Buffalo Bills news, 5/12: 2014 Bills' draft inspiring cautious optimism

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills' 2014 picks are getting most fans - and some columnists - excited about the prospects of the playoffs for the first time since Bill Clinton was in office.

Bills go all in on EJ’s offense - Sports - The Buffalo News

"The Bills’ general manager has done the equivalent of pushing all his chips into the middle of the table on Manuel — then taking his watch off and throwing that into the pot for good measure."

How to buy and sell an NFL team - City & Region - The Buffalo News

"They outlined the process for selling a pro football franchise, though all acknowledged the exception in the Bills’ case: Its sale by a group of four estate trust members who reside in Michigan and whose bottom-line financial goals for the transaction are still far from certain."

2014 NFL Draft

Bills inspire cautious optimism - Sports - The Buffalo News
"It’s a big IF among many. But if the aforementioned factors come together, and if the Bills stay healthy, and if they win on the road, and if their defense responds to Jim Schwartz, we’re not going to be talking about the Bills making the playoffs. We’ll be wondering how far they can go when the postseason begins."

Mel Kiper Jr. gives Buffalo Bills low marks in draft - ESPN
Mike Rodak disagrees with Kiper, who gave the Bills his second-lowest grade.

Buffalo Bills post-draft roster breakdown - ESPN
"Here's a position-by-position breakdown of the roster:"

Bills should have simply made a run at Jimmy Graham | ProFootballTalk
"In the end, the Bills gave up more to get Watkins than they would have had to give up to get Graham. For Watkins, it was two first-round picks (one of which was a top-10 selection in 2014) and a fourth-round pick. For Graham, it would have been a first-round pick in 2015 and a first-round pick in 2016."

What conclusions do we draw from Bills’ aggressive draft? - Olean Times Herald
"But clearly, their best ticket to job security is for the Bills to end their 14-year absence from the post-season."

John Dudley: Draft proves -- or disproves -- what we thought about teams' needs | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News
"Not surprising: Watkins and Koudanjio. Surprising: No safety, and GM Doug Whaley's willingness to part with a potentially high first-rounder next year for Watkins."

Undrafted free-agent deals for all 32 NFL teams - NFL.com
Updated Sunday night. "Florida LB Darrin Kitchens; Vanderbilt S Kenny Ladler; Buffalo WR Alex Neutz"

Biggest questions surrounding Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins - NFL Videos
Will Sammy Watkins have more receiving yards than Calvin Johnson? This year, next year, or never? That's the question posed. Kind of unfair for now.

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Seismic Shift In Team Culture Is Creating Massive Tremors At One Bills Drive | Bills Mafia -- #BillsMafia
"If you think it’s been business as usual since the death of Mr. Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., you must be living off the electrical grid. Like most Bills fans, I wondered for years what would happen at One Bills Drive when there was an eventual change in ownership. It feels like we, as fans, are entering into a brave new world."

Buffalo Bills Pick-by-Pick 2014 NFL Draft Review | Buffalo Bills Draft
"We take a look at each of the Bills’ selections and assess how well the team did in addressing their needs and maximizing value." It's a thorough look.

My ode to Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Wins
Joe reminisces about the unique person and player that is Stevie Johnson.

Bills take well-rounded approach on final day of draft - AFC East Daily
"They made four picks at four different positions Saturday, doing some wheeling and dealing in the process. The most common theme, however, was the offensive front."

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Inside The Bills | State of the 2015 draft
"So at this point Buffalo has a total of seven picks for the 2015 draft (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 5th, 6th, 7th), but they could lose one if certain statistical figures are attained by Bryce Brown for the Bills in the 2014 season."

Ten Reasons Why Milstein and Niagara Falls Probably Will Not Get the Buffalo Bills - Niagara Falls Reporter
A very good look at why the Bills in Niagara Falls is a really bad idea.

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