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Josh Allen is the quarterback who WANTS to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns

This isn’t something we’re used to hearing.

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At the Senior Bowl on Tuesday, Josh Allen told reporters something that you don’t often hear.

“I want to be the guy that turns around the Cleveland Browns,” he said.

While that could indicate he’d like to be the top pick in the draft, Allen said, “It’s not about going as high as possible,” he said. “It’s about the right fit.”

To be fair, that’s true. The Browns could still take Allen with the No. 4 pick in the draft. Though you might imagine if they feel he could be the one, they’d be inclined to take him No. 1 overall, since they let Deshaun Watson go to the Texans last year, and traded the No. 2 overall pick in 2016 to the Eagles, which was used on Carson Wentz.

For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Mel Kiper does indeed have the Browns taking him with the top pick. But there’s more to it than just that.

He might be the only QB in the draft who actually wants to play for the Browns.

Allen’s comments come after there have been reports in the past few months that both Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen don’t want to play for the Browns.

A report in November from The MMQB’s Albert Breer said that Darnold would want to see who had the top pick or two in the NFL draft, because if it was the Browns he would want to stay. Darnold ended up declaring for the draft anyway. In Dan Kadar’s latest mock draft, he had Darnold going to ... the Cleveland Browns.

In late December, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Rosen had doubts about declaring for the draft if there was a chance the Browns were going to take him, with the franchise not being stable and having started 28 quarterbacks since 1999.

At the very least, we know that Allen would like to. “Given an opportunity of being able to go to Cleveland and help change the culture there and be a part of a really good team... They’re a young team, so they’re going to be really good in the next coming years. They’re doing the right things with their new GM,” he said via NFL.com.

”To get the opportunity to go there and kind of be the guy would be special, but like I said, they’re going to do what’s best for the franchise.”

He’s been exuding confidence since arriving in Mobile.

Allen compared his confidence to a pair of all-time great quarterbacks. “Looking back at guys like [Brett] Favre and [Aaron] Rodgers, they’re not afraid to put it in any spot on the field,” Allen said. “I’ve got kind of the same [gunslinger] mindset.”

But he also wants teams to understand what type of person he is both on and off the field.

“I want them to know that I can understand football terminology. Obviously coming from Wyoming and not playing against the greatest competition week in and week out, I don’t think that has anything to do with football IQ. And I want them to understand that I have a high football IQ and I love this game.

“If there is one thing about me, I do love the game of football and this is the only thing I’ve ever wanted for my entire life – to be an NFL quarterback.”

And let’s be real — you have to be one confident football player to want to play for the Browns after the past 18 seasons and 28 quarterbacks in front of you.

There are still questions surrounding his game.

Allen’s career completion percentage as a starter is just 56.1. He told reporters about the percentage: “I’m way more accurate than that [number] shows.”

When looking at quarterbacks who have been drafted with similar college numbers, it’s not a great look:

He also said Monday on 92.3 The Fan, “Stats are for losers and the one thing I’d like to point out, while at Wyoming, we won games and I definitely think that’s how quarterbacks are judged in the NFL.” Mel Kiper also said something similar.

Wyoming never won more than eight games while he was quarterback. But at the same time, they never won more than five dating back to 2012, so he was part of a turnaround in Laramie.

And while he’s been confident in his abilities, he’s also realistic when it comes to his game. “It’s a tough situation obviously to come in as a rookie and expect to be perfect right away,” he said. “I know that I have a lot of flaws as a quarterback.”

The Browns went 0-16 last season and will have a new offensive coordinator in Todd Haley. Haley’s going to be Hue Jackson’s first offensive coordinator since being in Cleveland.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Allen’s game, to hear a player want to play for the Cleveland Browns is entertaining. How he performs at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine could either help or hurt his case in trying to be the player that turns around the NFL’s longest-suffering franchise.


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