NASHVILLE – Josh Allen, the former standout edge rusher for Kentucky, could see himself being a good fit for a Buffalo Bills defense looking to enhance its ability to pressure the quarterback.
He loved everything about his visit to One Bills Drive in advance of the NFL draft, even if he does have some reservations about Western New York's cold climate.
What Allen isn't so sure about, however, is joining a team that already has a quarterback that shares his name.
"That'd be a little weird," he said with a playful smile Wednesday during media availability at Nissan Stadium prior to the draft Thursday. "It would kind of suck because he was there first. So what are they going to call me?"
Allen said he wouldn't have a problem if the Bills drafted him, although he is projected to be chosen within the first five picks and Buffalo presently owns the ninth choice. He also would enjoy being a teammate of the "other" Josh Allen.
"I never met him, but I (got to know) him from social media," the Kentucky Allen said. "We talked a couple times. He hit me up not too long ago. But we talked a lot. We wished each other nothing but the best. Hopefully, I get to play with him or at least play against him. And then now we've got a story."
During his pre-draft visit to the Bills, Allen saw and heard plenty that he liked.
"They have everything I need," Allen said. "They have the defense that I would strive to be great in. They do a good job in developing their players. I feel like all they need is that young juice. They're right there, they're on the track to being a great team.
"They drafted Tremaine Edmunds last year. He's turned out to be really great. I saw him when I was there, and he looks the part, too. They have the people. They just need the pieces, and if I'm one of those pieces, hey, let's get it."