University of Arkansas

Jacksonville Snares Allen In Round 6

Jacksonville drafts Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen in the sixth round of the NFL draft as he becomes the fifth Razorback taken this weekend.

From London With Love.

Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (6-1, 217) was taken in the sixth round of the NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who announced the pick with little British flavor.

The pick, the 201st overall in the draft, was announced on the NFL Network by 2015 Jacksonville draft pick Michael Bennett and Hamish Shiliday, a contest winner that announced the pick from the Tower Bridge in London.

The duo was supposed to announce the Jaguars earlier pick - the 146th overall - but it was traded.

I'm really happy to be taken by Jacksonville," Allen said. "It's a great organization and I got a chance to work with them at the Senior Bowl. I am real fired up about it."

Allen thinks the week that he got to work with the Jags at the Senior Bowl will help his transition.

"I've already got a very small install of the offense and all that so that will be good," Allen said. "I basically have a head start on it. I'm excited to see what I can do.

"...When I met with Jacksonville at the Senior Bowl some of their terminology was the same as in my past. It was easy to remember and easy to recall."

Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley was happy to land Allen and noted that offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett were as well.

"I was really impressed by him,"  Bradley said. "His leadership where he took control of the offense. I think both Nathaniel and Greg Olson really liked him. We spent quite a bit of time looking at him because we thought there might be a chance where we would take a quarterback. We didn't know where it would show up in the draft, but when it presented itself.

"I think we really liked his skill set. I think some people looked at his height, but that was not a factor so much with us. He looked really good in that room, too."

The Jags have had just two quarterbacks on their active roster the last several years, but Bradley did not rule out keeping a third one on the roster this season.

"Yes, we could," Bradley said.

Allen looks forward to learning from the quarterbacks already there.

"I think some of the best situations that a quarterback can be in is where they have a starter that you can learn from in front of them," Allen said. "I think that is the most ideal situation - to go into the league and learn from someone that's been playing and get better from them."

Allen, a three-year starter for the Razorbacks, passed for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season.

He passed for 7,463 yards with 64 touchdowns and 26 interceptions and completed 57.4 percent of his passes in his Arkansas career.

Allen was the first offensive player taken by the Jaguars in the 2016 drafter after taking five defensive players.

"They obviously have a pair of guys already there that are big-time guys and I am just excited to get the opportunity," Allen said. "...I did not even know that Jacksonville was looking for a quarterback. I had no idea where I was going. I had heard anywhere from the third round to undrafted."

Jacksonville's starting quarterback is Blake Bortles while his back-up is Chad Henne.

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