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Bills Today: Why Josh Allen is a fan of Buffalo's draft class


1. Why Josh Allen is a fan of Buffalo's draft class

Josh Allen gave the Bills' draft his seal of approval while talking to Davis Potter of the Casper Star Tribune.

"I liked it," Allen said. "I've talked to (the draftees) a little bit. They're hungry to come here, start competing and push each other to win football games here."

Allen has already been in touch with first-round pick Ed Oliver.

"I talked to Ed a little bit, and he seems like a great guy," Allen said. "Obviously he's a tremendous talent. That's a big spot with Kyle leaving last year, but he's going to jump right in. We're going to bring all of these guys into our team and make them our family."

The Bills have surrounded Allen with a plethora of new offensive linemen and added another with Cody Ford.

"He looks like a pretty dangerous guy on the field. He's got a lot of tenacity," Allen said. "Super strong. Super powerful. Can move a little bit, too. He fits into our system, and I'm excited to meet him when he gets up here this weekend."

But the draft isn't the only place the Bills added help. General manager Brandon Beane was active throughout free agency to secure the Bills with the best possible roster for the upcoming season.

"I think we're very close," Allen said. "We have a great core of players from last year, and then our front office went out and did a great job in the offseason adding some guys at certain positions."

2. Bills reveal rookie numbers

Only one Bills rookie will be able to keep the same number he wore in college. The Bills announced on Thursday the new numbers for all eight of their draft picks.

Bills first-round pick Ed Oliver will wear number 91 for the team. Oliver wore number 10 in college and wouldn't be allowed to keep it in the NFL. So, Oliver chose the next best option of nine plus one which equals 10. Coincidentally, Oliver was also the ninth pick of the first round.

Kyle Peko previously had No. 91 but has announced he will change to No. 94 for the season.

Cody Ford will wear No. 70, Devin Singletary No. 40, Dawson Knox No. 88, Vosean Joseph No. 50, Jaquan Johnson No. 46, Darryl Johnson No. 92 and Tommy Sweeney No. 89.

Sweeney is the only player keeping the same number from college.

3. Jaquan Johnson one of Zierlein's favorite picks

NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein went round-by-round and selected his three favorite picks from each round. Zierlein takes a look at players who could make substantial or immediate impacts for their new teams or have a great chance of eventually outplaying their draft slot.

In the sixth-round, Zierlein selects Jaquan Johnson.

He doesn't have great speed, and he's undersized, but Johnson is the embodiment of a ball player at the safety spot. Johnson was still waiting to hear his name called in Round 6 because teams fear he's not fast enough to range and not big enough to bang, but the tape speaks volumes, in my opinion. He's rarely out of position, has leadership qualities and is a consistent, downhill tackler. This is a great value pick.

Johnson recorded 252 tackles and eight interceptions in his four seasons at Miami. An All-ACC selection his senior season, Johnson was a leader of the Hurricanes defense and described as the "heart and soul" of it by his defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. vvvv

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