Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 5/4

Inside The Bills | Jasper was highly recruited
"He was recruited by Ole Miss, but then coach David Cutcliffe was let go so Ole Miss fell off on him," said Hand. "Then he was going to go to Florida and Ron Zook got released so they fell off on him. Mike then decided to stay close to home and go to Tennessee-Martin. He looked at Vanderbilt, but didn’t have the grades to get into Vanderbilt. So he went to Tennessee-Martin."

Power Rankings: Top 10 NFL safeties - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Donte Whitner is the seventh-best safety in the NFL according to the ESPN NFL writers. Kevin Seifert and Bill Williamson had him in their top four.

Soon to be stars: Arthur Moats - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Moats plays hard, has good bulk and athletic ability for the position. He isn’t the tall, leaner outside backer type, but more in the mold of what Pittsburgh looks for at the position in stressing leverage and power. He ... might never truly be a No. 1 edge pass-rusher, but he is on the rise and could be in store for a breakout season. If you are not familiar with Moats yet, it is time you learn about this player."

Inside The Bills | Dareus brings swagger
"He’s just a guy that can play all up and down the line and gave us immediate help," said Nix. "He also brings a little swagger with him and we need that. We need a personality and a guy that doesn’t believe that anybody that we play can whip him and I think that’s his mentality."

What they're saying... 2011 NFL Draft (Part II) - BuffaloBills.com
More reviews of the Buffalo Bills draft.

Bills Focus: Sheppard Adds Size, Depth Inside - BuffaloBills.com
Seriously with the headline?

Inside The Bills | Kiper: Williams a 1st rounder
"Aaron Williams I really like at that point where they got him," said Kiper in a national conference call this week. "He can play corner, he can play safety, he’s the toughest run support corner that I’ve graded in the last five years."

Inside The Bills | Gruden on Dareus
"Dareus is a three‑position player in a 3‑4 front. He can play nose, either defensive end. He is legitimate, sheer power. This is a power player. He is rare. You’ve seen the physical nature this guy’s put together with a rare combination of explosive physical play, and a guy that’s well‑versed under Nick Saban."

NFL Draft – Draft Grade: Bills - Fox Sports on MSN
Despite not taking a QB the Bills get an A-.

Inside The Bills | Nix on trade talk
"We probably got 15 calls every round people wanting to move up or move back and offering picks," Nix said. "I don’t say this is always the case because I don’t want to ever say never. Normally you won’t see us move back or swap picks just to be churning stuff. We kind of sit there and let what falls to us and take them and normally it’s worked out best. I’m not saying we wouldn’t ever do it. We might, but we’re not going to be big in that."

Jasper's a heavy-duty investment - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"Jasper, 24, may not be the best of the Bills' draft picks, but he's certainly the most intriguing. He weighed between 430 and 440 pounds as a starting guard at Bethel University, an NAIA school in McKenzie, Tenn. He tipped the scales at 448 in January before "slimming" down to his current weight."

Bills passed on a quarterback and still aced the draft - CBSSports.com
"Buffalo needs any good news it can get. How's this? The Bills aced the draft, Clark Judge says, even though they passed on a quarterback. Bills GM Buddy Nix offers the insight that went into every selection in a strong class."

Jasper can move for a big man - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
As Allen Wilson points out in this feature of Mike Jasper, the big man from Bethel (Tenn.) University has an impressive combination of size and speed. Here's a couple training videos of Jasper that show off those traits.

2011 NFL Draft Grades: Five Second Round Winners - SB Nation Kansas City
The Bills are the first team on the list.

Did Titans find the franchise QB they need in Jake Locker? - USATODAY.com
"I know the Buffalo Bills were definitely going to trade up into the first round to get Ponder," Jim Miller said.

Why The Bills Didn’t Draft A Quarterback : Buffalo Sports Daily
Patrick Moran gives his informed opinion on why the Bills passed on several quarterbacks.

That's What WE Said! - 13WHAM.com
Mike Catalana and Chuck Wade recap the Bills draft among other topics.

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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Welcome, Harvey - Sports, Ink - The Buffalo News

"The Buffalo Bills needed football coaches when they were forming their team in 1960, and they got one on this date in 1960. Buffalo hired Harvey Johnson to serve as an assistant coach. Johnson moved to director of player personnel in 1962." He was also interim head coach in 1968 and 1971.

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