Bills trade up with Bucs to land QB Josh Allen

Posted Apr 26, 2018

Buffalo made their anticipated move up the board to get perhaps the most talented quarterback in the class.

In the end the Bills got the quarterback they wanted all along in Josh Allen and they didn’t have to part with the draft capital many thought they’d have to surrender to do it. Buffalo, in a trade with Tampa Bay at pick seven, gave up their pick at 12 and both of their second-round picks (53, 56) in exchange for the seventh pick and a seventh-round pick (255).

In Allen, the Bills land the most physically-talented quarterback in the class. At 6-5, 237 pounds, Allen has prototype size and the strongest arm among the signal callers in the 2018 draft. Comfortable throwing from all angles and on the move, Allen can extend plays and improvise when necessary. It’s why NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes he’s got the highest ceiling in the draft.

“When I look at Allen he’s a really exciting player,” said Mayock. “Obviously, he has to learn how to be a little bit more accurate and he’s got to throw with timing and anticipation. What I think differentiates this kid is his football IQ, passion, work ethic, and I could see a difference between 2016 and 2017, and I could see a difference between 2017 to the Combine and then again to the Pro Day.”

As for improving his accuracy, Mayock believes with Allen it’s all tied to his feet.

“Even more than the whole accuracy conversation, because he’s more accurate than people think, he has to get his eyes and feet connected,” Mayock said. “He needs a year behind a professional, but I love his intangibles. The kid loves the game. He’s willing to work. He’s really athletic, which gives me hope for his footwork. I’m buying into the kid.”