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[BN] Blitz newsletter: The one number that makes draft analysts wary about Josh Allen

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen "has the kind of cannon arm that would be perfect for throwing passes in inclement weather in Orchard Park," Mark Gaughan writes in his latest piece for the [BN] Blitz Path to the Passer series exploring potential quarterbacks for the Bills.

An NFL team is sure to fall in love with Allen's arm talent, and even in a deep class of quarterbacks, he's likely to be one of the top picks. But Allen's unimpressive collegiate completion percentage (56.2) has some wondering whether he is worth drafting so high.

“The Josh Allen lovers can love, but the fact is no QB in the last 12 to 14 years with a completion percentage as low as Allen has had success in NFL," former college scouting chief Greg Gabriel tells Gaughan. "Most end up as very average backups or outright busts."

Alternative paths: Is Baker Mayfield the next Drew Brees? How much is Kirk Cousins worth? Is Nick Foles a viable option?

What about AJ McCarron?: "Even if the Buffalo Bills have no interest," Jay Skurski writes, "the ruling Thursday that makes the Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback an unrestricted free agent is a favorable development."

Hang time: Titans punter Brett Kern invited two of his former Grand Island High School coaches to join him at the Pro Bowl in Orlando.


Inside the Bills: Ranking the 10 biggest positional needs heading into free agency.

Salary cap breakdown: Our three-part series concludes with a look at the Bills' best value players

No consensus on top QB: NFL Networks Mike Mayock and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. have the same six quarterbacks at the top of their rankings, but differ on which one is the No. 1 prospect.

Mock draft roundup: If you're hoping the Bills draft a quarterback this spring, there's probably a mock draft out there for you.

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