Buffalo Bills Trade Up Twice; Land Big Arm, Bruising Linebacker

DALLAS – Months of speculation on just who the Buffalo Bills would pick at Quarterback ended Thursday night when the Bills traded up to seventh and took Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
Allen, a red-shirt junior, is 6-5 and 230 pounds, prototype size for his position. Draft pundits reported Allen has the best pure arm in the draft and can make throws from odd angles while running or in pursuit. In college, Allen showed poise and patience in the pocket.
If he has any downside, pundits say Allen is raw and a bit erratic. He has a gunslinger mentality which leads to big plays and big turnovers as he tries too often to put the ball in tight receiver windows.
NFL experts say Allen is the biggest boom or bust player in the draft but say he could be ready to start from day one. In his last two years of college, Allen passed for 5,015 yards, 44 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
The Bills then traded up from 22nd to 16th to select linebacker Tremaine Edmunds of Virginia Tech.
Edmunds is explosive, fluid and has sideline to sideline speed He is a top-rated blitzer. He has been called the perfect linebacker for the current style of football.
In his last two years of college, he registered 215 tackles, 10 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.
The draft opened with the Cleveland Browns taking QB Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma. The New York Giants selected RB Saquon Barkley of Penn State. QB Sam Darnold of USC went to the New York Jets. With their second pick, fourth overall, selected CB Denzel Ward of Ohio State.

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