Buffalo Bills news, 5/8: 2014 NFL Draft begins tonight!

Al Bello

The draft begins tonight. Get the latest news and rumors to start your day.

Bills pushing to get to top of draft - Sports - The Buffalo News

"Giving up next year’s No. 1 would be the equivalent for Buffalo of doubling down on quarterback EJ Manuel. If Manuel disappoints this year or spends much of the season injured, next year’s top pick might be useful to draft another quarterback. Next year’s quarterback draft class is likely to be at least as good as this year’s crop."

2014 NFL Draft

2014 NFL Draft: Experts predict what Buffalo Bills will do in first round | syracuse.com
"Bills experts weigh in on what the Bills will do in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft." Including one guy with a familiar name.

Draft Show: Doug Whaley 1-on-1 Interview - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills General Manager Doug Whaley sits down with Chris Brown to discuss the depth of the 2014 draft class and draft day trade scenarios."

WATCH ONLINE: Bills Draft Special - BuffaloBills.com
"Hosted by WKBW Sports Director Jeff Russo, the 2014 Bills Draft Special presented by New Era features draft analysis from Bills Insider Chris Brown and the voice of the Bills John Murphy."

Mock Draft Review [INFOGRAPHIC] - BuffaloBills.com
"Can't keep track of all the mock drafts? We've boiled it down into these six things to know from all the projections."

Inside The Bills | Whaley on making most of picks in 2014 draft
Whaley: "One thing I was always taught in this business was never be afraid to make a deal."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - CAPACCIO: First Round's On Me (mock And Bills Thoughts)
Sal's mock draft is pretty standard fare but the analysis he gives preceding it is very good stuff. Give it a read.

Many ways Buffalo Bills can go in draft - Democrat and Chronicle
"There are several ways the Bills can go in the first round. And no matter who it ends up being, it’s a pretty good bet that player is going to make the Bills a little better." #Analysis

Sal Maiorana: Five players the Bills could take - Democrat and Chronicle
"What this means for the Bills at No. 9 is that there could be several interesting scenarios presented to them. Depending on how things play out, here's a list of five players who could realistically wind up wearing a Buffalo uniform in 2014."

Who will Bills take in first round? - The Bradford Era: Sports
Chuck Pollack breaks down tonight's first round.

2014 NFL.com Live Mock Draft: Bills No. 9 - NFL Videos
"01:12 – Brian Billick goes with an offensive weapon for the Buffalo Bills' ninth overall pick." Billick does a nice job breaking stuff down and ultimately takes Eric Ebron. Smart.

Mayock Mock Draft- No. 9 - Bills - NFL Videos
"00:21 – The Buffalo Bills took a quarterback in the first round in 2013, which means they take a guy to protect the quarterback with the No. 9 overall pick." He goes Zack Martin because of his versatility.

New stadium, owner

NFL commissioner says new stadium would keep Bills viable - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"We said at the time when they entered into their new lease, that this is really a short-term solution. We need to find the right long-term solution that is good for the community and can help the Bills continue to be successful in Western New York, and I’m confident we’ll get there," he said Wednesday at an NFL-sponsored event in Manhattan, ahead of today’s first round of the NFL Draft.

Roger Goodell says Buffalo Bills need new stadium in order to remain in Buffalo area - ESPN
"At this time, all options should be part of the discussion and nothing should be disregarded," Poloncarz said in a statement released in response to Goodell's comments.

Cuomo ‘on same page’ as NFL commissioner about new stadium - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"We will do what we have to do to keep the Bills in Western New York," Cuomo said late today. "I spoke with Commissioner Goodell and County Executive Poloncarz yesterday, and we’re all on the same page: If a new stadium is what’s needed and is possible, it will get done."

NFL commissioner says league wants 'right ownership' to keep Bills 'successful in WNY - Toronto Sun
"Well that hasn't happened, so you're dealing with a lot of hypotheticals there," Goodell said. "There are two votes. There's one vote to approve an ownership, and if the team potentially relocates that's another vote. We're not making this one vote. We're making this two separate votes. And the intention is that whoever buys the team will be trying to make the team work in Western New York."

More clicks

Thad Lewis: "They were drafted and I wasn't" - AUDIO - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills Quarterback Thad Lewis joins The John Murphy Show to discuss his path to the NFL after going undrafted and his success so far in the league."

Doug Whaley's statement on Marcell Dareus - BuffaloBills.com
"We are, obviously, disappointed with this latest development involving Marcell Dareus. We will be in contact with the league regarding the situation and continue to offer support and assistance to Marcell."

On a team that doles out second chances, Marcell Dareus puts Bills in a bad spot - BN Blitz - The Buffalo News
"Two sources informed me today the team has been concerned about Dareus' marijuana usage since Chan Gailey was coach, but nobody has been able to convince Dareus to stop getting high."

NFL Nation: 4 Downs - AFC East - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Nobody thinks the Bills had a good free agency period but none of them say "Jairus Byrd" in the process of explaining why. All four AFC East bloggers think the Bills could take a quarterback in the first three rounds. EJ Manuel, coincidentally, has the most two prove as a second-year player according to all of them.

AFC East Offseason Winner - ESPN Video - ESPN
"Which team in the AFC East has had the most successful offseason so far? Jim Basquil and Ryan Clark break it down."

Timing of Graham grievance is curious | ProFootballTalk
The Bills could pass on Eric Ebron and instead sign Jimmy Graham to a massive offer, giving up 2015 and 2016 first round picks in the process.

Jills’ management firm blames Bills for lack of support in face of lawsuit - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Jills cheer their hearts out for the Bills at their games, but the team didn’t show any support for the cheerleaders after five former Jills sued the team and the company that manages the Jills over their pay and treatment, the company’s attorney and owner said Wednesday."

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