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Buffalo Bills News - May 3, 2015

Marker Bills select RB Karlos Williams in the fifth round [1:21 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams started ten games at FSU in 2014 and led the team with 12 touchdowns. He is a converted defensive back, playing on the opposite side of the ball his first two years in Tallahassee. In his two years as a running back, Williams totaled 1419 yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 37 receptions for 328 yards and one touchdown.'

Marker Bills go LB Steward, TE O'Leary in 6th [1:20 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'With their two sixth round selections in the 2015 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills slected linebacker Tony Steward from Clemson and tight end Nick O'Leary of Florida State.'

Marker Bills (likely) wrap up draft with WR Lewis [1:19 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lewis caught 65 passes for 945 yards, and added 9 touchdown receptions last season. had rated Lewis as a potential fourth or fifth-round draft pick.'

Marker 6 things to know about RB Karlos Williams [1:18 AM] reports: 'Karlos Williams was the number one ranked high school safety prospect in the country in 2011, coming out of Davenport, Florida, in the Orlando area. He spent his first two seasons for the Seminoles playing safety and excelling on special teams. In fact, says Williams is “a terrific special teams player who consistently beats opponents down the field.”'

Marker 4 things to know about LB Tony Steward [1:17 AM] reports: 'Steward was a highly recruited linebacker out of Menendez HS in St Augustine, Florida. He was named an All-State performer there and was considered the #1 outside linebacker prospect in his high school class in 2011.'

Marker 6 things to know about TE Nick O'Leary [1:16 AM] reports: 'You probably already know this. Nick O’Leary’s grandfather is the legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. It’s been mentioned in every pre-draft preview and probably in every FSU game telecast the last four years.'

Marker 5 things to know about WR Dezmin Lewis [1:15 AM] reports: 'The Bills were looking to add some stature to their talented WR corps. They’ve got it in Dezmin Lewis. He’s 6-4, 214 pounds, and he’s the tallest receiver on the roster right now. Scouts have noted that Lewis has a knack for using his size to make difficult catches in traffic.'

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May 2, 2015

Marker Bills press the issue on defense [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Needing the tightest coverage possible to implement his aggressive, blitz-oriented defense, Ryan clearly got his way when the Bills used the 50th overall pick in Friday night’s second round to select Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby.'

Marker Addition of a DB fits into new culture [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan didn’t see this draft as a way to add quarterbacks, but to shut them down. He has two main objectives as a defensive mastermind: Sending pass rushers after opposing quarterbacks and having lock-down cornerbacks to hold the fort in the secondary.'

Marker Darby anchored No. 1 Seminoles pass defense [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Darby figures to be a reserve as a rookie. The team has quality veteran depth at cornerback with Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Corey Graham, Nickell Robey, Ron Brooks and Ross Cockrell. The selection of Darby, however, could mean the team moves Graham to safety. Long term, Darby figures to replace McKelvin in the starting lineup, unless the coaching staff determines he is best used in the slot.'

Marker Miller brings toughness up front [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miller fits the ground-and-pound mentality that coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman want to install. He’s got a powerful upper body and strong hands. He will compete for the team’s starting left guard job immediately.'

Marker Bills give Rex Ryan some help on defense [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We had some talks, got close, but nothing came to fruition," said Whaley. "We were excited to move down, but we're more excited to have Darby. Three things: We said at the beginning of the draft we were going to take the best player; we can take a corner every year; and with the additions the other teams have made in this division, we have to keep up in the arms race. But most importantly, we think this guy is a heck of a football player."'

Marker You can never have enough (yawn here) cornerbacks [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher, a player with a borderline first-round grade, was available also, as were all the second-tier of quarterbacks (Brett Hundley, Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson). I would've welcomed a reach on one of them, before a run began.'

Marker Bills stay put to take Darby, Miller [1:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We said at the beginning that we were going to take the best player available and he was the highest-rated player on the board,” Whaley said. “And with the additions other teams have made in this draft in our division, we need to keep up with the arms race. Most importantly, we think this guy is a heckuva football player.”'

Marker Bills corner need with Darby at 50 [1:52 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Darby becomes the ninth cornerback on Buffalo’s roster.'

Marker Grading the Buffalo Bills' pick of Louisville guard John Miller [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Miller addresses a huge need for the Bills on the interior of the offensive line. He's a powerful run blocker with the strength to contribute from day one in Buffalo. General manager Doug Whaley called Miller a "mauler" in the running game and expects him to come in and compete for a starting job.'

Marker Jim Kelly gets standing ovation announcing Buffalo Bills pick in Chicago [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Kelly took a few minutes to thank everyone in his NFL family for their support during his recover. His wife and daughter Erin stood off to the side as he fought through his emotions. The Bills may not have had a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but Kelly made sure the draft will be a memorable one for Buffalo.'

Marker 5 things to know about Buffalo Bills' pick Ronald Darby [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Darby has a bit of a questionable past off the field. He was part of the rape investigation involving teammate and No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston. He refused to testify in Winston's student conduct hearing but signed an affidavit saying he Winston and a woman having consensual sex. Darby and another teammate were accused of "conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment." All of the players involved avoided criminal charges.'

Marker Buffalo Bills select Florida State CB Ronald Darby with 2nd-round pick [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Darby's speed may be his most valuable asset. He was a member of the gold medal-winning USA medley relay at the 2011 World Youth Championships in France as well as a standout sprinter at Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) High School.'

Marker Bills QB Matt Cassel heading to the Kentucky Derby with Tom Brady, other New England Patriots [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills fans can let this slide for now. After all, Cassel did enter the league with the Patriots and played his first four seasons in New England. Plus, who better to party with at the Kentucky Derby than a bunch of Super Bowl champions?'

Marker Buffalo Bills doing 'due diligence' on LSU OT La'el Collins [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Now NFL teams are wondering what to do about this talented player with a potentially serious legal incident following him into the NFL. The Buffalo Bills are a team in desperate need of some help on the offensive line. At the end of the first round, general manager Doug Whaley addressed the media but was non-committal about where the team stands on Collins.'

Marker Za'Darius Smith, Blake Bell among 10 sleepers Buffalo Bills should target on day three [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'In no particular order, here are some potential Bills' targets that are a bit more realistic for the third day of the draft.'

Marker Bills fill needs at cornerback and O-line in NFL draft [1:45 AM]
AP reports: '"Corners, you can never have too much," general manager Doug Whaley said, referring to Darby.'

Marker Bills not ruling out possibility of drafting QB on Saturday [1:44 AM]
AP reports: 'Whaley raised that possibility after saying the expected run on quarterbacks failed to materialize during the second and third rounds of the draft Friday night. Only four quarterbacks have been selected so far.'

Marker Kelly, Butkus, Woods steal show for 2nd round of draft [1:43 AM]
AP reports: '"I want to thank everyone all over the world, especially my NFL family, for all of your prayers," Kelly said before announcing Buffalo's first pick in this draft, Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby at No. 50 overall. "Last year I was in the hospital not knowing if I would be here this year."'

Marker Bills Take CB Darby in 2nd Round [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Darby comes to Buffalo by way of Florida State, where he started all 14 games last season and registered 43 tackles on the to go along with four pass break-ups and a forced fumble.'

Marker Bills Use 3rd Round Pick On Louisville Guard [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Miller made 47 career starts for the Cardinals, all at left guard, but saw plenty of action on the right side, as well. A Justice Administration major at Louisville, Miller figres to compete right away for a starting spot on the Bills opposite Richie Incognito.'

Marker Bills bolster secondary, select Ronald Darby [1:40 AM] reports: '“Well three factors: one we said at the beginning of this thing we were going to take the best player and he was the highest rated player on the board,” said Whaley. “Two, yes the fact that we can take a corner every year. Three, with the additions that the other teams have made this draft in our division, we need to keep up with the arms race, but most importantly we think this guy is a heck of a football player.”'

Marker 5 things to know about Ronald Darby [1:39 AM] reports: 'Darby is also a world class sprinter, having won medals at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics.'

Marker John Miller a 'perfect fit' for Bills offense [1:38 AM] reports: '“We set the board strictly on talent,” said Bills general manager Doug Whaley. “If everything is equal we will go with a need and it just happened this year, the corner (Darby) we didn’t see as a perceived need as much as the other people, we looked at it more as depth. Once you get down to the third, we were actually looking up and Mr. Miller and we had our fingers crossed that he would slide to us. We’re excited and to have a need and to have a good player that you have at the top of the board is a double bonus.”'

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