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Buffalo Bills News - April 30, 2016

Marker Grading the Bills pick of Ohio State's Adolphus Washington [1:37 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'As a player, Washington is a work in progress. During his career at Ohio State, Washington showed off the dominant physical traits that made him a five-star recruit coming out of high school. However, Washington tends to be a streaky player. When he's motivated and playing focused, Washington is tough to block. The Bills are hoping to get that version of Washington more often than the Buckeyes did.'

Marker How does Shaq Lawson fit into Rex Ryan's Buffalo Bills defense? [1:36 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He walks in, day one, starter opposite Jerry Hughes," Whaley said. "So he can set the edge from the outside, he can rush with speed and power and that gives us two nice rushers off the edge. And then you got the push in the middle with our defensive tackles, so I think this is, again, a guy that has the versatility like you said too. Also, when we go nickel or sub, he can go inside and use his quickness on those interior offensive linemen. So I know coach is ecstatic about it just because of what he brings. First day, coming in off the bus, he's starting and (Rex's) mind's going crazy on different ways he can use him."'

Marker Bills love them some Southern bawl players [1:35 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Of the team’s 40 draft selections since 2011 -- the first full draft cycle for Whaley, after the Bills hired him as assistant GM in February 2010 -- 35 played college ball in a traditional Southeast or Southwest state:'

Marker Buffalo Bills draft Reggie Ragland in second round [1:34 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"He's a garbage man in the run game," Dane Brugler, an NFL Draft analyst for CBSSports.com, told AL.com. "He does a lot of dirty work, has quick eyes, can diagnose and can attack. (His) recognition skills are already at an NFL level. He has outstanding timing over the middle as a striker. There's a lot to like about Reggie Ragland as a middle linebacker."'

Marker Reggie Ragland just knew who to call at 1 a.m. after draft snub [1:33 AM]
Birmingham News reports: '"It was a little stressful," Ragland said. "But my family kept me calm. Most of all I kept my dad calm. It was a humbling experience. You think you're going to go somewhere but God has another plan for you. I'm a firm believer of that. That's why I'm going to the Bills."'

Marker Taft High School and Ohio State DT Adolphus Washington drafted by Bills [1:32 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'If it’s possible for an Ohio State player eligible for the NFL Draft to slide under the radar, let alone one who started for three years, that’s the space Adolphus Washington is occupying.'

Marker Bills continue focus on revamping Ryan's defense in draft [1:31 AM]
AP reports: 'Ragland is listed at 6-foot-1 and 247 pounds and was a consensus All-American after he had a team-leading 102 tackles, including 6 1/2 for a loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He was also a finalist to win the Bednarik Award (linebacker of the year) and Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year).'

Marker Bills turning attention to other draft needs, including QB [1:30 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills also lack depth, with former starter EJ Manuel the only other quarterback on their roster.'

Marker Bills release linebacker AJ Tarpley, tight end Jacob Maxwell [1:29 AM]
AP reports: 'The moves were announced Friday, before the Bills resume the NFL draft with a second- and third-round pick. Buffalo has eight picks in the draft, which it opened Thursday by selecting Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson with the 19th pick.'

Marker President of Bill, Sabres passing on NHL draft to focus on football [1:28 AM]
AP reports: 'In Brandon's place, the Sabres are sending amateur scouting director Greg Royce and former spokesman and newly promoted HarborCenter general manager Michael Gilbert to the draft lottery.'

Marker In DE Lawson, Bills got pass rusher they need [1:27 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"Very few times that you go into a draft and have a really big need, and you can fill it with one of the top-rated guys on your board. The guy is standing out there like a sore thumb. We're extremely excited; we never thought he'd get to us at 19 and when it got closer and closer, we all said 'let's keep our mouths shut.'"'

Marker Bills release LB Tarpley, who retired due to concussions [1:26 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills also announced the release of tight end Jacob Maxwell.'

Marker Bills Trade Up For LB Ragland at #41 Overall [1:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Many mock drafts had either Shaq Lawson or Reggie Ragland going to the Bills at #19 overall -- they ended up with both. Buffalo traded up to the 41st pick to grab Ragland, LB out of Alabama and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.'

Marker Bills finish off 1-2 defensive punch with trade up for Ragland [1:24 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Cornelius Bennett. Derrick Thomas. That’s the company of Alabama players Ragland stands next to when it comes to accolades, joining those other two Crimson Tide greats as the only ‘Bama players to named a unanimous All-American. He was also named SEC Defensive Player of the Year last season.'

Marker Bills theme is clear days 1 and 2: Defense, Defense, Defense [1:23 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'By selecting players from Clemson, Alabama, and Ohio State, the Bills grabbed three players who came from three of the winningest programs in college football over their time in school, including three of the four who played for the last two national titles and the past two champions (OSU and Alabama). Whaley says the team likes to have players who come from strong programs and understand what it takes to win against high-level competition.'

Marker Lawson: ''I'm very prepared'' to play right away [1:22 AM]
WGR-AM reports: '“I fit into the scheme,” he said. “They’re going to do a lot of different things with me. I can play either-or (down defensive end or stand-up linebacker), so I’m just ready to get on that field and help this team out and bring a banner back here and bring a Super Bowl back here.'

Marker Bills trade up, grab LB Reggie Ragland in 2nd [1:21 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Ragland played at several linebacker roles throughout his time with the Crimson Tide, but with the roster that the Bills have, the second-round pick will play the weakside inside linebacker role for Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense, according to General Manager Doug Whaley.'

Marker Bills go D...again, draft Ohio St. DL Washington [1:20 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'With yet another pick in the front-seven, even as a third-round pick Adolphus Washington will look to start immediately for the Bills. He'll be in a competition with Corbin Bryant for the honors to start, but they envision him as a player that can not only play early, but one that is versatile as well.'

Marker Bills' Ragland on heart health: I am ready to go [1:19 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"I didn't know anything about it till I got to the draft and they ran some test and said that I was fine. And I still went to a specialist after the draft to see if I was fine, and he said I was fine, said I needed a check once a year. Other than that I am ready to go, ready to play."'

Marker Bills' Washington humbled by prostitute incident [1:18 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: '"You know I told him the God honest truth and he could tell I was telling the truth and he believes in me," Washington told local reporters. "I learned from it and that's what you do, you learn from your mistakes."'

Marker Bills bolster defense with LB Reggie Ragland after trading for 41st pick [1:17 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“We were going to take him at pick 19, so this was a no-brainer,” Whaley said. “He’s a winner and a leader and we need that on our defense.”'

Marker Bills spend 3 picks on defense, draft Adolphus Washington in third round [1:16 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The 300-pound product racked up 49 tackles for the Buckeyes in his final season in 2015. He’s credited with 8.5 sacks in the last two years of his college career.'

Marker Buffalo Bills introduce Shaq Lawson [1:15 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: '“I feel like I went against the best competition. Guys like Ronnie Stanley, guys you are going to see every day in the NFL.Even though after playing behind Vic Beasley, I still be able to do what I do, and coming in day one that was my goal anyway. Coming in there, play and make an impact and get this team back to the playoffs.”'

Marker Bills draft Ragland in second round [1:14 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"He’s a winner and he’s a leader. And he’s going to come into that defense and he’s going to bring something to this defense that we need, and that’s just that knowing how to win," Whaley said. "These last two guys have won national championships or been in national championship games, so we’re bringing in winners. Tough, physical, rough football guys that love to win."'

Marker Bills 3rd pick has arrest record [1:13 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"He admitted it, he owned up to it, he didn’t make any excuses and he knew why it was wrong and why he shouldn’t have done it," Bills GM Doug Whaley said. "He has a plan in place and he has a support system that we felt comfortable with and we were again, well aware of everything. We did the research and figured that this guy’s a guy with the support system we’ve had around in this building and the guys that we brought in, to know that he’ll be surrounded by some guys to lead him in the right way."'

Marker Lawson ready to help Bills make playoffs [1:12 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"I'm very prepared. I'm ready to bring what I bring to the table. A guy who's going to set the edge on the run, a guy who's going to get after the quarterback. I'm just ready to play football," Lawson said. "They're going to do a lot of different things with me. I can play either-or, so I'm just ready to get on that field and help this team out. Coming in day 1, coming in there to play and make an impact and get this team back to the playoffs."'

Marker Bills trade efforts rewarded with prized LB Reggie Ragland [1:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“During the day we contacted every team starting with Cleveland,” said GM Doug Whaley of the team holding the first pick in round two Friday. “We worked our way down until we found a partner in Chicago. As soon as that happened and he was on the board it was a no brainer.”'

Marker DT Washington another brick in Bills defensive wall [1:10 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We wanted to see (who had what) role,” Whaley said. “Adolphus was one of the guys that when he spoke a lot of people listened. He didn’t dominate the conversation, but when he said something, all the guys that were with us paid attention. It taught us, it showed us that he has respect of his teammates.”'

Marker Ragland expected to fill LB role next to Preston Brown [1:09 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I don’t worry about (the critics) because I know I am athletic and the Buffalo Bills decided to draft me because they thought I was athletic,” he said. “So that is the only thing that matters to me… What another guy sitting there talking about me (says) doesn’t matter to me, because I can show the I can play.”'

Marker 5 things to know about LB Reggie Ragland [1:08 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"He's like the Ray Lewis of our defense," Harrison said. "He keeps everybody in line. He makes all the checks, all the calls. He makes sure everybody's on the same page. He really keeps us in line.”'

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