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Draft choice value aided by larger player pool?

Posted by Chris Brown on May 7, 2014 – 11:57 am

With 100 extra underclassmen in this year’s player pool there is a prevailing thought outside NFL front offices that picks for each of the 32 NFL teams carries added value. While there’s no question that the largest additional pool of talent in the draft’s history has helped in making the 2014 class deeper, the enhanced value of draft choices this year might not be as dramatic as some might believe.

Bills GM Doug Whaley, in a one-on-one interview during the Buffalo Bills Draft Special presented by New Era, set to air tonight at 7 pm on WKBW-TV Channel 7 in Buffalo, admits the value of everyone’s draft choices is enhanced to some degree, but doesn’t believe the value of a fourth-round pick would be more like a third-round pick in other years.

“You may not get a third round talent in the fourth round, but you can get a fourth round talent throughout the whole fourth round, or a third round talent throughout the whole third round,” Whaley said. “So it’s deep, but I believe you’ll get a lot of value wherever you pick in this draft.”

See the full interview with Whaley, relive EJ Manuel’s 2013 draft experience with Buffalo’s starting QB and watch film of prospects with Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos. It’s all tonight in a one hour special on WKBW-TV Channel 7 at 7 pm.

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Quick pass game reduce OT need?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 25, 2012 – 10:05 am

There are some outside observers that have maintained that Buffalo’s quick passing game reduces the urgency somewhat to draft a left tackle prospect early in the draft. I thought that’d be a good question to ask Bills head coach Chan Gailey.

In my one-on-one interview with coach Gailey in the Bills Draft Special that will air on WKBW-TV Channel 7 on Thursday at 7, Gailey gave me the following answer when I asked if the need for an offensive tackle is reduced knowing Fitz gets the ball out in about 2.5 seconds on average.

“You always want to improve,” he said. “If you get better linemen you can hold the ball a little bit longer. Your run game gets better. If anything we could use some depth there. We don’t know if we’ve got a guy that can play for 10 years or not. We might already. The question is are you trying to upgrade your football team at critical positions? Tackle is a critical position in the game of football today.”

Be sure to hear more from Gailey in our hour long run up to the 2012 NFL draft on WKBW-TV Channel 7 Thursday evening at 7 pm.

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Bills preseason finale blacked out

Posted by Chris Brown on August 30, 2011 – 10:03 am

The Bills preseason finale against the Lions has been blacked out.

Thursday’s game is set to kick off at 6:30 pm and can be heard on the Bills Radio Network. The game will also be re-broadcast on Friday Sept. 2nd at 8 pm on WKBW-TV (channel 7) in Buffalo.

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