Bills select Clemson DE Shaq Lawson with No. 19 pick [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Scouts view the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Lawson is exceptionally quick and athletic. They also see him as being strong at the point of attack, and using his hands well to separate from blockers.'
Bills take their cue from the Super Bowl champions with Shaq Lawson pick [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Lawson, the 19th overall pick on Friday night, may be precisely the chess piece Buffalo needs to make offensive coordinators shudder. Too often last season, they weren't.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.”'
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.'
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.'
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.’’'
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.”'
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.'
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?"'
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."'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
Why this draft is so critical for the win-now Bills [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I think it’s certainly a tall order,” former Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM and current ESPN analyst Mark Dominik said of this being a transformative draft for the Bills. “They’re fortunate in the fact that they do have a Sammy Watkins on the football team. It looks like they’re very happy with Tyrod Taylor and they’ve got LeSean McCoy (who received a fat pay raise after being acquired from Philadelphia last year), so it’s not like they don’t have any talent.'
Mixed signals make Bills tough to figure [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Contemplating those two issues, I can see how objective fans might feel a bit conflicted about the state of the team. After spending through the nose to go 8-8 last season, are the Bills a true contender or a team in decline?'
Fan-demonium: Long-time season-ticket holder gets the draft call [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 64-year-old Derringer became the winner of a lottery among Bills’ season-ticket holders, and will be the team’s fan representative at the NFL Draft in Chicago.'
Quick outs by Jay Skurski: Draft tidbits and rarities [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '7: Former first-round picks currently on the Bills’ roster: DE Manny Lawson (’06, Bengals), C Eric Wood (’09), DE Jerry Hughes (’10, Colts), DT Marcell Dareus (2011), CB Stephon Gilmore (’12), QB EJ Manuel (’13) and WR Sammy Watkins (’14).'
The Bills and this year's NFL Draft: What you need to know [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills’ special draft event: Team will host a VIP gathering Saturday at (716) Food and Sport, where Bills coaches and the Bills’ first-round pick will announce selections in Rounds 4-5 that will be streamed live on the team’s website, with select picks being broadcast from the event on various NFL media platforms.'
How the Bills have fared over the last five drafts [1:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the case of the Bills, the grade for what they’ve done in the draft since 2011 is better than the 20-year snapshot … but not dramatically. Call it a C. The Bills’ 35-45 record through that stretch is below average, although there at least appears to be somewhat of a foundation, provided largely by the last five drafts, on which the team can build.'
Vic Carucci's 3 Bills thoughts: 'Bama options, QB risks, Brady saga [1:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Let's face it. The best/smartest/safest thing the Bills can do with the 19th overall pick of the draft is use it on a defensive lineman.'
Five positions Bills need to address [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The college game and the NFL game … it’s just completely different,” said Bills director of personnel Jim Monos, referring to the styles of play as much as the obvious gap in talent. “It’s every position. So really, it’s just a completely different game and the challenge is, can you be a good evaluator, do your work well enough to know if he can make it for us? If you’re good evaluators, you’re going to find a guy in any round.”'
What teams ahead of the Bills can play spoiler to the player you want? [1:50 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'So, what teams do you need to be on the lookout for taking the player you want the Bills to select? Here’s a position-by-position look at what teams selecting 9-18 have the most potential to ruin your evening. Obviously teams are listed multiple times because they have multiple needs.'
Free advice for the Bills brain trust [1:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I want them to take a quarterback. I don't think they will but I still want one. I don't necessarily have a guy I prefer. Quite honestly, after Jared Goff and Carson Wenz, its a bunch of guys who need time to develop.'
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