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Why the Buffalo Bills’ Big Move for Sammy Watkins is Worth It

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Buffalo went big for Sammy Watkins and expect the move to pay immediate dividends. (Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

On Thursday night, the Buffalo Bills did something out of the norm. They traded up.

In the team’s history, the Bills have only traded up two times from their first-round slot to get a player of their choosing. Both times, the move was for a Clemson wide receiver getting drafted. In 1982, Buffalo traded up for WR Perry Tuttle; in 2014, Sammy Watkins got the call.

Trading up is a dangerous gamble in the NFL, but this trade made sense on multiple levels.


Takeaways from Buffalo Bills’ Pre-Draft Luncheon

Friday, April 25th, 2014

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills held their annual pre-draft luncheon on Friday. General manager Doug Whaley, director of player personnel Jim Monos, director of college scouting Kelvin Fisher and coordinator of college scouting Doug Majeski spent nearly an hour meeting with the media to answer a wide variety of questions about the 2014 NFL draft, scheduled to be held May 8-10.


2014 Ohio State Pro Day: Notes and Quotes

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde was back on the field Friday at Ohio State’s pro day, where he did positional work only. (Photo: Greg Bartram — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

15 potential 2014 NFL draft picks from Ohio State, plus a 2013 undrafted free agent and at least one prospect from another school, participated in Friday morning’s 2014 OSU Pro Day at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The crowd included Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

In total, representatives from all 32 teams—approximately 80 NFL coaches, scouts and/or administrative personnel, according to an OSU press release—were on hand to watch a promising group of prospects, each of whom participated in Friday’s event to a varying degree.


Looking Back to Move Forward: Storylines of the First Half of the Buffalo Bills’ Season

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

There have been many impressive young players for the Buffalo Bills this season, but none more promising than middle linebacker Kiko Alonso. (Photo: Ron Schwane — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Sitting at three wins and five losses at the midpoint of the season, the overall numbers might not seem to be working in the favor of the Buffalo Bills, yet it seems clear the Bills are generally moving in the right direction. Of the team’s five losses, three of them were by seven points or less — including two on game-winning field goals — and one, against the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, came when undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel was the only option to finish the game at quarterback after EJ Manuel suffered an LCL sprain that has kept him out ever since.

The new coaching staff led by Doug Marrone, and general manager Doug Whaley, have acquitted themselves well. Even with a losing record, there is more reason for optimism with the Bills than there has in the past. But, as I learned in history class: if you don’t study your past, you’re destined to repeat it, which means it’s time to look back at the Bills’ first half and see what mistakes they can learn from to make positive progress.


BBD Week in Review: 5/13-5/19

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Jadeveon Clowney led the discussion this week as Buffalo Bills Draft kicked its 2014 NFL Draft coverage fully into gear. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills have a new general manager in Doug Whaley, all but one of their draft picks is now signed and while the offseason still has a few more months remaining, organized team activities (OTA’s) got underway in Buffalo last week. Meanwhile, we here at Buffalo Bills Draft not only kept up with the general manager switch, but also began to look ahead to the 2014 NFL draft and continued looking ahead to the Bills’ upcoming season.

BBD on the Bills

Breaking Down the 2014 NFL Draft’s Top Prospects

  • Staff writer Evan Sidery explained why South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is a “once-in-a-generation” prospect.
  • I explained why Teddy Bridgewater is the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick, complete with a breakdown of his game, even in a draft class that includes Clowney.
  • Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews may have been the No. 1 overall pick had he declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. I broke down why he’ll be an early selection in 2014.
  • Staff writer Joe Marino previewed the 2014 NFL Draft’s other top offensive tackle, Michigan’s Taylor Lewan.

More on the Bills

  • Chris Brown of provided updates from each of the three days of the Bills’ first OTA: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3
  • Second-round pick wide receiver Robert Woods became the seventh of Buffalo’s eight draft pick to sign his rookie contract, signing a four-year deal according to’s James Walker.
  • On a more serious note, star Bills defensive end Mario Williams is going through some off-field issues in messy legal proceedings with his ex-fiance. A story by the Houston Chronicle‘s David Barron revealed text messages from Williams to his ex-fiance in which he mentioned hydrocodone abuse and suicidal thoughts.

Around the NFL Draft Sites Network

  • In a guest column for NEPatriotsDraft, I questioned Bill Belichick’s affinity toward drafting players who played for current Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers.
  • The Buffalo Bills shouldn’t be in the market for a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. For teams who are, Marc Sluis of NY Jets Draft bought or sold each of the draft class’ top signal-caller prospects.

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