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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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Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft: Late Round Picks

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Danny Batten only had one playing season with the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Buffalo Bills Draft’s seventh installment of “Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft” takes a look at Buffalo’s late picks, Danny Batten, Levi Brown and Kyle Calloway.

Round 6, Pick 192 : Danny Batten, DE/LB, South Dakota State

Batten, much like Arthur Moats, was another small-school athlete that the Bills had hoped would fit into their 3-4 defense as depth.

Round 7, Pick 209: Levi Brown, QB, Troy

Buffalo didn’t address the quarterback position early in the draft, so they took a flier on Brown, a developmental prospect.

Round 7, Pick 216: Kyle Calloway, OT, Iowa

Calloway was a prospect that fell later than expected in the draft. He seemed like a very strong value pick in the seventh round.

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Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft: Arthur Moats

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Arthur Moats has been a pleasant surprise for the Buffalo Bills as a sixth-round draft pick. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Buffalo Bills Draft’s sixth installment of “Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft” takes a look at Arthur Moats.

Round 6, Pick 178 : Arthur Moats, DE/LB, James Madison

Buffalo addressed the defensive side of the ball again in Round 6 of the 2010 NFL draft when they selected Arthur Moats. Moats played in the FCS at James Madison University. He was awarded the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in the FCS, in his senior season. Moats received 15 first place votes and had a total of 342 points. It was the largest winning margin in the history of the Buchanan Award at the time.

“It’s really exciting. It’s the top honor you could win, as far as a defensive player individually,” Moats told WHSV after winning the award. “And I just feel I’m solidified now in history.”

Buffalo hoped they had found a diamond in the rough at linebacker for their 3-4 defense.
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Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft: Ed Wang

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Ed Wang hoped to find success as the NFL’s first Chinese-American player, but his career with the Buffalo Bills lasted only one season. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Buffalo Bills Draft’s fifth installment of “Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft” takes a look at offensive tackle Ed Wang.

Round 5, Pick 140: Ed Wang, OT, Virginia Tech

The Buffalo Bills finally addressed their offensive line in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft by selecting offensive tackle Ed Wang of Virginia Tech.

In 2009, Buffalo’s offensive line gave up a total of 50 sacks, third-worst in the NFL according to Advanced NFL Stats. In addition to the sacks, the team also allowed 97 quarterback hits which was the second-highest total in the league. The Bills needed help on their line, and hoped that Wang would add depth.

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Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft: Marcus Easley

Monday, May 27th, 2013

With no receptions in three NFL seasons, Marcus Easley’s career with the Buffalo Bills has been a disaster. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

Buffalo Bills Draft’s fourth installment of “Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft” analyzes fourth-round pick Marcus Easley.

Round 4, Pick 107: Marcus Easley, WR, Connecticut

After addressing needs to their 3-4 defense in Rounds 2 and 3, Buffalo switched back over to the offensive side of the ball by selecting Easley. Buffalo had Lee Evans and then unproven wide receiver Stevie Johnson as its starting wide receivers entering the first week of the season, but the team was lacking depth.

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