Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot states the team's choice at No. 1 could be down to Wyoming QB Josh Allen or Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield.

There are a lot of "coulds" and "seems to" in this report, but this statement is clear. "Sources say the Browns have cooled on the USC passer in recent days and that Allen and Mayfield have surpassed him," Cabot writes. We expect Dorsey to reveal to his staff who will be the selection at no. 1 overall, and we think it is Sam Darnold. But any of the three names make sense.
Apr 25 - 10:36 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter was told by a GM that there's a 50 percent chance that four of the first five picks are quarterbacks.

The order of the quarterbacks is still very much up for debate, but it sounds like there's at least a chance -- maybe even a strong one -- that Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield are four of your first five selections. The question would then become whether that fourth pick -- likely the Browns -- is Saquon Barkley or Bradley Chubb. We've never had four of five picks be quarterbacks, and we haven't had three quarterbacks go in the first three picks since 1999. It sounds like we might see some history on Thursday.
Apr 24 - 6:22 PM

Dan Patrick passes along word from one NFL scout saying the Browns are deciding between Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen at the top of the draft.

This is noteworthy since Sam Darnold's name is not even mentioned. Scot McCloughan has been involved in the Browns draft process, and during his media stint stated Mayfield was his top ranked quarterback in this class. Allen's name has been gaining traction at No. 1 overall, although Peter King cited a different source stating Allen would not be the pick for the Browns at No. 1. Buckle up.
Apr 23 - 11:38 AM

The MMQB's Peter King spoke to "someone I trust, who is very often right and is very well-connected" who stated Wyoming QB Josh Allen will not be the pick at No. 1.

As King notes, we are all prisoners to connections and buzz when it comes to mock drafting. King previously mentioned an Allen to Cleveland connection, as did Daniel Jeremiah and others. Also in that time frame, Jeremiah wrote in marker that Darnold would be the No. 1 pick, as did Bucky Brooks and Joel Klatt. It is the Monday of draft week, and we might not know who will be the first selection until Thursday evening.
Source: SI.com
Apr 23 - 8:32 AM

An NFL Scout said Wyoming QB Josh Allen "some accuracy issues that I cannot see getting better."

The scout also mentioned, "He’s got a big arm but there have been a lot of quarterbacks like that that have failed." He's referencing highly-drafted quarterbacks like Jake Locker, Jamarcus Russell, and Paxton Lynch who all looked the part of an NFL quarterback but struggled when it came to actually playing in the NFL. Allen is most well-known for his ideal physical traits including an unbelievably strong arm. The biggest concerns lie in his lack of production and accuracy throughout his collegiate career at a small school playing against poor competition. He had a 56 percent completion percentage at Wyoming, a mark well below the typical threshold of first-round quarterback prospects. One of the most divisive prospects in recent history, Allen could be drafted as high as No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns.
Apr 22 - 3:17 PM

Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey said that "hand size is important" in the quarterback the team is drafting.

"With that being said, hand size in November and December, when it's snowing, raining, it's getting muddy. We all know the elements in Cleveland are going to play a role," Dorsey said while addressing the media during his predraft press conference on Thursday. So what are the hand sizes we're talking about, here? Josh Allen wins that competition easily enough, as he measured in with 10 1/8-inch bear paws at the NFL Scouting Combine. No other quarterback even cracked 10 inches in the measurement. Sam Darnold -- who, along with Allen, has been repeatedly linked to the Browns -- comes in much smaller, with baby mitts of 9 3/8 inches. There's been some logical speculation that Darnold's smaller hand-size has been at least somewhat to blame for the quarterback's fumbling issues. In 24 starts at USC, he fumbled 21 times. For what it's worth, Dorsey said that he believes that Darnold's issues holding onto the ball can be fixed.
Apr 20 - 12:55 PM

Pro Football Talk's Chris Simms believes Wyoming QB Josh Allen and UCLA QB Josh Rosen have the highest floors among the 2018 QB prospects.

We've heard this with Rosen all along, but the Allen comment caught us off guard. "I have a hard time believing Josh Allen, who has the highest Wonderlic score, we've seen him in a pro-style offense... the bust potential is not there." Simms is on an island with this opinion, but it might turn out to be true. Some decision makers in the NFL clearly love Allen, and he has checked the boxes along the way during the draft process.
Apr 19 - 11:09 AM

The MMQB's Peter King believes it is unlikely Browns GM John Dorsey reveals his plan with the No. 1 pick until the draft begins.

This was backed up by Chris Simms, saying Dorsey might only tell the owner the night before the draft. It is clear Dorsey wants to keep the selection a secret, but even keeping it from the top ranked executives he brought in from the Packers would be a bit of a surprise. In previous years we've had a firm grasp of who the No. 1 selection would be. That might not be the case this year.
Apr 19 - 10:48 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projects the Browns to take Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the first pick in his updated mock draft.

He also has the Browns taking Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the fourth pick, with Sam Darnold to the Giants and Baker Mayfield to the Jets sandwich in between. Most analysts currently have Darnold going first overall, but Cleveland still is debating, and Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters that all four of the big QBS (Allen, Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson) are being considered.
Apr 17 - 8:29 PM