Josh Allen does not believe his draft position will be affected by the appearance of insensitive tweets sent from his Twitter account in 2012 and 2013.
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A handful of deleted tweets of a racially insensitive nature surfaced Wednesday, with Allen admitting he had sent them.
Allen apologized in an interview with ESPN Thursday and, speaking to NFL Network on the red carpet in Dallas, reiterated he has grown as a person since posting the tweets.
OK, he’s not the Big Ten running back everybody’s Brooks Orpik USA Jersey raving about entering this draft. That would be Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. But go back and check out Jackson’s tape, and most importantly, his consistency and production. He’s Northwestern’s all-time leading rusher and became just the ninth player in NCAA history to have four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. And for all the talk about Jackson not being fast enough, he ran a 4.52-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, faster than guys such as Nick Chubb, Bo Scarbrough and Royce Freeman.
Jackson doesn’t have ideal size (193 pounds) and won’t be one of the stronger running backs in the draft, but he’s one of those guys who can do a little bit of everything and will have great value for a mid- to late-round selection. As Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald noted, Jackson can catch the ball, pass-protect, make defenders miss and will probably end up being a terrific special-teams player. He’s also durable and, according to Fitzgerald, never missed a practice in four years. Sounds like somebody who will play for a long time in the NFL.
I can’t believe you guys are booing the Cowboys, Goodell joked during his opening remarks. Come on!
Goodell was booed the entire time he was on the stage up until he announced that Cleveland was on the clock with the first pick. It was the first time the NFL draft was held in a stadium. Goodell estimated the fans inside and outside the stadium to number around 100,000.
Aikman, Witten and Staubach seemed uncomfortable as the boos resounded. The jeers stopped when the three Cowboys legends threw footballs into the crowd. It was Staubach’s idea, according to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. Staubach, 76, threw a tight spiral 25 to 30 yards, and the ball went into the arms of a happy Steelers fan.
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he was glad to see Staubach’s pass go to a Steelers fan, joking, I don’t know how many he did of those in his career, but he did a good job tonight going to Pittsburgh.