Should the Buffalo Bills Trade Up in 2014 NFL Draft?

March 29th, 2014

If the Buffalo Bills are looking to trade up to the No. 1 spot in this year’s NFL Draft, it might because of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. (Photo: Jeremy Brevard — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After trading out of the top 10 in last year’s NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills might be looking to move up this year.

At least that’s what longtime NFL reporter Dan Pompei is hearing. In this week’s “Read Option” column for Bleacher Report, Pompei wrote that the Houston Texans are “trying hard to deal the first pick in the draft,” and that “they might have a trade partner in the Bills, who appear interested in moving up.”

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Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. Passes Away at 95 Years Old

March 25th, 2014

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills lost the only owner they’ve ever known Tuesday, when Ralph Wilson Jr. passed away at the age of 95.

In a team statement, which can be read in its entirety on BuffaloBills.com, Bills team president and CEO Russ Brandon described Wilson as the team’s founder, mentor and friend.

“I speak for everyone within the Bills organization when I say that we are all suffering a deep and profound sadness with the passing of our Hall of Fame owner Mr. Wilson.”

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Ryan Talbot’s Buffalo Bills Seven-Round Mock Draft: Version 3.0

March 22nd, 2014

If the Bills believe “big wins” at wide receiver, Mike Evans could be their choice in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have been active in free agency, adding starters and/or depth at running back, tight end, offensive guard, linebacker, cornerback and special teams. The team might still be actively pursuing free agents, as evidenced by Kenny Britt’s recent visit to One Bills Drive, but any signings now will be few and far between, which should mean is adjusting its needs and determining who it should target in this year’s NFL draft.

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2014 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Whose Tools Are Better Than Their Tape

March 19th, 2014

While Anthony Barr’s physical tools stand out, his on-field play is not quite as outstanding. (Photo: Gary A. Vazquez — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

More times than not, good football players are also good athletes with prototypical physical traits, but being a great athlete and having great size does not necessarily mean one is a great football player. Every year, there are players whose draft stock is defined more by their measurables than what they have actually done on the football field. That is due in large part to NFL teams drafting players based on what they can become rather than who they are.

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2014 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects Whose Tape is Better Than Their Tools

March 16th, 2014

Chris Borland isn’t the biggest or fastest linebacker, but he makes plays every time he is on the football field. (Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

In an ideal world, every prospect would have the prototypical size and athletic ability that scouts envision to play a given position, but that is far from the case. Despite that, every year rookies who didn’t check an important box still succeed at the professional level. Whether it’s Anquan Boldin and his 4.72-second 40-yard dash dominating at wide receiver, or London Fletcher playing linebacker at a high level for 16 seasons at a height of 5’10″, limited physical traits do not preclude a player from NFL success.

The 2014 NFL draft class has several players who perform well on tape but lack the desired physical tools for their positions.

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