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Whaley-“Draft Board is set”-fine tuning is final step

Posted by johnmurphyshow on April 24, 2013 – 8:30 pm

Less than 24-hours before the names start coming off the board, the Buffalo Bills are set. Assistant GM Doug Whaley says the Bills draft board has been set for the last day or so.

Whaley made the comments in an appearance Wednesday night on The John Murphy Show. He says the scouting staff has been working the last few days to fine tune the board before Thursday night’s first round.

“What we’ll do is take the total body of work,” Whaley said, “the resume from this guy from when we started this process last May, through the fall, through the all-star games and the combine, through the spring information from pro days and visits, and say, ‘From everything you’ve seen, how do you feel about this guy?’ That’s when we fine tune it, and that’s when we put a final grade on a guy.”

The goal, according to Whaley, is to have the board set up and all contingencies accounted for well ahead of the start of the first round.

“Everybody always asks me, is it hectic on draft day? And the answer is no,” Whaley told host John Murphy. “We’re well prepared and we have the board set for our top eight players. As the players get called, we start taking them off our board, and then it becomes our pick.”

“Usually, about one pick before us, we start looking at who’s up there. And there are usually those two or three guys that we thought were the best eight players up there. That’s when the discussion goes, which player out of these two or three guys will we go for.”

The entire interview with Doug Whaley is available at Buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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