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Buffalo Bills News - April 29, 2016

Marker Bills play the need card with Lawson [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The draft board fell right for the Bills. When they picked at No. 19, three of the most talented defensive players were still available: Lawson, Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. Paxton Lynch, the third-rated quarterback, was also on the board.'

Marker Transcript of Bills GM Doug Whaley following drafting of Shaq Lawson [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Medical staff cleared him, said he can play. Now, if something happens, it’s going to happen, but it’s nothing that we’re real worried about or we wouldn’t have taken him. We got complete faith in our medical staff and they signed off on him, so we’re excited to have him.'

Marker Transcript of Shaq Lawson's comments after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I got a lot of experience as a standup guy. I played standup linebacker in high school, played standup at Clemson. Man I am comfortable with it, I am going to be ready to go.'

Marker Clemson's co-DC Marion Hobby on Shaq Lawson: 'He’s an every-down player' [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I don’t want to label that guy as a pass rusher. He’s an every-down player. The guy I’m familiar with that he reminds me of is Shaun Ellis. Shaun Ellis has that great size and great twitch. He played a long time in the NFL. Could’ve played 4-3, could’ve played 3-4. And Charles Grant. He’s another guy who had pass-rush ability but he could play the run and was just a big, physical end.”'

Marker 5 Things to know about first-round pick Shaq Lawson [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is a red flag here. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that after next season, Lawson would need shoulder surgery that'd sideline him "4-6 months" at some point. The Bills aren't concerned. Whaley said that the team's medical staff cleared Lawson and that they aren't worried at all. "It's nothing that we're really worried about," the GM said, "or we wouldn't have taken him." Buffalo must keep an eye on it, of course.'

Marker Buffalo Bills take Clemson's Shaq Lawson in first round [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Lawson was projected to be a mid-round pick, and it was a dicey proposition whether he would get to the Bills, but in a draft that has been said to be deep in defensive linemen, only three went before Lawson.'

Marker Shaq Lawson to Bills? That was easy [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Very few times can you go into a draft and have a really big need and the guy standing out like sore thumb is the guy you want and it fills that need,’’ said Whaley, who repeated the sore thumb line later on. “We’re extremely excited.’’'

Marker Bills select Lawson with 19th pick [1:50 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“He only had one college season as a full-time starter, but played a significant role in a rotation his first two years. Lawson can play end in a 3-4, or 4-3 but needs to get a little bigger to play in a 3-4. He has excellent overall athleticism and a tremendous upside.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills pick Shaq Lawson in 1st round [1:49 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Some think Lawson is best suited for a 4-3 scheme, but Lawson should be able to stay productive as a 3-4 pass rusher. The question is where the Bills will play him. With Jerry Hughes as one edge rusher and Manny Lawson playing strong-side linebacker, Lawson may be asked to move around the formation a bit. He may not have the size to play as a down lineman in the 3-4, but Ryan likes to find different ways to use players.'

Marker Will Bills' first-round pick Shaq Lawson need shoulder surgery? [1:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, there's no truth to Adam Schefter's report about me having surgery. I don't know where that comes from. I guess he just wanted to put something out there. If I didn't have surgery my freshman year, why would I have surgery now?"'

Marker How Bills' first-rounder Shaq Lawson overcame loss of father [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He impacted a lot. He made me a man. He made me the man I was today. I had to step up a lot when he passed away, being a father figure for my little brothers and sisters. I was being there for them. So he impacted me a whole lot."'

Marker ESPN, NFL Network analysts like Bills' pick of Shaq Lawson [1:46 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"If you want a visual, think Brian Orakpo, best-case scenario a Tamba Hali. I don't think he's got Tamba's get-off and first step, but he's got heavy hands. He'll fit that scheme because he can play inside or outside, up or down. And you know how Rex likes those chess pieces that he can play with on third down packages."'

Marker Grading the Buffalo Bills pick of Clemson's Shaq Lawson [1:45 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The biggest question surrounding Lawson was a shoulder injury that required a medical recheck. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the shoulder will require surgery at some point, likely after the 2016 season. However, the surgery will keep him out 4-6 months whenever he chooses to have it.'

Marker Bills draft Shaq Lawson in first-round [1:44 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The initial belief is that Lawson can play through the injury and have the surgery next offseason.'

Marker Clemson's Lawson becomes latest Bill [1:43 AM]
Greenville News reports: 'Buffalo is in dire need of an edge pass rusher, and Lawson fits that bill. Buffalo ranked 31st out of 32 teams in the NFL last season with only 21 sacks.'

Marker Clemson DE Shaq Lawson drafted by Buffalo Bills in first round [1:42 AM]
Charleston Post and Courier reports: 'Second-year Buffalo head coach Rex Ryan is an avid Clemson fan – his son, Seth, is a walk-on wide receiver for the Tigers.'

Marker Bills select Shaq Lawson to lead off Clemson’s 2016 draft [1:41 AM]
Anderson Independent Mail reports: 'Including Lawson, the Bills have now drafted six Clemson players since 2010, more than any other team in the league. He is the third Bills first-round pick from Clemson in that span, joining 2010 No. 9 overall pick C.J. Spiller and 2014 No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins. Of the previous picks, only Watkins and 2013 fifth-round pick Jonathan Meeks are still on the Bills roster.'

Marker Lawson highest ever draft pick from Daniel [1:40 AM]
Seneca Daily Journal reports: 'He had to wait a little longer to hear his name called than most projected, but Shaq Lawson still made Daniel High School history on Thursday night.'

Marker Rex Ryan's Clemson connection leads to Bills drafting Lawson [1:39 AM]
AP reports: '"It was the best pre-draft meeting I had," Lawson said. "Everybody else's meetings were uptight and asking me who the fourth president was. And when I went in their meeting room, I just felt laidback. They were talking to me about football."'

Marker Bills Grab Lawson at #19 Overall [1:38 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The 21-year-old is 6'3", 249 pounds and exits Clemson after three years, including his junior season which saw him rack up 12.5 sacks. A consensus All-American and first-team All ACC member, Lawson also finished with 25.5 tackles for loss in 2015.'

Marker In Lawson, Bills match value and need [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Lawson is a very good fit for a Bills team that was near the bottom of the league in getting to the passer last season and then released defensive end Mario Williams. The Bills need someone to play the edge as much, if not more, than any other spot on the field. And Lawson is one of the best in this draft.'

Marker Shaq: ''No truth'' to report of pending shoulder surgery [1:36 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'In a conference call with the Buffalo media, Lawson said there is “no truth whatsoever” to that report, but did say he’s had a minor right shoulder injury since his freshman year, but that it’s never been something that’s bothered him.'

Marker Bills select DE Shaq Lawson with 19th overall pick [1:35 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'The 21-year-old was a star a season ago, setting a new career high with 12.5 sacks and led the country with 25.5 tackles for loss to lead the Tigers to an undefeated regular season, ACC title and trip to the national championship game.'

Marker Bills draft pass rusher Shaq Lawson [1:34 AM]
WROC-TV reports: '"Very few times you can go into a draft and have a really big need and that guy standing out like a sore thumb is the guy you want and the guy that fills that need," Whaley said. "We never thought he would drop to us at 19, and when it got closer and closer, we all said let's keep our mouth shut."'

Marker Shaq Lawson: Buffalo feels like home [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It was the best pre-draft meeting I had,” Lawson said. “Everybody else’s meeting was up tight, asking you who the fourth president was. When I went into that meeting room I just felt laid back. Talking to me about football and things like that.”'

Marker 5 things to know about 1st-round pick Shaq Lawson [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It taught me some strong values, about being responsible, about having some life structure," Lawson told NFL.com. "The most important lesson I got out of it was time management. You were up early every day for PT (physical training), your face had to be shaved, your shoes had to be shined."'

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April 28, 2016

Marker With holes to fill, Bills need to ace draft [4:11 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'The Bills are likely to go defense when they make the 19th pick tonight, with filling a hole somewhere in the front seven a top priority. The Bills are going all-in on Rex Ryan’s 3-4 scheme this year, but the linebacker corps as it stands today is one of the thinnest positions on the roster. Bradham is an Eagle, A.J. Tarpley retired and Tony Steward was cut. Manny Lawson and Preston Brown are the only returning backers who made any impact in 2015, and Brown’s sophomore season was uneven.'

Marker Draft lottery full of uncertainty [2:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'With 10 minutes allowed between picks, Buffalo’s choice figures to come around 11 p.m.'

Marker Bills enter draft with holes to fill [2:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Every draft you’ve got to find difference makers,” Whaley said. “Every draft you’ve got to try and hit on as many guys as possible. The internal pressure to hit on a draft is what drives us. We’re excited about it and we accept that challenge.'

Marker Bills, yet again, wrestle with the QB conundrum [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Not good enough to make the postseason, not bad enough to land a franchise savior. That’s the story for an entire generation of fans. Heck, the year they started 0-8 — and were in love with Cam Newton — they finished a noble 4-4.'

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