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Buffalo Bills Select Clemson LB Tony Steward, Florida State TE Nick O’Leary in Round 6

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O'Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills added another weapon to their offense by drafting Nick O’Leary with one of their two sixth-round picks. (Photo: Rich Barnes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

When the Buffalo Bills traded for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel in March, they sent the No. 137 overall pick in the draft—which they had previously acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Cassel and a sixth-round pick. That sixth-round pick, No. 188 overall, gave the Bills two selections in Round 6, the only round in the 2015 NFL draft (barring a trade for an additional seventh-round pick) in which they have multiple draft choices.

The Bills used the No. 188 overall selection to select Tony Steward, a linebacker from Clemson. Six picks later, the Bills used the No. 194 overall selection to select Nick O’Leary, a tight end from Florida State.

Through six rounds, the Bills have made five selections in total, and every single one of them has been from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Three of those five players—O’Leary, second-round pick Ronald Darby and fifth-round pick Karlos Williams—played their college football for the Seminoles.

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Buffalo Bills Select Florida State Running Back Karlos Williams at No. 155 Overall Pick

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

In Round 5, the Buffalo Bills made their first pick of Day 3 by selecting Florida State running back Karlos Williams. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

In Round 5, the Buffalo Bills made their first pick of Day 3 by selecting Florida State running back Karlos Williams. (Photo: Kirby Lee — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Two trends that have held true for the Buffalo Bills in recent years are that they typically draft players who made pre-draft visits to One Bills Drive and that they love to acquire new running backs. Taking both of those trends into consideration, it should come as no surprise that the Bills select Florida State running back Karlos Williams with their fifth-round draft selection, No. 155 overall.

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Buffalo Bills Draft Florida State CB Ronald Darby with No. 50 Overall Pick

Friday, May 1st, 2015
The Buffalo Bills used their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to add a cornerback. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills used their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to add a cornerback. (Photo: Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After a quiet first day of the 2015 NFL Draft for the Buffalo Bills, they kicked off their draft proceedings on Day 2 with the selection of Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby with their second-round pick, No. 50 overall.

Projected by some draft analysts to be a first-round pick, Darby has sprinter speed—he ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine—and has as much upside as just about anyone who was still available at this point in the draft. Whether selecting him with their first pick in this year’s draft was the right move for the Bills, however, is questionable.

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2015 NFL Draft Prospect to Watch: Josue Matias, G, Florida State

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

Josue Matias could be one of the first guards selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Jamie Rhodes — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Nat Jordan

Florida State interior offensive lineman Josue Matias is expected to be one of the top guards selected in the 2015 NFL draft. He opted out of this year’s Senior Bowl, taking away the opportunity for scouts to comparing him in live action alongside many of the other top senior guard prospects in this year’s class, but he still has a chance to be a high draft pick.

Currently, there aren’t any players in the NFL who were born in the Dominican Republic. Matias, who came to the U.S. at six years old, stands to be the first. A force in New Jersey high school football and then for the Seminoles, Matias has the tools to continue to be successful at the next level.

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Joe Marino’s Talent Watch Week 10: Is Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston Worth the Risk?

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
While Jameis Winston's off-field concerns are troubling, his on-field skill should make him a high pick in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

While Jameis Winston’s off-field concerns are troubling, his on-field skill should make him a high pick in the 2015 draft. (Photo: Melina Vastola — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Including this week, there are only five weeks remaining in the season that feature a full slate of games. The conference standings are shaping up and there is no margin for error for the many one-loss teams with aspirations of making the College Football Playoff. Meanwhile, the opportunities for 2015 NFL draft prospects to make a name for themselves are dwindling down.

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