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Buffalo Bills News - April 27, 2017

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Draft thoughts: Reuben Foster at 10 a bad message, a sleeper option & Chad [5:59 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That’s because McDermott has preached the importance of character when evaluating college prospects, and Foster comes with some significant off-the-field concerns. He was booted from the NFL Scouting Combine for getting into an altercation with a hospital worker, and apparently had a diluted urine test, which would put him in the NFL’s substance-abuse program and subject him to random drug testing.'

Marker Jay Skurski's final Bills-only seven-round mock draft [5:59 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Third round, 75th overall: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: Buffalo Bills' Sean McDermott discusses possibility of trading down [5:51 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"It's been ongoing," coach Sean McDermott said.. "It's exciting. Everything you read about, the fans see that's what's going on right now. We've had a lot of conversations. We are in a good spot, a healthy spot. We're not too high and we're not too low, so we like where we are. There are a lot of people trying to get into where we are, so we feel like we're in a good spot right now."'

Marker NFL Mock Draft 2017: Predicting all 7 Buffalo Bills picks (final version) [5:51 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Marlon Humphrey, cornerback, Alabama.'

Marker NFL Draft 2017: 12 best options for Buffalo Bills' No. 10 pick [5:50 PM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The options are plentiful. You could make a case for as many as 20 different players to be the No. 10 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. We narrowed the list down to 10 ranked in order of the best options for the Bills. We didn't include Myles Garrett, the Texas A&M pass rusher who will likely come off the board No. 1 or shortly thereafter.'

Marker 10 things I think about the NFL Draft [5:44 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Patrick Mahomes could flame out and never be a starting caliber quarterback in the NFL. But of all the QBs in this class, he has the best chance to be great. He’s the ultimate high boom-high bust potential QB.'

Marker Teams conducting healthy dialogue with Bills about 10th pick [5:41 PM] reports: '“It’s been ongoing,” said head coach Sean McDermott. “It’s exciting. Everything you read about, the fans see that’s what’s going on right now. We’ve had a lot of conversations. We are in a good spot, a healthy spot. We’re not too high and we’re not too low, so we like where we are. There are a lot of people trying to get into where we are, so we feel like we’re in a good spot right now.”'

Marker Bills Today: Thurman Thomas to announce Bills 2nd round pick [5:39 PM] reports: 'Another former Bills player will also be announcing the team’s third-round selection. Former safety Bryan Scott will step to the lectern to reveal Buffalo’s third-round pick Friday night.'

Marker It’s a different Bills dynamic on draft day [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'McDermott has become the Bills’ “One Voice,” but since he hasn’t coached a game and is learning about this year’s college talent on the fly, his comments were restricted to vague generalities.'

Marker Receiver vs. cornerback should give Bills plenty to debate with top pick [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"And if you have two players at positions of need, who's the best player?" former Bills general manager, Hall-of-Famer, and current ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian said. "And if everything is plus-plus and it's a tie, then who's the most likely to succeed. But I don't think at 10 you get there. At 10, even in this draft, where there's a lot of ifs, that's a guy most likely to succeed."'

Marker Report: Bills scouts expecting changes after the draft [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We are all getting fired next week," an anonymous Bills scout was quoted as saying in the PFT report.'

Marker How much sense does QB make for Bills in first round? [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They could also wait until the middle rounds, although Gabriel doesn't think that would be wise.'

Marker John Vogl's Power Take: Pegula developed a knack for building Buffalo [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Pegula has been the catalyst for a $635 million investment in Canalside. That includes Wednesday’s announcement of a Labatt restaurant and brewery in a Pegula-owned building across from KeyBank Center.'

Marker Tim Graham's Power Take: Bills scouting department overdue for overhaul [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Retaining Whaley and his scouts, many of whom pre-date predecessor Buddy Nix, will help the Bills get through the draft, which runs through Saturday. Then it will be time for McDermott to install evaluators he trusts.'

Marker Jay Skurski's final mock draft: Bills accomplish one of their goals [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'v13. Buffalo Bills (from Arizona). Mike Williams, WR, Clemson. With three quarterbacks gone – as well as Howard – the Bills stay true to their love of the ACC by taking Williams, who immediately takes over as the No. 2 receiver and provides some insurance in case Sammy Watkins isn’t able to stay healthy.'

Marker NFL Draft preview: New coaches usually get their way [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“This is absolutely a team effort,” he said. “One hundred percent a team effort. Doug and I have had great meetings. He's keeping me abreast as to the situation, as far as evaluating the players. He and his staff line things up for us in a nice way so we can have productive, healthy meetings, so we can come up with the right players for this organization moving forward.”'

Marker Walt Patulski: Draft-bust label made him feel like 'a prisoner on death row' [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When you Google Patulski, you won't see that, despite a contentious relationship with Bills coach Lou Saban and his arrival on a sorry defense, Patulski led the team with five sacks as a rookie in 1972 and recorded a career-high seven sacks.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: Texas RB D'Onta Foreman [1:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He moves well for a big man. Despite being 6-1, 233, Foreman's athleticism is described as "outstanding" by scouts. His size allows him to convert in short yardage, but he's got the speed to pull away from defenses. His stamina is excellent too – he rarely wore down despite a massive workload.'

Marker Uber has big backer, partner in Pegulas and their teams [1:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Obviously, as an individual that is involved with a couple sports franchises, it will have a massive impact with Sabres games and Bills games. I’m a frequent user on the road, and it’s been a really rewarding experience.”'

Marker Maiorana: Here's what Buffalo Bills should do in first three rounds [1:49 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'So here we are again, another draft where the Bills have a bevy of needs that must be filled, and they can’t afford to whiff on any of the seven picks they currently have, especially in the first round whether they stay at No. 10 or move down.'

Marker Buffalo Bills draft memories: What a long strange trip it's been [1:48 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I can divide this history of marketing hope and stoking Super Bowl dreams one weekend each year into two eras: Before Polian/Butler and After Polian/Butler.'

Marker 2017 NFL Mock Draft: 7 rounds of Buffalo Bills predictions (version 6.0) [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Round 1, pick 10: Corey Davis, wide receiver, Western Michigan.'

Marker 'Unlikely' Buffalo Bills target a QB with pick 10 in 2017 NFL draft (report) [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Leading up to the draft, Buffalo worked out Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer and Patrick Mahomes with owner Terry Pegula present. Bills GM Doug Whaley was also reportedly 'in love' with Clemson's Deshaun Watson during the draft process.'

Marker Buffalo Bills scouts reportedly preparing for 'house cleaning' following NFL Draft [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Why would the Bills wait until now when some teams fired their general managers and other scouts after the season? After the draft, there's no more work to be done on the NFL Draft. Those scouts have spent the entire season studying prospects while traveling with the Bills' money. If they were fired in January, they could take that information to another team.'

Marker BDN Draft Day final mock draft [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina.'

Marker PFT report: Bills scouts expect house cleaning after draft [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'According to the report, PFT contacted the Bills and were given the following statement in return: “Right now, our focus is on the preparation for this week’s draft. Like every year, evaluations of our player personnel staff take place following the draft. And this year will be no different.”'

Marker Report: Bills scouts believe they'll be fired [1:42 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'It continues to appear, almost with every passing day, that head coach Sean McDermott has close to complete control over at One Bills Drive. Whaley didn't want Tyrod Taylor, McDermott did, and Taylor is back. Heck, the Bills haven't even decided on giving Sammy Watkins his fifth-year option yet, which if it were up to Whaley, probably would have been done before now because of how much he invested in Watkins in the first place.'

Marker Joe B: NFL Mock Draft -- Final Cut (4/26/17) [1:41 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'LB/EDGE Haason Reddick, Temple.'

Marker Bills Today: Savage takes final crack at QB class [1:40 AM] reports: '“In all honesty guys, I do think this is a very mediocre quarterback class,” he said.'

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April 26, 2017

Marker Jerry Sullivan: Why it's (yet another) critical draft for the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They lost their best cornerback, two starting safeties, their second and third wideouts, a starting defensive tackle, the league's most productive backup running back and their No. 2 quarterback (if you care about EJ Manuel).'

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