Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 4/25

PITTSFORD, NY - AUGUST 08: Chris Hairston #75 of the Buffalo moves at the snap during Buffalo Bills Training Camp at St. John Fisher College on August 8, 2011 in Pittsford, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Hairston unaffected by possible adds at tackle - BuffaloBills.com
"I think it all comes to how hard are you willing to work and this year I want to take full advantage of what I am able to do here in the offseason with all of these facilities at hand," Hairston said. "I’m trying to make the biggest jump that I possibly can and I want to be the best player that I can be. Whether that is a swing tackle or whether that’s being a solidified starter I want to be the best guy that I can be. Hopefully, I can use this offseason to become that."

WGR 550 - SIMON: Polian Offers Draft Advice
"If you want to know who the Bills should take with their first pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft, who better to talk to than the architect of some of the franchise’s best ever drafts? Former Bills General Manager Bill Polian is working for ESPN these days and he was a guest on the WGR morning show on Tuesday."

History says 10th pick could pay dividends - The Buffalo News
"The Bills have never picked No. 10 overall in their history. Of the 42 players taken in that position since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, 19 of them, or 45 percent, have been elected to at least one Pro Bowl. Two are Hall of Famers."

Scouts on Wide Receiver Prospects - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills Coordinator of College Scouting Doug Majeski and Scouts Brad Forsyth and Shawn Heinlen talk about wide receiver prospects Michael Floyd, Rueben Randle, Mohamed Sanu, and Marvin Jones."

Scouts on Offensive Tackle Prospects - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills Coordinator of College Scouting Doug Majeski and Scout Brad Forsyth talk about offensive tackle prospects Matt Kalil, Mike Adams, Jonathan Martin, and Riley Reiff. "

Inside The Bills | Kalil unlikely to slip to Bills
"It depends a lot on what else happens, but I don’t think there’s any way in the world that he gets past seven," Mayock told me. "Even if Tannehill goes, Kalil is one of the quote six blue chippers. So if Jacksonville is sitting there at seven and there’s a drop off in value between Kalil and whoever they have next on their board, they’ve got to take Kalil. I don’t think there’s any way he gets to 10."

Inside The Bills | Where Bills feel they’re thin
"Our goal is to hit on all 10 picks and there are some spots where we need some depth," he said. "You saw what happened to us the last two years when you get hit with injuries. We’ve got to put guys back there so there’s not much drop off. Somebody just steps up. We’re thin at offensive tackle, we’re thin at linebacker and we’re thin at defensive back."

Inside The Bills | Carrington kicking inside
"He’s a defensive tackle now," said Nix. "He’ll be an inside player."

Inside The Bills | Yes on WR, yes to CB, no to TE
Finally, when asked if they’re likely to draft a tight end in this year’s draft, Nix sounded as though he’s ruling that position out. "No, probably not," he said.

Inside The Bills | Nix: 1 of top 2 WRs should be on board
"I think one of them will be there. I’ll leave it at that," said Nix.

Fred Jackson says contract "not a concern" at Bills workouts | ProFootballTalk
"Jackson is due to make $1.955 million this year. The Bills are in position to give him an ample raise this season, but they probably don’t want to be on the hook for too much guaranteed money in the future for a running back at Jackson’s age. Productive as he’s been over the last three years, Jackson just turned 31 and that’s a scary age for a lot of running backs. With both sides acting in good faith, it’s likely that they’ll be able to figure out something that keeps Jackson in Buffalo a while longer."

Merriman pledges to be healthy for Bills | National Football Post
"Now after losing most of his 2011 season to an Achilles injury that required surgery last November, Merriman tells the Bills website that he is finally on track to be healthy and contributing in ways that he has not done since his heyday with the San Diego Chargers."

Merriman optimistic for season - The Buffalo News
"I have so much self motivation. Nobody has to kick me in my butt to get me going," he said. "I wake up for it and I love it and I am anxious to get back on top. ... There is no other way to put that, other than me getting ready for the season, me being excited to be around these guys and put something together. That is what we are doing here, we are putting something great together and I am just happy to be a part of that."

Video: What's draft day like for players? - The Buffalo News
"Recent Buffalo Bills draft picks Arthur Moats and Jairus Byrd tell News Sports Reporter Jay Skurski what NFL draft day was like for them:"

Scout's take: Majeski on Kuechly and Adams - The Buffalo News
The Bills director of college scouting shares his thoughts on Luke Kuechly and Mike Adams, including thoughts on Adams' failed drug test at the combine.

WGR 550 - Bills' Scout Session #2
"On Tuesday's slate were Brian Fisher (Midwest -Michigan to Kentucky), Matt Hand (West Coast) and Tom Roth (Delaware to North Carolina, Tennessee) talked a bit about some of the players that make up the 2012 NFL Draft."

WGR 550 - Bills Merriman Has No Doubts
The OLB now DE said he’s been able to go hard in the gym for awhile now, "It was a few months ago, it's been about two months now that I have been in the gym hitting it hard. The rehab was great and early on it was about resting and giving it a little bit of time. I think that is why we all agreed to have the surgery done when I did, so I will be ready when it is time to go."

WGR 550 - Source: Bills Very High On Mark Barron
"The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, says the Bills view Barron as a "playmaker" and a "day-one starter" for their defensive scheme. There is also some interest from the Bills in Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, but the buzz continues to surround Barron's name."

WGR 550 - BUSCAGLIA: NFL Mock Draft #6
With Stephon Gilmore off the board, Joe Buscaglia has the Bills taking Mark Barron at No. 10. Jonathan Martin falls to the Bills in the second round, while Jamell Fleming ends up in Buffalo at No. 71. In the fourth round, the Bills add their linebacker in TCU's Tank Carder and a pass rushing prospect in Miami's Olivier Vernon.

Eve of the Draft: AFC Needs | ProFootballFocus.com
"PFF's Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo combine forces to run down the AFC's Team needs as the draft approaches." For Buffalo, the duo lists wide receiver as the team's biggest need.

Vikings' last No. 3 draft pick, Jim Dunaway, was a hit - for Bills - TwinCities.com
"Jim Dunaway, a Mississippi defensive tackle, was taken No. 3 by the Vikings in the 1963 draft, which actually was held Dec. 3, 1962. Problem was, days earlier the Bills of the old American Football League also had drafted him, in the second round."

Prep football: Ex-NFL player Kirk Chambers to coach Spanish Fork | The Salt Lake Tribune
"Kirk Chambers, a seven-year NFL offensive lineman who played at Provo High School and Stanford, was announced as the Dons’ new head coach last week. Chambers replaces six-year coach Matt Christensen, who took a job as one of the school’s vice principals."

Bills return with "100%" Fitz & Mario/Mark II | Kryk Slants
"It really wasn’t key, but it didn’t hurt either," Anderson said in a telephone interview Monday, after the start of voluntary team workouts. "Because I played with him at Houston, I know what type of guy he is on the field and off the field. And we’re pretty close."

The Most Important Draft The Buffalo Bills Have EVER Had. - BuffaLowDown
"With the free agency period now done for every team, I am making an attempt to put this year’s Bills offseason into historic perspective. I cannot remember a time when the window for success for this team was so wide open, and at the same time, closing slowly."

Don't mock me bro! | Buffalo Wins
Michael Necci has the Bills selecting Stephon Gilmore with Michael Floyd off the board. In the second round, he throws a curveball and picks Brock Osweiler from Arizona State.

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