Old offensive tweets could jeopardize Josh Allen's draft standing

Offensive and racially charged tweets from Josh Allen’s high school days suddenly could jeopardize the Wyoming quarterback’s standing in Thursday night’s first round of the NFL Draft.

Allen apologized to ESPN after the tweets surfaced late Wednesday, saying he was young and dumb from 2012 through 2013 when he wrote them. But it remains to be seen how NFL teams react and if this last-minute twist causes Allen to slide.

Allen’s most alarming tweet from June 25, 2013, since deleted, appeared to be a response to a question asked of him on AskFM: “Why are you so white ? — If it ain’t white, it ain’t right!” he wrote, per Yahoo Sports. There were also a few tweets in which Allen used the racial slur “n---as.”

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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
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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While USC quarterback Sam Darnold is the favorite to land with Cleveland at the No. 1 overall pick, the Browns are rumored to also have strongly considered Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.

The Giants at No. 2 conceivably could draft Allen if Darnold is off the board and they still want a QB. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur prefers tall quarterbacks, and Allen and Shurmur developed some chemistry working and meeting together at both the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.

And the Buffalo Bills are believed to be eager to trade up somewhere into the top six in order to get Allen, as well.

The Giants front office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether they were aware and how it could affect any decision to draft Allen. A team with a top-five draft pick told ESPN, though, that they knew nothing about the tweets and “never (had) heard anything but positives” about Allen.

Shurmur said at the NFL owners’ meetings in late March that he liked a lot of Allen’s traits.

“Josh Allen, he’s an outstanding player,” Shurmur said on March 27 in Orlando. “I’ve had more exposures to him probably than some of the other quarterbacks in the draft, but it was good to get out there and watch him throw … Josh is obviously a very outstanding player in all regards … My indications are that he’s a tough player, he’s competitive. Those are things and those are traits that I admire in a quarterback. You saw that in his play. He’s willing to pull it down and run with it. He’s a really, really big guy, which I think helps you. And I just like his mindset.”

The surfacing of Allen’s tweets, however, evoked memories of Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil’s bizarre fall down the board in 2016. Only an hour or so before the start of that draft, a video surfaced of Tunsil wearing a gas mask and smoking a bong. And he plummeted behind two offensive tackles — Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley to the Ravens at six and Michigan State’s Jack Conklin to the Titans at eight — before the Miami Dolphins took Tunsil at No. 13.

The Giants at No. 10 not only saw the Titans and Bears trade over them to take two players they liked in Conklin and Georgia LB Leonard Floyd. But then, instead of taking Tunsil at a position of great need, they passed and took Ohio State corner Eli Apple instead.

This time teams have almost 24 hours to check in to Allen’s tweets, but that doesn’t mean this won’t scare them off.

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