Josh Allen: Buffalo Bills were mocked by some fans after drafting QB

Buffalo Bills fans will still be pinching themselves that they have a franchise quarterback in Josh Allen.

The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the finest young quarterbacks in the NFL, and the Bills made their feelings about Allen known by tying him down to a long-term deal last August.

Allen was unable to lead the Bills to the Super Bowl last season but the AFC East franchise are a powerhouse now and will be in the mix for years to come.

2022 Draft is approaching

The 2022 NFL Draft is drawing ever closer, and there will be plenty of fans that are eagerly anticipating who they are going to pick up that could turn their franchise around and make them contenders. 

There will be plenty of them who have watched the players during their college days, or maybe watched their Combine and Pro Day performances and scouted out exactly who they believe will be ‘the guy’, but at the end of the day, it’s up to the team to pick the player rather than the fans.

And perhaps there is no better example that fans can often be wrong with their assessment of things than the 2018 NFL Draft, and the Bills’ decision to draft Allen out of the University of Wyoming. 

Allen pick looks great now

There were a number of quarterbacks to choose from that year, with Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson all chosen in the first round along with Allen, but with the first two already off the board when it came time for the Bills to pick at seven, they were left with a couple of options, and eventually settled on Allen. 

Allen has had, it’s fair to say, a pretty remarkable career in the NFL so far with the Bills. Having taken some time to become the team’s starter, Allen has put up over 15,000 yards in the regular and postseason which includes 117 touchdowns, playing so well this past season that there was talk he should be considered for league MVP.

With a number of smart moves this offseason, the Bills, with Allen at the wheel, are more than likely going to be serious challengers for Super Bowl glory in 2022.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

However, as tweets from 2018 show, there were a lot of Bills fans that weren’t too happy with the idea of having Allen on board when it was announced by the team, with a number of them stating that they would have rather taken Josh Rosen, who eventually was picked by the Cardinals at 10, instead. 

Take a look at some of the worst replies below:

Those tweets look hilarious now

Rosen, in stark contrast to Allen, has gone on to have a rather miserable career in the league, putting up a 3-13 record in Arizona before serving as a backup to a number of teams across the league as he still tries to find someone that will give him a second chance to be a starter. 

You can rattle through all of the cliches about hindsight being 20/20 and that nobody can really tell what the future will hold when you draft a player. Just look at Tom Brady and what he has accomplished despite being the 199th player taken back in 2000.

But it does just go to show that you should always wait a little bit before passing judgment over someone that will be the face of your franchise moving forward.

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