Buffalo Bills News, 2/1: How Well Have They Drafted?

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Links today include a former Buffalo Bills great talking about the new Harvard-NFLPA partnership and the last five drafts, plus catching up with Mike Lodish, Kirk Morrison, Don Beebe and Jim Kelly.

Inside The Bills | A league ranking of last 5 drafts

"DraftMetrics.com has put together a comprehensive look at the success rate of each NFL club with their draft choices over the past five years (2008-2012) and subsequently ranked them."

I'm not a big fan of this rating. It doesn't talk about how good any of the players are, it just worries about whether they started and gives a short look at Pro Bowl numbers. Just because the Bills had no better options doesn't make the guys they drafted any good. Looking at the top few teams on the list, none of the top six made the playoffs, while the Ravens and 49ers are in the bottom 11.

Former Pro On Harvard NFL Health Study: "Long Time Coming" | WBUR

"The ear hole in the helmet is right here, so you’d slam him in the head, right in the ear hole, and that would knock him out," Byrd recalled. "And that was accepted play. That was the way the game was played."

Butch Byrd was a physical defensive back for the Buffalo Bills who is very happy to see the NFLPA and Harvard partner on this study. It's the first step in helping these players maintain some sort of worthwhile life after they leave the game. In addition to the mental problems associated with multiple concussions, Byrd discusses the other players he played with who can barely walk. The institute will try to help them, too, with a much broader scope than head injuries. It's a step in the right direction.

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Walker's Fab 40: Nos. 13-16 - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Jairus Byrd is a respectable 14th, but Jake Long at No. 12 is like voting Jeff Saturday to the Pro Bowl.

Where are they now? Mike Lodish - BuffaloBills.com
Ever wonder what Mike Lodish is up to now? Peanut brittle. The answer is peanut brittle.

Kirk Morrison wants to return to Bills, prove what he can do - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Despite his experience with Buffalo, Morrison wants to re-sign and prove himself all over again under new coach Doug Marrone."

Jim Kelly never has watched any of the Bills' four Super Bowl losses - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Never have seen a game film in any of the Super Bowls, never watched one," Kelly tells CBS reporter Susan Spencer. "If I went back, I would have to repeat that all over in my mind."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Buffalo Connections To Super Bowl XLVII
Some pretty thin connections from Joe Buscaglia here. "This guy's from Buffalo and his college roommate..." It makes me think of Spaceballs.

Don Beebe reflects on Leon Lett and the 20th anniversary of 'The Play' - SBNation.com
"The former receiver for the Bills and Packers reflects on a NFL record six Super Bowl appearances and the single play that defined his career."

Thurman Thomas sports bar to be named "34 Rush" - The Daily News Online
Thurman Thomas is lending his name to the new sports bar at Batavia Downs.

Potential 2013 Buffalo Bills roster changes - The Penalty Flag Blog
One writer thinks the Bills should let Andy Levitre walk and draft Alabama guard Chance Warmack at No. 8. Yeah - because creating a hole to fill it on draft day is the right way to build a franchise.

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