Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ 2015 Pre-Draft Luncheon

April 20th, 2015

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills held their annual pre-draft luncheon on Monday, giving media members an opportunity to talk to general manager Doug Whaley, director of player personnel Jim Monos and director of college scouting Kelvin Fisher about the team’s expectations for the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.

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Former Bills Offensive Tackle Chris Hairston Signing with Chargers

April 15th, 2015
Former Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston is headed to the San Diego Chargers for 2015. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

Former Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston is headed to the San Diego Chargers for 2015. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

More than a month after the start of free agency, former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Chris Hairston announced Wednesday, via his Twitter account, that he will be signing with the San Diego Chargers. (Update: The Chargers officially announced the signing of Hairston on Wednesday night.)

Selected by the Bills in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft, Hairston appeared in 41 games for Buffalo over the course of four seasons. He started seven games as a rookie and eight games in 2012, but spent the entire 2013 season on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, then played just 38 snaps this past season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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28 Prospects Set to Attend the 2015 NFL Draft

April 14th, 2015
Duke guard Laken Tomlinson, who is set to attend the 2015 NFL draft, could be a target for the Buffalo Bills' second-round pick. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

Duke guard Laken Tomlinson, who is set to attend the 2015 NFL draft, could be a target for the Buffalo Bills’ second-round pick. (Photo: Brian Spurlock — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The official list of prospective picks attending the 2015 NFL draft has been announced. 28 players will be in attendance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, where this year’s event will be held April 30-May 2.

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Buffalo Bills Preseason Schedule Announced

April 9th, 2015
The Bills are set to play Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns, who they defeated during the regular season last November, in the preseason. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

The Bills are set to play Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland Browns, who they defeated during the regular season last November, in the preseason. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills will be playing one nationally televised game and three others as part of their 2015 preseason schedule, which was announced by the NFL on Thursday afternoon.

The most notable game on the preseason schedule might be their Week 2 game against the Cleveland Browns, which will be played in Cleveland on Thursday, August 20 at 8 p.m., and broadcast nationally on ESPN. The Bills and Browns are scheduled to have two days of joint practices at St. John Fisher College, the Pittsford, N.Y. training camp home of the Bills, in the week leading up to the game, according to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.

Buffalo’s preseason opener will be played at home against the Carolina Panthers between August 13-17. Following their exhibition against the Browns, the Bills will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium for their third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (August 27-30). The Bills will conclude their preseason with a game against the Detroit Lions, at Detroit’s Ford Field, on September 3 or 4.

Specific dates and times for the Bills’ first, third and fourth preseason game will be announced at a later date.


2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State

April 6th, 2015
Jay Ajayi could be the third running back selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Casey Sapio — USA Today Sports)

Jay Ajayi could be the third running back selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Casey Sapio — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Despite the recent devaluation of running backs in the NFL and on draft day, the 2015 NFL draft’s crop offers many talented runners who can make instant impacts.

Todd Gurley of Georgia and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin seem to be the consensus top two running backs in this year’s draft, and their talents garner first-round consideration. The third spot, which remains much more inconclusive, should belong to Jay Ajayi of Boise State.

Ajayi, a junior, is the only player in Football Bowl Subdivision history with 1,800 rushing yards and 500 yards receiving in one season. He finished his final season with a stat line of 347 rushing attempts for 1,823 yards and 28 rushing touchdowns, and 73 receptions for 771 yards and four receiving touchdowns.

He performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine, in fact posting comparable measurables to Gordon and Gurley, according to MockDraftable.com.

Ajayi brings a bulky frame to the field, and stands at 6’0″ and 221 pounds.

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