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Buffalo Bills Pick-by-Pick 2014 NFL Draft Review

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Sammy Watkins was the most exciting pick of the draft class, but the Bills did a terrific job of finding value throughout the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Adam Hunger — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills made seven total selections in the 2014 NFL draft. The team wheeled and dealed over the course of the three-day draft and added a wide receiver, three offensive linemen, two linebackers and a cornerback.

Buffalo’s aggressiveness in the first round shows that the team is in a win-now mode. The Bills have a clear objective this season: make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

The theme going into this draft was getting EJ Manuel help. On paper, the draft was a success. The team added the top wide receiver in the class while bulking up an offensive line that gave up 48 sacks in 2013. In addition to their draft picks, Buffalo also traded for Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown, a player the Bills have coveted for more than a year. Manuel has all the weapons you could ask for.

We take a look at each of the Bills’ selections and assess how well the team did in addressing their needs and maximizing value.

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What Cyril Richardson Brings to the Buffalo Bills

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

The Bills bolstered their offensive line by selecting Cyril Richardson. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills continued to build their offensive line by selecting Baylor guard Cyril Richardson. Checking in at 6’5” and 329 pounds, Richardson fits the Bills’ prototype for massive offensive linemen.

Richardson has been a starter since his sophomore year and an all-Big 12 selection for the Bears in each of his final three seasons. Additionally, Richardson was named Big 12 offensive lineman of the year in 2012 and 2013. He was a unanimous All-American as a senior and one of the main reasons the Baylor offense was so prolific in 2013.

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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Offensive Guards

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo is the standout guard prospect in this year’s draft class. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Although it has only one prospect with a first-round grade, this year’s draft class of guards has plenty of players with the potential to become productive NFL starters. The value for guards always comes in middle rounds, and there is a great deal of talent to be had in that range from this class.

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Super Size Me: Big, Strong Guards in the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The Buffalo Bills should be in the market for a guard on Day 2 of the draft, and UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo would be among their best options. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Last offseason, the Buffalo Bills let left guard Andy Levitre go and failed to amply replace him. Doug Legursky and Colin Brown proved to be below average starters, and the offensive line, especially the interior, got pushed into the backfield enough to neutralize most of running back C.J. Spiller’s game-breaking ability.

Also needing to take pressure off of EJ Manuel, finding solid pieces to fill out the offensive line is of utmost importance to the Bills this offseason.

Some people have suggested drafting an offensive tackle like Auburn’s Greg Robinson or Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and shifting Cordy Glenn to right tackle or left guard, but most specifically, the Bills need to find someone who can fill the need at left guard. Based on Doug Marrone’s style of offense, the Bills are likely to look for a versatile offensive lineman who can block with power, but also has the athleticism to pull and get to the second level to help free running back C.J. Spiller.

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2014 Senior Bowl: Day 2 Notes and Quotes

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Both teams held their second practices of the 2014 Senior Bowl, and their first in full pads, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The week of practices at the 2014 Senior Bowl is halfway over, following the first of two days of fully-padded practices on Tuesday. The North took the field in the morning at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., while the South practiced there in the afternoon.

Windy conditions in Mobile on Tuesday provided an extra challenge for the quarterbacks throwing the ball, but altogether, both teams’ quarterbacks looked better than they did on Monday.

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