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Hybrid equals ‘D’ at No. 3 | THE BEST OF NICK MENDOLA . . .LIVE
"This reinforces my belief that a player like Auburn’s Nick Fairley or Bama’s Marcel Dareus (pictured above) helps the Bills in the most direct, immediate and long-term fashion. Having a guy who can comfortably play alongside Kyle Williams in the 4-3 but also be quick enough to swing outside to 3-4 would be imperative."

Bills Roundup: NFL Combine Day 2 Wrap -
"Day two of the NFL Scouting Combine featured quarterbacks, running backs, and wide receivers talking with the media, including Blaine Gabbert, A.J. Green, and Mark Ingram."

Second pick could be first rate - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan takes a look at the value of the 34th overall pick and the players the Bills could select at that spot.

2011 NFL Scouting Combine
NFL Combine: Gabbert set to outwork competition -

“I’m going to outwork everybody,” said Gabbert plainly. “That’s how I was raised, that nothing is ever going to be given to you in life. You’ve got to earn everything you get and that’s kind of the mindset I’ve taken to football and school. You’ve got to work for what you get in life. That’s why I’m never going to stop working or be outworked by anyone else.”

Anthony Castonzo Meets the Media -
The Boston College OT speaks with the media at the Combine.

Danny Watkins Meets the Media -
The Baylor OG speaks with the media at the Combine.

A.J. Green Meets the Media -
Georgia WR A.J. Green meets the media.

Blaine Gabbert Meets the Media -
Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert speaks with the media at the Combine.

Jake Locker Meets the Media -
Jake Locker, the Washington QB, meets with the media at the NFL Combine.

Inside The Bills | Lombardi prefers Dareus
"NFL Network draft analyst Michael Lombardi was asked about making a decision between taking Nick Fairley or Marcell Dareus, a decision the Bills could be faced with at third overall in April. Lombardi prefers Dareus due in large part to his proven production over the past three years versus the one year of production by Fairley."

Inside The Bills | Locker working w/old Jets QB
“I’m working with Ken O’Brien right now in Irvine, California,” said Locker. “I’ll be out there for a couple of more weeks before I head up to Seattle and throw with the receivers I’ll throw with on my pro day.”

Inside The Bills | Gabbert & Ponder fishing buds
"Two of the better quarterbacks in the 2011 draft pool have bonded the past couple of months. Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder have both been preparing for the NFL combine and their respective pro days at a sports performance facility in Arizona." One activity they've enjoyed together has been fishing.

Gabbert, Locker see QB needs galore - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Both Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert see themselves going to a large number of teams who are in need of QB in the long or short term.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - QBs Not Named Newton
"Throughout the day, I spoke with Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, Pat Devlin, Ricky Stanzi and Greg McElroy among others. So here are the notable things said throughout the day from quarterbacks."

More Bills Links
Inside The Bills | One less QB option?

If Tyler Thigpen qualifies as a free agent the Miami Dolphins will let him sign elsewhere. Thigpen was Chan Gailey's QB in Kansas City and could be a backup option here in Buffalo.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Fitzpatrick Love: Smokescreen or Reality?
"From the first day at the 2011 NFL Combine, I came away with two impressions. 1.) The Buffalo Bills like Cam Newton. 2.) The Buffalo Bills like Ryan Fitzpatrick."

Interview: Ed Wang, NFL's first player of full Chinese descent - Shanghaiist
"Now traveling around China to promote the game during the off season, Shanghaiist met up with him at the Boxing Cat Brewery and talked about his Chinese heritage, how being the first Chinese player into the NFL was his dream from the get go, and his fear of scary movies."

Nix not a big trade-down guy - BillBoard - Blogs - The Buffalo News
"Nix and the Bills did not do a lot of trading in the 1990s during the John Butler regime. There were some trades (notably the Eli Manning deal), but not a lot, during Nix's tenure in San Diego."

Sports, Ink - Blogs - The Buffalo News
On this date in 1984 Joe Cribbs debuted with the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL after leaving the Buffalo Bills and winning his lawsuit.