2018 NFL Draft: Bills trade with Tampa Bay, moving up to No. 7 to take QB Josh Allen

It’s likely been a tumultuous 24 hours or so for Josh Allen, after tweets the quarterback sent as a high schooler in which he used a racial slur were dug up and highlighted on Wednesday night, but it likely all disappeared after his phone began ringing around 8:45 p.m. ET on Thursday night.

That’s when Allen got the call that the Buffalo Bills were drafting the former Wyoming quarterback at No. 7, trading up from No. 12 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get a player many figured would have been gone at that spot.

On Wednesday, there was a report out of Cleveland that the Browns were likely going to pick Allen or Baker Mayfield at the No. 1 spot; they ended up choosing Mayfield.

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The Bills traded their two second-round picks, at Nos. 53 and 56, as well as their original first-round spot to Tampa Bay to make the move.

“I want to say thank you to the Bills for putting their faith in me,” Allen said on ESPN. “This is one of the greatest moments of my life.”

Allen is best known for his huge arm, but there have been consistent questions about his accuracy – he completed just 56 percent of his passes as Wyoming’s starter the last two seasons.

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Josh Allen is selected as the number seven overall pick to the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills in action in the first half against the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field on October 7, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before playing against the Tennessee Titans at New Era Field on October 7, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills and Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers meet after the Green Bay Packers beat the Buffalo Bills 22-0 at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 30: Kenny Clark #97 of the Green Bay Packers attempts to tackle Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on September 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09: Jermaine Carter #56 of the Carolina Panthers sacks Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills during the second half at New Era Field on August 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Carolina defeats Buffalo in the preseason game 28-23. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at New Era Field on August 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 09: Josh Allen #17 speaks with LeSean McCoy #25 of the Buffalo Bills as they warm up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at New Era Field on August 9, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. Carolina defeats Buffalo in the preseason game 28-23. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen looks on during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Josh Allen #17 of the North team reacts during the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Josh Allen #17 of the North team reacts during the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 2, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Josh Allen #17 of the North team throws the ball during the first half of the Reese's Senior Bowl against the the South team at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 22: Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen (17) during Famous Idaho Potato Bowl featuring the Central Michigan Chippewas and Wyoming Cowboys on December 22, 2017 at Albertson Stadium in Boise, ID. (Photo by Steve Conner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IA - SEPTEMBER 02: Wyoming Cowboys' quarterback Josh Allen (17) calls signals during a non-conference college football game between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Iowa Hawkeyes, September 02, 2017, at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA. Iowa won 24-3. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 2: Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Wyoming Cowboys warms up before the match-up against the Iowa Hawkeyes, on September 2, 2017 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills traded up five spots in the first round, from No. 12 to No. 7, to draft quarterback Josh Allen. 

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