BEREA: Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen became embroiled in controversy on the eve of the NFL Draft for using offensive language, including racial slurs, in several tweets made in 2012 and 2013 when he was a student at Firebaugh High School in California’s Central Valley.

The N-word was used in some of the tweets, which circulated online late Wednesday night and were captured by Yahoo! Sports before they were deleted. Ultimately, they didn’t seem to hurt the quarterback whose predicted landing spot varied.

Allen, who many predicted would be the Browns’ choice with the first overall selection Thursday night, landed with the Buffalo Bills with the seventh overall pick.

Thursday afternoon, Allen expressed remorse to ESPN draft analyst Chris Mortensen.

“If I could go back in time, I would never have done this in a heartbeat,” Allen told Mortensen. “At the time, I obviously didn’t know how harmful it was and now has become.

“I hope you know and others know I’m not the type of person I was at 14 and 15 that I tweeted so recklessly. ... I don’t want that to be the impression of who I am because that is not me. I apologize for what I did.”

An unnamed team with a top-five pick told Adam Schefter it hadn’t been aware of the tweets and had “never heard anything but positives” about Allen. As of Thursday afternoon, no NFL team had reached out about the tweets, Allen told Mortensen, a fact that foreshadowed what happened later in the evening.

On the red carpet from Arlington, Texas, where the 2018 draft is being held, a contrite Allen again apologized multiple times during an interview with ESPN’s Suzy Kolber.

“It’s not the way I want to be remembered,” he told her an hour before the draft kicked off.

He said it was important to show that is not who he is now and while taking responsibility, promised to use the situation as a learning movement and as a way to teach other young athletes.

He said he’s looking to move forward.

“My friends are here [in Dallas],” he said. “It’s still going to be a good night.”

It turns out he was right. It appears that Allen’s faux pas did little to hurt him as he was the third quarterback taken in the draft after the Browns selected Baker Mayfield at No. 1 and the Jets selected USC’s Sam Darnold with the third overall pick. The Bills made a move to go get him, trading this year’s No. 12 and two second-rounders to move up to No. 7 and draft him.

A mixture of relief, elation and, again, contrition appeared to engulf his face.

“I’m ready to come win,” he told Kolber after he left the stage. “I’m ready to go to work.”

As for the message he’d convey to teammates who might be wary given the very recent controversy?

“I want them to know I’m going to be the best teammate possible,” he told Kolber.

Of the four projected first-round quarterbacks, UCLA’s Josh Rosen was the last to go at No. 12 to the Arizona Cardinals.

Something to talk about

The Browns’ No. 4 overall pick, former Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Denzel Ward, a 5-foot-10⅞, 183-pound cornerback, could have something to talk about when he and No. 1 overall draft pick quarterback Baker Mayfield likely meet Friday during interviews.

Mayfield, 6-1, 215 pounds, didn’t endear himself to Buckeye Nation after his Oklahoma Sooners picked Ohio State apart in Columbus during a Sept. 9 game last fall. After claiming a win, the Sooners quarterback took his team’s flag and planted it the middle of the field on Ohio State’s block “O.”

“I definitely love and respect Baker Mayfield’s competitive nature,” said Ward, a Macedonia native. “I obviously didn’t like the planting of the flag at Ohio State, but we’re on the same team now. So we’ve got a new mission to accomplish.”

Mayfield agreed.

He said he’s looking forward to playing with Ward and moving forward. He understands that he may have rubbed Ohio State fans the wrong way.

“It was an emotional win, one that I had burned in my memory after they came and absolutely crushed us on our own home field [the previous season],” Mayfield said. “It was an emotional win. It shouldn’t have happened at mid-field. I’m looking forward to hoping I can change some of the opinions they have and now we’re all in it together.”

Trade talk

The Browns have shopped cornerback Jamar Taylor and tight end Randall Telfer, a league source told the Beacon Journal/Ohio.com on Thursday. Taylor and Telfer were full-time starters for the Browns last season. On Wednesday, NFL Network reported Taylor could be dealt.

Why the Browns considered the move became apparent after they drafted Ward.

This offseason, Browns General Manager John Dorsey has traded five veterans he inherited: quarterbacks DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and cornerback Jason McCourty.

Another Buckeye goes

Billy Price, a 6-4, 305-pound center, became the second Ohio State player drafted. He, too, will remain in state as the Cincinnati Bengals took him with the 21st overall pick in the first round.

George M. Thomas can be reached at gmthomas@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GeorgeThomasABJ.