Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen wants No. 1 pressure on him
By Randy Gurzi
Reports suggest the Cleveland Browns may go a different direction, but Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen still wants to go No. 1 overall and have that pressure
His overall stats while at Wyoming don’t suggest No. 1 overall pick, but quarterback Josh Allen has reportedly been in the minds of the Cleveland Browns when deciding who they will pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
If it were up to Allen, he would be wearing the brown and orange when the next NFL season kicks off this fall.
Allen was hardly recruited coming out of high school and ended up playing for the Wyoming Cowboys, where he was able to turn heads. Allen displayed a rocket arm and was very mobile — especially when considering his size.
The young quarterback measured in at 6-foot-5 and 237-pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he displayed decent athleticism to go along with his impressive arm strength.
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Currently the belief seems to be that the Browns will go with USC quarterback Sam Darnold at No. 1. While Darnold had a better collegiate career, Allen hopes he still is in the running.
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He also knows if he does get picked first, the pressure on him will be insane. He not only knows it, he welcomes it according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.
"“Yeah, it would mean that I’m going to Cleveland,” Allen said Tuesday via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “My biggest interest of being the No. 1 pick, obviously the pressure that comes along with that, I would love to have that pressure on my shoulders because I’ve always thrived in those situations, and I feel like Cleveland would be a great spot to be. But if I’m not, I’m not, and I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team that actually picks me and actually wants me so we’ll go from there.”"
Allen has said the right things throughout the draft process and seems to be a guy that you genuinely want to root for. The problem is he’s got so much unknown about him that many fans are hoping not to hear his name called on Thursday night by Cleveland.
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If he does get that call though, he’s ready to do all he can to try and prove the doubters wrong.