BBD Week in Review: 4/28 – 5/5

Coming off of the 2013 NFL Draft, much of last week’s attention was placed upon quarterback E.J. Manuel and the Bills’ eight draft choices. (Photo: US Presswire)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Each Monday, we’ll take a look back at the biggest and best stories pertaining to the Buffalo Bills, NFL Draft and NFL from within Buffalo Bills Draft, around the NFL Draft Sites Network and around the web from the past week.

This was my first week as the Editor of BBD — if you’d like to learn more about me, you can read my introductory post.

Last Week’s Stories

  • The Bills made eight selections in the 2013 NFL Draft. I reviewed every pick.
  • The Bills also signed 16 undrafted free agents. See the full list.
  • The Bills traded Kelvin Sheppard, after two underwhelming seasons at middle linebacker, to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Jerry Hughes. Hughes has also been a disappointment in three seasons as a Colt, but Buffalo could be a good fit for him, writes BBD staff writer Evan Sidery. Trading Sheppard also opens up an immediate opportunity for playing time for rookie inside linebacker Kiko Alonso.
  • Will rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel be the Bills’ Week 1 starter at quarterback? I broke down his odds of winning the starting job. I also broke down how Manuel and the team’s other rookie additions to their passing offense could fit the new offensive philosophy head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will install in Buffalo.
  • In addition to the passing offense, the Bills focused on the secondary in this year’s draft, selecting two defensive backs. Staff writer Eric Samulski looked into how rookies Duke Williams and Jonathan Meeks could fit into the rotation.

Around the NFL Draft Sites Network

  • Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Check out James Christensen’s scouting report of Bridgewater at NE Patriots Draft.

Around the Web

  • What will the Buffalo Bills’ depth chart look like? Boston.com’s Erik Frenz placed every player in their projected spot.
  • The Bills traded down in the first round of the draft, but they could have traded up. General manager Buddy Nix told Buffalobills.com that they had no interest in moving up.
  • Why did the Bills draft Manuel over other available quarterbacks including West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib? Doug Marrone told SiriusXM NFL Radio (according to BuffaloBills.com) that Manuel’s arm strength and hand size made him the best fit to play in the cold, windy conditions he will face playing in Buffalo.

 

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone, Duke Williams, E.J. Manuel, Jerry Hughes, Jonathan Meeks, Kelvin Sheppard, Kiko Alonso, Teddy Bridgewater

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