ARLINGTON, Texas – Josh Allen has the big arm, perfect for throwing through those whipping winds off of Lake Erie.
On sheer physical talent, the former Wyoming star might very well be the top quarterback in the NFL Draft and there is plenty of chatter that the team on the other end of the lake – the Cleveland Browns – could very well make him the No. 1 choice Thursday night.
But that arm, which threw passes at the NFL Scouting Combine that were clocked on radar at 62 mph, might also be ideal for the Buffalo Bills. Allen liked what he saw and heard during his pre-draft visit to Orchard Park.
"It was nice," he said Wednesday after a youth event outside of AT&T Stadium, where the draft is being held. "Talking with their coaching staff, I really like what they've got going on over there. The owners are super committed into their team and I think that's how it should be."
Allen gave a safe answer to the question of whether he could envision himself wearing a Bills uniform.
"I had seven visits, so I can see myself in seven different uniforms," he said. "Whatever happens, happens. I'm looking forward to the challenge of being in the NFL, I'm looking forward to getting with my teammates and new coaching staff and putting in the hours to start winning football games because that's really what it's all about."
A great deal of mystery surrounds the order in which the presumed top quarterbacks of the draft – Allen, USC's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield – will be chosen. Much of that is because of the distinct possibility of a team, such as the Bills (who currently own the 12th and 22nd overall picks) trading into the top five.
Allen doesn't sound as if he's stressing over when he's selected, even though the difference is measured in millions of dollars in bonus money.
"It's really exciting, just knowing that I'm going to get picked, whether it's the top, whether it's No. 100," he said. "I'm looking to solidify myself after the draft because that's really what happens. It's not where or when you get get drafted. It's what you do after you get drafted, so that's what I'm looking forward to.
"This is a class that could be special. I would love to be a part of one of the greatest quarterback classes ever. Fifteen years down the road we can look back and say that."
Allen does believe that, at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, he's built to handle the rough climate with which he could be dealing in late-season games in places like Cleveland or Western New York.
"Absolutely," he said. "I think that's what people see when they kind of look at me, is just a bad-weather quarterback, just because of what I've done at Wyoming. I didn't play in great conditions there. I frickin' practiced in wind every day in Wyoming. It's just something that I'm OK with. I know my strengths and the arm strength and the ability to be able to cut through wind and snow and rain and all that stuff, it kind of comes with being a quarterback that plays in tough weather. And if you look at all the playoff games this past year, it was cold, it was windy and that's playoff football."
Allen has long grown tired of hearing about the biggest knock on him: his inaccurate passing.
"I don't think I'm an inaccurate quarterback," he said. "Obviously, the 56 percent completion percentage is not where it needs to be. But when my feet are set and I'm throwing on platform and throwing with rhythm, I'm as accurate as anybody out there. So I'm looking forward to showing that and I feel like I have growing through the whole process – going to the Senior Bowl, the Combine, Pro Day, so now it's actually I want to use it in live games and bullets flying at me."