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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Josh Allen got same draft grade as Kyler Murray from Daniel Jeremiah

Pre-draft evaluations are an inexact science, and comparing players across different drafts only increases the margin for error. But that doesn't make the question any less intriguing: How would this year's quarterback crop compare with the prolific 2018 draft class?

Five quarterbacks were drafted in the first round last year, one shy of the all-time record set in 1983. Baker Mayfield went first overall to the Browns, Sam Darnold went third to the Jets, Josh Allen went seventh to the Bills and Josh Rosen went 10th to the Cardinals before the Ravens grabbed Lamar Jackson at 32nd overall.

This year, four quarterbacks are in the conversation as potential first-rounders: Heisman winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Duke's Daniel Jones and Missouri's Drew Lock. How do they compare? Here's how NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah sees it:

“In terms of grades – now, this is the grade I had on them coming out, not what they've done – I have (Sam) Darnold with the highest grade," Jeremiah said. "Then it was (Josh) Rosen, then it was (Baker) Mayfield, and then I gave the same grade to Josh Allen as my fourth quarterback last year as I gave to Kyler Murray this year. So they would be tied for my fourth, and then I would have Haskins behind them and then Lamar Jackson would be behind him. So that would be the order I have stacking those guys in with last year's class based purely off the grade."

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Three Pegula Sports and Entertainment executives out after latest shakeup: The latest departures include COO Bruce Popko and two other top officials.

It's about time: The Bills beefed up their analytics department, hiring Dennis Lock away from Miami.

Draft profile: The Bills need a tight end, and preferably one who doesn't mind playing in the cold. Enter Utah State TE Dax Raymond, who lived in Russia for two years. "I think I can adjust to anywhere in America," he said.

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