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Buffalo Bills News - April 27, 2017

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]
BuffaloBills.com 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).'

Marker Bucky Gleason: Gillislee the latest example of Bills' loss becoming Pats' gain [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills fans must be shuddering at the notion of Gillislee playing against them twice a year, knowing the Pats rarely make mistakes in evaluation and don't compound them when they do. Bill Belichick has a specific role waiting for Gillislee. It's only a matter of time before the Bills' loss becomes the Patriots' gain.'

Marker 3 reasons the Bills should draft: East Carolina WR Zay Jones [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jones' college stats jump off the page – he set the NCAA record for most receptions in a career (399) and the single-season record with 158 catches in 2016, which went for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns. A first- or second-team All-American by most media outlets, he was also a first-team American Athletic Conference selection.'

Marker Jim Kelly honored at New York gala [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jim Kelly received the "Leadership in Health Award" for his for his courageous battles with cancer and his work with his two foundations, Hunter’s Hope, which aims to raise awareness of Krabbe Leukodystrophy and search for a cure, and Kelly for Kids, which serves disadvantaged and disabled youth in Buffalo, New York.'

Marker Bills should find an ace in a deep draft for cornerbacks [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I certainly understand where you’re coming from on that, but we’re going to look at every position to improve this football team,” said coach Sean McDermott, honoring the long-standing NFL tradition of being as vanilla as possible, especially at this time of the year.'

Marker Rookie coach McDermott's voice gains prominence with Bills [1:54 AM]
AP reports: '"I think if you go out into the parking lot and you look at my car and the type of car I drive, I think you'd see that I'm not into flash. I drive a pickup truck," McDermott said. "We're going to do the right thing for this organization. If it's a flashy guy, it's a flashy guy for the right reasons. If it's not, so be it."'

Marker Bills best/worst-case draft scenarios [1:53 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Two quarterbacks and two running backs go in the first nine picks. Then within the other four there is one surprise (a player not listed above). That would leave four picks before the Bills selection and Garrett, Thomas, Adams, Hooker, Lattimore, and Howard all still available.'

Marker The McDermott prototype? 5 cornerbacks Bills could target on Day Two [1:52 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'When it comes to the boundary cornerbacks, it’s clear what McDermott looks for in his cornerbacks. They need the height, they need the weight, they need to be able to tackle well, they don’t have to necessarily run all that fast in the 40-yard dash, and they have to be long-limbed.'

Marker Cornerback or safety for Bills at 10? History suggests you think again [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Out of 25 defensive backs over the last 18 years, how many were a first round pick? One.'

Marker Top 6 from Facebook Live with G Richie Incognito [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'To prove his best friend wrong, Richie demonstrated on Facebook that he can bend down and not only touch his toes while keeping his legs straight, but also place his entire palms flat on the turf. (watch around the 6:50 mark to see for yourself) He credits his high school football coach, who was also the school’s track coach, for inspiring his passion for staying flexible.'

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