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Fan Friday 4-16 – Inside The Bills
"[Head coach Chan Gailey] has been quoted as saying that Whitner is the starting strong safety and I believe free safety is Byrd’s job to lose. Bryan Scott will compete with Whitner. Linebacker is off the table for him. George Wilson will also compete at strong and free safety."

Sports, Ink: This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Cornering the market
On this day in 1999, the team selected Antoine Winfield and Peerless Price. See how the Buffalo News covered it that day.

Why Kiper is sold on Clausen – Inside The Bills
"Jimmy Clausen is a true competitor and I would take him very high in the first round. People that don’t like him can’t give me a reason why they don’t. The maturity issues they talk about maybe were there when he came out of high school, but they’re not there and haven’t been there of late. He galvanized that team and was a great leader. His arm strength is not Elway-like, but it’s good enough."

NFL Draft
Draft Profile: WR Decker's numbers outweigh injury - BuffaloBills.com

"We continue our pre-draft feature series with University of Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker."

Bills Focus: Wide Receiver Draft Preview (3:05) - BuffaloBills.com
The top prospects at WR in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Fan Friday 4-16 – Inside The Bills
Chris Brown answers a bunch of draft questions mainly focusing on offensive and defensive line prospects.

Gruden, Jaws both big on Clausen – Inside The Bills
"In a recent national conference call ESPN Monday Night Football analysts Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski were both effusive in their praise of Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen."

BillBoard: Draft watch: LB Jason Worilds
A quick look at Virginia Tech OLB prospect Jason Worilds.

NFL Draft Preview: Defensive tackles have a lot on their plates : The Buffalo News
The Buffalo News profiles the DT class including mid-round prospects.

NFL Mock Draft: One Week Left - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia makes a surprising pick for the Bills in his latest mock draft. With the three top OTs off the board he goes with CJ Spiller over Jimmy Clausen saying he doesn't think the Bills like him.

'Gruden's QB Camp' a must-see - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"ESPN analyst and quarterback expert Jon Gruden conducted a series of interviews and workouts with the top prospects in this year's draft class: Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame, Colt McCoy of Texas and Tim Tebow from Florida."

Notes & Quotes | Team Reports | NFL at CBSSports.com
"According to team researchers, 28 percent of Buffalo's draft picks since 2004 have turned into starters. Only New Orleans (29 percent) has done better."

BSD 2010 NFL Mock Draft (41 Picks) : Buffalo Sports Daily
With the top three OTs off the board, Patrick Moran mocks Georgia Tech OLB Derrick Morgan to Buffalo. He picks OT Roger Saffold in the second before moving on and taking a developmental QB in the third.

Clausen just raised his stock | Bleacher Report
Jimmy Clausen turned down the invite to New York City and the draft to spend the day with his grandfather in Florida when he learned the elder wouldn't be able to attend in NY.

Joe from NYC Blog: With the 9th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select...
Joe thinks the Bills will go with Derrick Morgan as well.

Other Bills Links
George Wilson's major acting debut - BuffaloBills.com

"Following the Super Bowl, he did a photo shoot for his personal website and Essence Magazine. Not long after he was contacted by a talent agency and quickly found himself, if only for a short while, turning his attentions from offseason conditioning to performing in a music video alongside R&B superstar Mary J. Blige."

AFC East influential in top five draft classes - AFC East Blog - ESPN
NFC West blogger Mike Sando has completed a list of the five greatest draft year classes since the AFL and NFL drafts merged. The 1983 class was determined to be the best. The Bills selected Jim Kelly and Darryl Talley that year. The OJ Simpson led 1969 draft class to fourth place while Bruce Smith propped up the fifth place 1985 class featuring Andre Reed and eventual Bill Steve Tasker.

Strategy and Personnel | Team Reports | NFL at CBSSports.com
Marcus Buggs and Justice Hairston were not offered ERFA contracts.

Terrell Owens waits for post-draft opportunities | ProFootballTalk.com
"We're told that Owens, who drew early interest during free agency from the Ravens and the Bengals, is hoping for opportunities to arise after next week's draft."

League monitoring new stadium plan for L.A. | ProFootballTalk.com
"Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times puts some meat on the bone, explaining that Tim Leiweke of Anschutz Entertainment Group and Casey Wasserman are investigating the possibility of building a stadium behind Staples Center, where the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center currently is located."