Buffalo Bills news, 5/9: Bills pick Sammy Watkins after big trade

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The Buffalo Bills made the biggest move of the 2014 draft to put themselves over the hump. Will it work?

Buffalo Bills draft Sammy Watkins after Doug Whaley's gutsy trade | The MMQB with Peter King
"We’ve got to win," Whaley said. "We’ve got to win now. Fourteen years of not making the playoffs. Fourteen years. The people here deserve so much more. We need to give them more. We need to give them a winning team. We need to do it for the people of this region, and we need to do it for Mr. Wilson."

Bills Roundup: Sammy Watkins First Round Pick - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"Chris Brown and John Murphy recap the Bills first round of the NFL Draft and their selection of Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins."

Dabo Swinney: Watkins a low-maintenance superstar - AUDIO - BuffaloBills.com
"Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney talks with John Murphy about Sammy Watkins 'wow' factor and more."

Sammy Watkins: "I am prepared." - BuffaloBills.com
"Sammy Watkins spoke to the media via telephone from Radio City Music Hall in New York shortly after being chosen by the Buffalo Bills." Audio and transcript.

Inside the Bills draft room - PHOTOS - BuffaloBills.com
The reaction shots of the trade as it's going on are pretty epic. Check this out.

Watkins surprised, ecstatic to be a Bill - BuffaloBills.com
"I didn’t really think they were going to come up and get me," said Watkins by conference call from New York minutes after being named the Bills first round pick. "I had my interview with them and Doug Whaley just kept telling me that he was going to get me and I thought it was all fun and games because I was on an interview. Then the next thing you know here we are on May 8th and I’m a Buffalo Bill."

Bills are bold, trade up and land Watkins - BuffaloBills.com
"We went into this draft saying we were going to be bold and we made a bold move," said Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon. "I just want to give a lot of credit obviously to our General Manager Doug Whaley and our scouts and the preparation that has gone on over the last eight months. Obviously Sammy Watkins was a player that was very, very, very high on our board and someone that we felt could contribute immediately and we’re sitting up here very pleased."

Russ Brandon: "We made a bold move" - BuffaloBills.com
"Bills president and CEO Russ Brandon and general manager Doug Whaley address the media after the Bills first-round selection." Full transcript.

5 things you need to know about Sammy Watkins - BuffaloBills.com
A few quick-hitters to familiarize yourself with the newest Bills player.

Buffalo Bills select Sammy Watkins with No. 4 pick - VIDEO - BuffaloBills.com
"The Buffalo Bills select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft." See the immediate aftermath of the pick where Sammy Watkins takes selfies with the Commish and gets interviewed by Prime Time.

Bills nab Watkins with bold move - Sports - The Buffalo News
"Watkins, a 6-foot-1, 211-pounder, was widely acknowledged as the top receiver in the draft. He has elite speed and quickness and boasts rare leaping ability to catch balls in the air, both down the sideline and over the middle."

Whaley puts his reputation on the line - Sports - The Buffalo News
"The Bills’ general manager put his reputation squarely on the line Thursday night, sending the ninth overall pick of this year’s draft, plus next year’s first- and fourth-round selections, to the Cleveland Browns for the right to draft Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick," says Jerry Sullivan. And he is right.

Sammy Watkins: 'What I love doing is dominating defenses' - BN Blitz - The Buffalo News
Watkins: "Everyone knows all wide receivers can catch balls and score, but for me I'm focusing on the little things: blocking, getting off the press and being a physical, dominant receiver."

Bills bank on playoffs this season as part of big Sammy Watkins wager - BN Blitz - The Buffalo News
Tim Graham: "If the Bills don't reach the postseason, then they very well could find themselves in the market for another quarterback but without a first-round pick in a year that's believed to be good for quarterbacks."

Bills swing 'last-minute' deal to draft Clemson WR Sammy Watkins fourth overall - BN Blitz - The Buffalo News
"A Bills source informed me a couple hours before the draft that trade talks were quiet and they believed they would keep the ninth overall pick. The Browns stepped up to make a deal the Bills liked. Whaley called it a 'last-minute' trade."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: It's About Time That We See Some Guts
"I am so tired of safe and boring, that’s Darcy Regier, Buddy Nix, Dick Jauron and Marv Levy. Hold Whaley accountable because you know what, he wouldn’t have it any other way."

Buffalo Bills going for broke with 'bold' trade - ESPN
"But giving up a 2015 first-round pick for Watkins? That makes this a win-or-else season for the current regime in Buffalo."

Buffalo Bills pick Sammy Watkins in 1st - ESPN
"Watkins is one of the draft's best talents, but I just don't think you give up your first-round pick next year for him."

Todd McShay on Sammy Watkins To Bills - ESPN Video - ESPN
"Todd McShay breaks down the Buffalo Bills drafting Sammy Watkins with the fourth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft."

NFL Draft 2014: Sammy Watkins will take pressure off E.J. Manuel - SBNation.com
"Interestingly, as defenses focus on Watkins, things should open up for two of the faster receivers in the NFL --  Goodwin and Woods -- and combined with C.J. Spiller, Manuel has all the offensive weapons he needs at his disposal."

NFL Draft results 2014: Sammy Watkins selected by Bills at No. 4 - SBNation.com
A great breakdown from one of SB Nation's draft experts. Check it out.

NFL Draft: Browns Trade No. 4 Pick to Bills, Acquire a 2015 1st-Round Pick - Dawgs By Nature
Browns fans are pretty stoked about the trade.

Bills trade up in Draft to grab Sammy Watkins - The Phinsider
"A more likely scenario is that Watkins shows flashes of greatness for a few years in Orchard Park , but is then allowed to walk in free agency." Sad face.

Buffalo, Cleveland big NFL draft winners in Round 1
"For the Bills to create the biggest buzz in the early stages of the draft by trading up five spots to grab dynamic wideout Sammy Watkins gave their loyal fan base something to cheer about."

Bills trade up to draft Clemson WR Sammy Watkins - Democrat and Chronicle
"By making this move, Whaley has now given Manuel a premier talent at wide receiver, something the Bills have long lacked. In essence, what the GM is saying is that Manuel now has the weapons he needs to succeed, and it's on him to make things happen in the Buffalo offense."

Bills will find out quickly if trade up for Watkins was worth it - The Bradford Era
Chuck Pollack notes the Falcons trading up for Julio Jones put them over the top. Could it do the same for the Bills?

Clemson WR Sammy Watkins will play for his favorite team as a boy: the Buffalo Bills – The Post and Courier
"The Buffalo Bills were my favorite team, before (ex-Clemson tailback) C.J. (Spiller) even went there," Watkins said on Jan. 9. "I don't know, I just always liked the Buffalo Bills."

Family, friends celebrate as South Fort Myers' Sammy Watkins gets picked No. 4 by Bills - Naples Daily News
"As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the Buffalo Bills selected South Fort Myers High School graduate Sammy Watkins No. 4 overall in the NFL draft on Thursday night, the humble house on American Avenue in Fort Myers nearly burst with emotion. "

2014 NFL Draft: Bills get a C- for trading to select Sammy Watkins - CBSSports.com
"Watkins to Bills: They need an explosive playmaker, and I like Watkins. But moving up can be risky. Does he put them over the top? GRADE C-"

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