Buffalo Bills draft quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming

Buffalo Bills draft quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming Photo: Buffalo Bills.

April 27, 2018 03:59 AM

The Buffalo Bills traded up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the seventh pick in the first-round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, and selected Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

In exchange for moving from the seventh pick in the first-round, and the 255th pick in the seventh-round of this year’s draft, Buffalo sent its 12th pick in the first-round, and its 53rd and 56th picks in the second-round to Tampa Bay. 

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Allen threw for 16 touchdowns and six interceptions last season.

He was seen as a potential #1 pick in the draft at one point.

Allen came under fire on Wednesday after the discovery of a series of racially insensitive tweets that he made while in high school in 2012 and 2013. Those tweets have been deleted. Allen apologized in interviews with ESPN, and said that he was “young and dumb” at the time.

Wyoming coach Craig Bohl says Allen had "great relationships with his teammates and our fan base" and Allen "embraced diversity" while at Wyoming.

Buffalo Bills’ management then traded the team’s 22nd pick in the first-round to the Baltimore Ravens, in exchange for the 16th pick in the first-round. The team selected linebacker Tremaine Edmunds from Virginia Tech. In the trade, the Bills sent Baltimore three picks: a first-round, third-round and fifth-round pick this year.

Edmunds was name to an AP Third Team All-American in 2017. He led the Hokies with 109 tackles last season, and was a finalist for the Butkus Award, which is given to the best linebacker in college football.

Both trades during the first round leave Buffalo with just one pick on day two of the NFL draft, the 96th pick in the third-round.


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