Brent Vigen was among the supporters at the NFL Draft in Texas with Josh Allen.
Vigen is Wyoming's associate head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and was the one who recruited him to the school, meaning he has likely spent as much time with Allen as anyone over the last few years. He also recruited Carson Wentz and coached Wentz during the first two years of his college career at North Dakota State before Vigen and head coach Craig Bohl came to Wyoming.
The News spoke with Vigen late Thursday night about Allen's development, what Bills fans can expect, comparisons to Wentz and the Allen tweets that surfaced Wednesday:
On any Wentz-Allen comparisons: "They both have a great desire to compete at the highest level. They both go about their business the same way. Their physical comparisons are obvious, but the numbers are numbers. They come from great families. They have values, character. Carson, obviously, has excelled to great heights in his first two years. Time will tell for Josh, but I certainly like the track that he's on."
On what Buffalo and the Bills can expect: "He's a tenacious competitor, and he's going to give that city and that fan base everything he possibly can. … I don't think his ability limits him in any way. He's an athletic-enough kid to do the things outside of the pocket that might be asked of him. That can be a strong part of his game. He can make all the throws. From a coordinator's perspective, it has to be more about the other guys, the receiving corps, the tight ends, the running backs. Josh, in my opinion, can do all the things an offense asks. He's got a bright future."
On improvements during the pre-draft process: "He's identified some things over the past several months. The draft is an intense deal, and they're working on their craft on a daily basis. Some of the things that have been criticized are being worked through."
On the 56 percent completion rate: "The completion percentage is a product of your offense sometimes, and it isn't the best measure for accuracy. He's got the ability to do all the things throwing the football that anybody does. He can do things some people can't. He's going to work hard. He's grown a lot since he first stepped on campus, and he's got desire to be great."
On the tweets: "This, too, shall pass. It was troubling because he has a lot of pride in how people view him. Unfortunately, those things came out, and it probably wasn't by chance. It's a different scenario than what happened to Laremy Tunsil, but it happened by design. I thought he dealt with it squarely and will continue to need to answer a few questions about it. But I think it was apparent he was a youngster when that went on, and it's not a reflection of who he is. It's a sour situation. I know how elated he is, going to Buffalo. He's a lot more mature now. I can say that solidly.
"These NFL teams do their due diligence and then some. The people in Buffalo know full well what kind of man he is, and this was a blip on the radar. They trust their evaluation completely. They paid a price to go up and get him, and I think they'll be happy they did so."