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If Josh Allen is opening-day starter, Bills would make history

If rookie quarterback Josh Allen becomes the Buffalo Bills' opening-day starter, it would put the franchise in uncharted territory.

Never before in the NFL's modern era has a playoff team selected a quarterback in the first round of the draft and started him in Week 1 of the following season.

But the Bills could find themselves in that spot come September. They traded up to select Allen during Thursday night's opening round of the draft. He has a decent chance to the win starting job, with only AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman currently on the roster at the position.

Photo Gallery: 2018 NFL Draft: Bills select Josh Allen in 7th pick in first round

The Bills traded 2017 starter Tyrod Taylor to the Browns earlier this winter. McCarron and Peterman combined own five career NFL starts.

Here is the list of playoff teams that selected a quarterback in the first round of the draft since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

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  • 2017 Chiefs: Took Patrick Mahomes 10th; backed up Alex Smith.
  • 2017 Texans: Took Deshaun Watson 12th after winning a weak division; Tom Savage started the opener.
  • 2016 Broncos: Took Paxton Lynch 26th to replace a retired Peyton Manning; Trevor Siemian won the job.
  • 2006 Broncos: Took Jay Cutler 11th after hiring a new offensive coordinator; backed up Jake Plummer.
  • 2005 Packers: Took Aaron Rodgers 24th; backed up Brett Favre.
  • 1999 Vikings: Took Daunte Culpepper 11th; backed up Randall Cunningham.
  • 1997 49ers: Took Jim Druckenmiller 26th; backed up Steve Young.
  • 1992 Broncos: Took Tommy Maddux 25th; backed up John Elway.
  • 1991 L.A. Raiders: Took Todd Marinovich 24th; backed up Jay Schroeder.
  • 1987 Bears: Took Jim Harbaugh 26th; backed up Jim McMahon.
  • 1983 Patriots: Took Tony Eason 15th; backed up Steve Grogan.
  • 1983 N.Y. Jets: Took Ken O'Brien 24th; backed up Richard Todd.
  • 1983 Dolphins: Took Dan Marino 25th; backed up David Woodley.
  • 1980 Steelers: Took Mark Malone 28th; backed up Terry Bradshaw.
  • 1977 Vikings: Took Tommy Kramer 27th; backed up Fran Tarkenton.

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