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2014 Buffalo Bills Draft Projections: “3 for 3″ Post-Free Agency Mock

Friday, April 11th, 2014

If the Bills have a shot to draft Jake Matthews with the No. 9 overall pick, they shouldn’t pass it up. (Photo: Thomas Campbell — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Though it took a little longer than the first installment of the series, the second edition of Pro Football Focus’ “3 For 3” mock draft series recently took place over the course of a couple weeks. Like the first mock, which was held just following the NFL Scouting Combine in early March, I continued to act as the drafter in charge of the Buffalo Bills.

There was no need to do anything different with the No. 9 overall pick, as a player who fills one of Buffalo’s biggest needs—and just might be the best all-around player in the draft—was still available as a right tackle upgrade.

On Day 2, the Bills were forced to change course. While BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy and Stanford guard David Yankey might have been the selections once again as they represent great values in the draft’s second and third rounds, both were rightfully selected earlier this time around.

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Pre-Free Agency Buffalo Bills Draft Hangout

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

With the opening of free agency less than 48 hours away, Buffalo Bills Draft editors Dan Hope, Ryan Talbot and Joe Marino met to discuss what the Buffalo Bills should look to accomplish in free agency, who they could look to target and how that could affect their plans for this year’s NFL draft.


Replacing Jairus Byrd: Options on Buffalo Bills Roster, In Free Agency and In Draft

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Second-year safety Duke Williams could be the answer for filling the void opened by Jairus Byrd’s departure. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

After Aaron Williams signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday, every arrow is pointing in the direction of Jairus Byrd not being retained by the Buffalo Bills. With one safety locked up through 2018, the focus shifts to who will fill the shoes of the three-time Pro Bowler, who the team decided to leave untagged earlier this week.

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Five Under-the-Radar Free Agent Targets for the Buffalo Bills

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Kenny Britt has the size the Bills need at wide receiver — and should come cheap. (Photo: Don McPeak — USA TODAY Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The NFL’s free agency period doesn’t begin until March 11, but it’s where the Buffalo Bills’ focus will quickly shift following the NFL Scouting Combine.

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What’s Next for Unsigned Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo Bills?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Buffalo Bills did not sign Jairus Byrd to a long-term contract extension prior to Monday’s deadline for franchise-tagged players. (Photo: Mark Konezny — USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Jairus Byrd’s NFL future remains in flux, and will continue to be uncertain throughout the 2013 NFL season. The Buffalo Bills will be unable to sign Byrd to a long-term contract until after the 2013 season, after failing to come to terms on a deal with their star free safety prior to Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

The Bills would certainly like to have Byrd, one of the NFL’s best players at his position, on the roster for many years to come. As far as the upcoming season is concerned, however, the Bills now must turn their focus to if and when Byrd will sign his one-year, $6.916 million franchise tender.

There is no deadline for Byrd to sign the one-year contract until Nov. 12 (following Week 10 of the NFL season). While he will be expected to sign that contract prior to the start of the season, he has the option of holding out and signing a prorated version of that contract at any point until that date, at which point he would become ineligible to play for the rest of the NFL season.

If the long-term outlook for a deal looks bleak, the Bills may have to prepare for life without Byrd next offseason. If Byrd does not sign prior to the 2013 season, however, it will be a massive and immediate blow to the Bills defense.

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