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Boomer-“Bills are the most relevant”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 5, 2015 – 3:25 pm

Over the years, when he was playing QB for the Bengals and Jets, Boomer Esiason was well aware of how dominant the Buffalo Bills were in the AFC.

Now as a radio host and commentator for SI.com, Esiason is ready to sing the praises of the 2015 edition of the Bills.

“There’s really one team that has been piquing my interest significantly since the day they hired their new coach,” Esiason said on a recent SI.com video commentary. “That is the Buffalo Bills.  If you’re a Bills fan, you have every reason to be excited.”

“You have a great personality as a coach, you are going to have a great defense, you’ve added great offensive weapons, and I think this is a team that should win at least 9-10 games,” Esiason continued.

“I still think it will be a struggle in the division, because this division, the AFC East, is starting to look at lot like the NFC West did about 5-6 years ago as they were building defenses. It all comes down to defensive lines, and the Buffalo Bills will have one of the best in the NFL, if not the best.”

“That’s the one team at this point that seems to be the most relevant—the Buffalo Bills,” he said.

Click here to view the Esiason SI.com report


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Carrington: “I’m a Bill again and happy”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 4, 2015 – 9:33 pm

 

Recapping the busy weekend here at One Bills Drive. Complete Draft coverage including thoughts from ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley also looked back at his 2015 Draft class. The team released the list of undrafted signees, which we ran down to begin the show. They also announced the signing of defensive tackle Alex Carrington. Carrington returns with for his second stint with the team. He was drafted by the Bills back in 2010 and left for St. Louis in free agency last year. He joined us at the bottom of the second hour.

darby-storyBills second round pick Ronald Darby stopped by our studios. The former Florida State cornerback arrived here in Buffalo on Saturday to take a tour of the facilities, pick out his new jersey, and even check out his locker. Darby talked about his first impressions after being selected 50th overall, his relationship with former Seminole EJ Manuel, and his impressive speed. He then looked ahead to this week’s rookie minicamp and discussed why it’s important to make a good first impression in front of his new teammates and coaches.

“I’m going to try and get involved right away. Go out there and compete, get sideline to sideline, show my hips, give effort, and just learn fast. That’s what it’s all about when you want to be a player and contribute right away. I want to get in where I fit in.”

oleary-story-jackThe Bills have loaded up with Florida State talent in recent years. We brought in Safid Deen, Florida State football beat reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Deen talked about the high number of NFL players that program has produced in recent years. He went on to discuss the Bills three FSU selections, including Ronald Darby, who he says will be a good compliment here in Buffalo under Rex Ryan. When it came to 5th round pick Karlos Williams, Deen said that the defensive player turned running back is still learning but has “freakish athleticism.” Finally, Nick O’Leary, the tight end chosen in the 6th round. Deen mentioned O’Leary’s impact in the Florida State offense last season.

“He was the second leading receiver on this team last season, only behind the school’s all-time leading receiver. He was one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets. He rarely dropped the ball in the endzone. I think he will learn a lot playing behind Charles Clay this season. He was one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets and could be the same for EJ Manuel or whoever else is the starting QB for the Bills next season.”

carringtonAs mentioned above, Alex Carrington called in to round out the show. Carrington talked about his return to Buffalo, his role in the front line rotation, and his eagerness to work with defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. He went on to talk about his impact on special teams where he was force during his time here, making his mark blocking field goal kicks and extra points.

“You get a knack for it and you can tell where it’s going to be weak after a little film study. You can tell where the line will be a little vulnerable. There’s some technique in there but my old special teams coach said ‘If you never rush a kick, you’ll never block one but if you always rush you have a chance to block one.’ I learned that my rookie year and keep that in mind and just go hard, man.”

To hear more from Carrington and the rest of Monday’s John Murphy Show, click here.


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Bills on the radio

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2015 – 6:44 pm

Here’s where you can find one of Buffalo’s draft choices from this pat weekend on the local radio airwaves Tuesday morning. 

9 am – John Miller on Kiss 98.5

9:10 am – John Miller on WGR 550


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Whaley: drafting to beat division a factor

Posted by Chris Brown on May 4, 2015 – 6:30 pm

In the wake of the 2015 NFL draft Bills GM Doug Whaley talked about how the actions of dIvision opponents can impact draft decisions at times. 

Appearing on NFL Network Whaley in explaining the Bills’ choice of CB Ronald Darby in round two had a couple of reasons. First and foremost Darby was the top player on their board at the time. Second the NFL has largely become a passing league. His last point however, dear with the AFC East clubs the Bills will face twice a season.

“I think when you look at your board, if everything is close between the two players, you’ll go with a need player or a guy that helps you win the division,” said Whaley. “Because to make the playoffs for sure, you have to win your division. So that’s the first stated goal of our team.”
With the Dolphins and Jets both reloading at receiver this offseason and the Patriots one of theist productive passing teams in football, grabbing a highly touted cornerback capable of playing press man could prove valuable should injury strike the position. 


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Darby meets his match-at One Bills Drive

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 2, 2015 – 2:15 pm

Bills first draft pick Ronald Darby spent some time Saturday at One Bills Drive, fulfilling media obligations, meeting his coaching staff, and taking a look around the complex.

After visiting the locker room in the Ad Pro Sports Fieldhouse, Darby took a look inside the field house itself, and saw Bills WR Marquise Goodwin working out on his own.

Goodwin stopped his workout to come over and shake hands with Buffalo’s 2nd round draft pick and talk about their shared sports–football, and track.

Darby was an elite track performer in high school and was part of the USA medley relay gold medal winning team at the World Youth Championships four years ago. Goodwin, of course, was a two-time NCAA Long Jump Champion and finished 10th in the long jump at the Olympics in London.

“He’s a player I truly respect for his speed and being the player he is,” Darby said of Goodwin, after the two talked in the field house. ” When I get here I’m going to train with him when it comes to speed things. He can teach me a lot, help me get faster.”

It’s hard to imagine Darby getting much faster. He was clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

“There’s always things you can do, more flexibility, the stuff he(Goodwin)  was doing, bounding, help with the jumping, help with the stride length, the frequencies, there’s a lot of things you can do,” Darby said.

What about the prospect of a race, a 100-yard dash competition between Darby and Goodwin?

“I don’t duck any races.  But I think he’ll get me.  That’s an Olympian. I know my place.”


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#28 is special for Ronald Darby

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 2, 2015 – 1:42 pm


Bills 2nd round draft pick Ronald Darby was whisked into Buffalo this morning to meet the coaching staff, talk to  the media, and get a look at his new surroundings.

He also got a chance to look over his new Bills jersey–with the number 28.

It’s a number that means a lot to Darby. He grew up on the outskirts of Washington in Oxon Hill, Maryland, and he grew up a Redskins fan. His favorite player growing up? Redskins Hall of Famer CB Darrell Green.

Green played 20-seasons for Washington, from 1983 to 2002.  He was 11-years into his career when Darby was born. But Ronald Darby remembers Green from his earliest days as a pro football fan.

’”I’m not too young,” Darby said today at One Bills Drive. “You always know greatness.  I was a Redskin fan growing up.  Just to get 28, it must be a calling with me looking up at Darrell Green.  And I usually don’t wear even numbers, but I was like I’m going to take a shot with number 28.”

Darby and Green share more than just the same jersey number.  They were both track stars growing up, and Green was long regarded as the fastest man in the NFL during his career.

Darby identifies with that, and with the 20-year career Green built in the league.

“He could run,” Darby says, “and he could run for a long, long time, too.”


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Darby has blazing speed

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 10:05 pm

At the combine, Bills 2nd round draft pick Ronald Darby was clocked at 4.38 in the forty yard dash.  But according to him, that’s nothing.

Moments after being selected by the Bills, Darby was a guest on The John Murphy Show Friday night. He says the 4.38 clocking in Indy was good enough for him and he chose not to run at his pro day in Tallahassee.

Darby was part of the gold-medal winning USA medley relay team at the 2011 World Youth Championship track meet in France four years ago, while he was still in high school.

“I was all world in track in high school,” he told host John Murphy. “My time was  4.31, unofficial 4.32. So I chose not to run the 40-at my pro day.”

Darby was asked what he brings to the Bills at the cornerback spot.

“Just my coverage skills and of course my speed,” he said. “You gotta be blessed with that, and then you can really play.  That’s what I bring. I go out there and cover, go out there and make sure my receiver doesn’t catch any balls and make plays.”

 


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Whaley says OT ranks “thinned out”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 6:10 pm

There were seven offensive linemen selected last night in the first round of the NFL draft. Five of them were tackles.

And as he gets set for Buffalo’s first two picks in the draft Friday night, Bills GM Doug Whaley says the ranks of the top offensive tackles have been depleted.

“It’s thinned out a little bit,” Whaley told the John Murphy Show late Friday afternoon. “There’s still a couple there.  The next core of tackles will go pretty early in the second round, in my opinion.”

Whaley may be talking about Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings and Oregon’s Jake Fisher who went undrafted in last night’s first round.

Whaley thinks there’s a potential for a run on guards during tonight’s second round of the draft. And he believes runs on positional groups usually occur around the offensive line positions.

“It’s one of those things—once one goes, everybody gets kind of nervous thinking, ‘If I wait out this round, I don’t know if I’ll be able to get him next round.’  So you have to jump and pull the trigger,” he said.

“That’s the type of position, that if you like something about the guy, you might as well go ahead and get him and work with him. If he pans out, great. If not, you get one next year.”

The entire interview with Bills GM Doug Whaley will air tonight at 7pm on The John Murphy Show.

 

 

 

 

 


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Whaley says phone action on trade is picking up

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 5:55 pm

Hours away from the start of the second round of the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills are still interested in trading down from their 2nd round selection.  GM Doug Whaley indicated yesterday the Bills are interested in talking to teams who want to move up to Buffalo’s spot in the second round, 80th overall.

Late Friday, Whaley said unlike yesterday when the phones were quiet, the trade-down talk is picking up.

“Today, the action is starting to pick up,” Whaley told The John Murphy Show. “I’m sure once the draft starts and we get closer to our pick, about three or four picks before us, we expect a heavy volume of calls.”

Whaley and the Bills laid the groundwork for trade-down talks yesterday, by talking to teams they suspect might be interested in moving up to the 50th overall pick.

“We’ve canvassed the whole league,” he said, “but at least we know we can narrow our focus once we get closer. We can pick the teams we know have an interest, and just be more efficient with our time.”

The Bills have two picks tonight, 50th overall and 81st overall (3rd round).


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Fan Friday 5-1

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2015 – 11:50 am

The 2015 NFL draft is underway so no need to drone on here. Let’s get right to your questions from email at AskChris@bills.nfl.net and on Twitter @ChrisBrownBills.

1 – Chris,
With all the crazy coming and goings in free agency/ trades it is hard to keep track of where everyone is. I hope it might be possible, just before the draft, if you could list who we have gained and who has moved on. Thanks for a great job…
Erich

CB: Here’s a look at what was gained and lost prior to the draft this offseason.

Additions – RB LeSean McCoy, QB Matt Cassel, WR Percy Harvin, TE Charles Clay, FB Jerome Felton, G Richie Incognito, QB Tyrod Taylor.

Re-signed – DE Jerry Hughes, WR Marcus Easley, DE Jarius Wynn, WR Chris Hogan, K Jordan Gay, DT Corbin Bryant

Subtractions – OT Chris Hairston, LB Kiko Alonso, RB C.J. Spiller, OT Erik Pears, TE Lee Smith, TE Scott Chandler, S Da’Norris Searcy, LB Keith Rivers

Unsigned FAs  – LB Brandon Spikes

 

2 – Chris,
Thanks for all your great work and coverage. Do you think the Bills would consider Devin Funchess at 50? He’s super athletic and has some height that the Bills don’t have that would be great in the end zone. I think with him and the speed the Bills already have, the receiving core would be amazing.

Michael From Albany

CB: Funchess is one of the bigger enigmas in the draft. There’s no debating there’s some tantalizing talent there. Most NFL clubs see him as a receiver, and compare him to Carolina WR Kelvin Benjamin. I don’t think he plays as big as Benjamin does. He doesn’t fight enough for contested balls and that was in college. NFL cornerbacks could be a rude awakening for him.

He needs to bulk up and get stronger and he doesn’t have a wide frame like Benjamin. He’s an athletic mismatch no question, but I wonder if he can handle the more physical corners and safeties in the NFL. It’s my belief the Bills will look for a tight end type later in the draft to address their in line blocking. I suppose Funchess being the talent that he is would give any NFL club pause. With all the receiving talent they’ve already added I just can’t see him being a day two pick for Buffalo.

 
3 – Hi Chris,

Great job keeping us on the Bills.  As a Bills fan I was sorry to see Scott Chandler let go.  Do you think the Bills will be able to upgrade the tight end position with current players that were back up players by trade or the draft?  I felt he was under rated and poorly used at times.  The fact that New England signed him is an indication of his worth.  Please give me the your thoughts about the reasoning behind this situation.

Arizona Bills fan,
Max F. Stolzenberg, Jr.

CB: From what I understand Chandler was simply not a fit in Buffalo’s new offensive scheme. Greg Roman’s scheme demands a versatile, athletic player at the tight end position, who can line up in the backfield, as an H-back, detached or in line at tight end. Charles Clay does all those things, so they’ve upgraded by virtue of Clay being a better fit than Chandler.

Marqueis Gray also has the potential to fit provided he continues to progress at the position. He’s athletic and versatile too. As I stated above if they do add in the draft I’m expecting them to add a blocker.

 

4 – Chris,
With the team going “all in” for this year, what are the positions of need. Rounds 2-3 are really important on hitting on. Do you expect the Bills to add a guard to potentially start? It looks like Clay will
become a Bill so tight end maybe out? Are there more defensive holes to fix at either safety (Searcy) or linebacker (Alonso). What needs are left and will they skip on best player available and go for most
NFL ready?

CB: I think offensive line is a clear focus for Buffalo. They have just three offensive tackles on their roster and need to go with five to six to training camp. Linebacker is another position in need of numbers. They’ve got just five on the roster and need to go into camp with nine or 10. They could also use another tight end.

Ideally the Bills board offers value at offensive tackle or guard when they’re on the clock at 50 and value at linebacker when they’re on the board again at 81.

As for safety they’re stocked. Duke Williams, Bacarri Rambo, Jonathan Meeks and Kenny Ladler are all young options with potential.

I asked Doug Whaley if NFL readiness with a roster like theirs took precedence over a player with the higher ceiling. He told me no, that the player who has the better upside is the way to go no matter the state of your roster.

 

5 – Chris, as always, super job.

As excited as we all are about the Bills spending spree and the new/re-signed assets, I am concerned about having the monies to get Marcel Dareus and Stephon Gilmore deals re-done before they hit free agency.  Can the Bills find the funds to keep these 2 cornerstones of the defense, who should be around for years to come?

Thomas R. Veihdeffer

CB: The extension for Dareus is priority number one right now and I’m confident they’ll accomplish that. They just picked up the fifth-year option on Gilmore, but I think it’s possible they get an extension done with him as well sooner than the timetable applied to Dareus. The reason being if they can sign him to a contract that has an average annual value that’s a couple of million less per season than the $11M figure he’ll have under the fifth-year option it’s better for their cap situation in 2016.

The Bills like a lot of teams are banking on the recent trend of the cap going up a lot again next season. It’s gone up $10M each of the last two years, which is a sizable jump. They believe they can keep both in the fold and still sign Nigel Bradham and Cordy Glenn long term as well. We’ll see.

 


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Kouandjio to be with brother for draft

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2015 – 9:18 am

Cyrus Kouandjio is younger than his brother Arie, but declared early for the 2014 draft and got to the NFL draft a year before him. Now with his older brother a part of the 2015 NFL draft class, Kouandjio will be with his brother and family this weekend.

“We’ll be down in Tampa with my family this weekend with him and watch the draft,” said Kouandjio.

Kouandjio will fly out of Buffalo this morning (Friday) as his brother, Arie, is projected as a third or fourth-round pick. Arie Kouandjio played guard at the University of Alabama. Cyrus followed Arie there out of high school and the two played together on the Crimson Tide’s offensive line with Cyrus playing left tackle and Arie playing guard.

Arie Kouandjio’s multiple knee surgeries are what could hurt him the most knowing medical evaluations differ from one team to the next. Cyrus Kouandjio knows all about that having lived it last year with some teams reportedly failing his surgically repaired knee at the NFL combine last year.

Cyrus has worked hard to calm his older brother’s nerves now that the process is coming to a conclusion.

“I try to tell him having been through the process, whichever team you’re going to you’re going to go to that team,” Kouandjio told Buffalobills.com. “It’s not about the draft, it’s about what you do once you’re on a team. He’s more focused on that and training every day and ready to get it over with.”

 


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Bills don’t re-stack board between days 1 & 2

Posted by Chris Brown on May 1, 2015 – 12:45 am

With the advent of round one of the NFL draft standing on its own on day one of the three-day saga, it leaves NFL GMs and their personnel departments time to mull over what has come off the board and what’s left to grab at the start of round two. Some might think if certain prospects came off the board sooner than a team anticipated that they might feel compelled to re-rank their board in preparation for day two. Buffalo doesn’t subscribe to that line of thinking.

Bills GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on the John Murphy Show explained that once the board is finalized that’s it. The reason Whaley and his staff are confident that their board holds up no matter what happens is because of the way they stack it to begin with.

“For us, we’ve done this the last two years, we stack the players as if we had the first pick all the way down to our second-round pick (50th overall). So we’ll stack one through 50. So after round one we won’t re-calculate the board (Thursday night). We’ve already got them stacked. So we’ll keep peeling them off.

“We’ve done the work already, so names will go and when we pick at 50 we might say, ‘Well we’ve got our guy still up there at 50, but our guy at 35 is also still on the board, let’s pick him.’”


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Dolphins add another young, talented WR

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 12:35 am

The Miami Dolphins added another talented piece to their wide receiving corps in the first round of the draft, to go along with their 2nd round pick last year.

Last year, it was LSU WR Jarvis Landry who came in the second round and caught 84 passes for Miami, 5 of them for touchdowns.

This year, the Dolphins used the 14th overall pick to grab Louisville WR DeVante Parker. He was the third wideout off the board this year. Parker only played six games for the Cardinals last year, but he’s got a nice combination of size, speed and athleticism.

After the first round ended, Bills GM Doug Whaley took notice of Parker’s selection by Miami and what it means in the AFC East.

“This division, we’re stacking up good players,” Whaley said. “We think we have some.  But we’re going to have to compete against them.”

After parting with Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, and Brandon Gibson, the Dolphins needed to add another pass catching target for Ryan Tannehill and they got a good one in Parker.


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Whaley expected OL run—and it happened

Posted by johnmurphyshow on May 1, 2015 – 12:15 am

When the dust settled after the first round of the 2015 draft, there were seven offensive linemen off the board. And for Bills fans looking for the team to get help up front on day two of the draft, that’s probably not a good thing.

General Manager Doug Whaley knew going in there would be a run on o-linemen. In an interview with The John Murphy Show late Thursday afternoon, Whaley was asked what positions might see a run.

“Probably offensive tackle,” he replied. “That’s usually a position where when one goes, the other ones start going.”

That’s how it played out. Five of the offensive linemen came off the board in a 16-pick span from Ereck Flowers (9th overall to the Giants) to D.J. Humphries (24th overall to the Cardinals).

When he wrapped up the draft, Whaley sounded like it played out just as he expected.

“You always get a run,” he said. “Once one goes, you’ll get a run on offensive linemen. That many—we kinda thought that so we weren’t surprised at all.”

 


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Routine, quiet night in Bills draft room

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 11:45 pm

Without a first round pick, the Buffalo Bills draft room in Orchard Park had a subdued, businesslike atmosphere Thursday night.  GM Doug Whaley emerged from the room after round one concluded and said there was very little drama, and very few surprises in Buffalo’s draft headquarters.

“The names came off pretty much the way we thought they would,” Whaley said. “We’ll take some time tonight, go back up there and see what names are on the board and we’ll stack them. We’ll be ready to make a pick tomorrow.  Pretty cut and dried right now.”

Whaley was asked if the Bills fielded any phone calls from teams looking to deal during the first round.

“Only State Farm called, other than that, nobody,” he joked. ” Seriously we did not get any calls. We did not. It was more trying to predict who’s going to go next.  We were betting M-and-M’s on who would go next.”

The Bills have two picks Friday, one in the 2nd round and one in the 3rd.


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Jets get better where they’re already good

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 11:35 pm

The Bills brain trust spent round one of the draft watching names come off the board, no doubt paying particular attention to the picks by their AFC East rivals.

And when it comes to the New York Jets, it looks like they got a major influx of talent to their already talented defensive line.

The Jets chose USC DE Leonard Williams with the 6th overall pick in the draft. Some draft experts regarded him as the “safest” pick in the draft, others thought he was one of the most talented player available.

Williams doesn’t even turn 21 for another couple of months. At 6-5, 302 pounds, Williams joins a big, physical Jets defensive line that already includes Muhammad Wilkerson, Damon Harrison, and Sheldon Richardson.  Wilkerson and Richardson were also first round picks by the Jets.

Bills GM Doug Whaley says the Bills thought highly of Leonard Williams and are sorry to see him land in the division.

“Good player. I wish he didn’t go to the Jets in the division,” Whaley said after round one ended. “Good for them.  He’s a heckuva player. We thought he was the best defensive player and probably the best player in the draft.”

Veteran Muhammad Wilkerson is entering the final year of his contract and the selection of Leonard Williams has ramped up speculation that New York might put Wilkerson on the market.

“”Right now, Muhammad is on our team,”  Jets GM Mike Maccagnan told NJ.com Thursday night.  “Again, I’m not going to speculate. We’re not actively trying to shop Muhammad. Right now, he’s part of us. Obviously, at some point in time, we’re going to talk to him and his agent, and kind of proceed forward.”


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A 2nd round pick on 2nd round picks

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2015 – 11:07 pm

The Bills obviously did not have a first-round pick to work with in this year’s draft, but as Friday approaches Buffalo’s pick at 50 could still land a quality player for the club. And if recent history is any indication GM Doug Whaley and the personnel department should do well.

Looking over the last few years Buffalo has some key core players on their roster who were former second-round picks.

2011 – Aaron Williams
2012 – Cordy Glenn
2013 – Robert Woods, Kiko Alonso
2014 – Cyrus Kouandjio

“I think all picks are very vital to a team,” said Woods, who was pick 41 in 2013. “I think Doug Whaley is on the right track getting guys in here. The second round pick has been very big in the past couple of years. It’s got to be a good one.”


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Watkins trade-one year later

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 10:52 pm

There’s still one more chip to be played by the Cleveland Browns, but for the most part, we know now  what the cost was when the Bills moved up to draft Sammy Watkins in the 2014 draft.

To recap, Buffalo sent its’ 2014 1st rounder (9th overall) to Cleveland, along with the Bills 2015 1st rounder (19th overall), and a 4th rounder this year. In exchange, the Bills moved up four spots in the first round last year and snagged Sammy Watkins.

The Browns used this year’s first rounder obtained from Buffalo to select Offensive Lineman Cameron Erving from FSU. He’s likely to be penciled in as a center for the Browns, probably backing up Alex Mack in his first year in Cleveland.  Erving is versatile-he played left tackle at FSU last year.

So if you add it up–it’s Cameron Erving this year, troubled CB Justin Gilbert last year, and a fourth rounder still to come. That’s what the cost was for the Bills to move up and pick Sammy Watkins.

With 65 catches and six touchdowns in his rookie year, and the promise of much more to come, it’s hard to imagine one of the players the Browns picked having nearly as much impact as Watkins.

 


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Bills draft room plans for round one

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 7:15 pm

It’s not likely to be buzzing with activity, but the Bills draft room will be fully staffed and operational Thursday night, even though the Bills do not have a first round draft pick.

GM Doug Whaley says Buffalo’s draft room will not have the usual urgency, without a first rounder in play, but the Bills will be following the first round closely.

“We are approaching it the same way,” Whaley said in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “We want to see how the board falls, who picks what.  We have friends throughout the league and we want to see who’s going to gain an advantage for their team. And it also sets the tone for us-let’s see who will possibly be there for us at fifty.”

The Bills first pick in the draft is scheduled to be the 50th overall pick, in the second round Friday night.

Whaley was asked if he anticipates a run on any position groups during tonight’s first round.

“Probably offensive tackle,” he said. “That’s usually a position where when one goes, the other ones start going.  And then in subsequent rounds, usually when one running back goes, the other ones start falling in line behind them.”


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Whaley: “Bills would like to trade down”

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 30, 2015 – 5:55 pm

It’s very likely the Bills will be little more than spectators tonight in the first round of the NFL Draft. And if GM Doug Whaley has his way, the team may wait even longer Friday night before making its’ first selection.

Whaley says the Bills would like to trade down from their spot in the second round (50th overall) and pick up some extra draft picks. And the Bills GM says  he’s already discussed the possibility with other potential trade partners.

“We would like to go down from fifty and gain some more picks,” Whaley said in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. “Going up would be really tough.  We don’t want you guys (media) sitting in this position next year and be bored.”

In his second draft as the Bills GM, Whaley says the Bills have reached out to other NFL clubs and let them know they are open for business.

“We’ll stack our board after tonight and we have a line where we say we can go down to this bar,” said. “We’ve contacted some teams already as part of the due diligence we do every year. We’ll get an idea of would they be willing to move up to where we are.  We have the framework of, not a deal, but a framework of ‘all right-they’ll listen and we can call them,'”

The entire interview with GM Doug Whaley will air tonight at 7pm on The John Murphy Show.


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