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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Bills draft record not as bad as you think - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham writes the most in-depth piece on Tom Modrak I've ever read. It's a must-read as we prepare for this year's draft.

PFT Live: Buffalo needs playmakers | ProFootballTalk
"Buffalo GM Buddy Nix says Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to be the team’s starter but doesn’t rule out drafting a QB in this year’s draft, believes the Bills need playmakers and more depth, discusses his team’s lack of primetime exposure and more in the final segment of Thursday’s PFT Live."

Former Penn State stars Paul Posluszny and Sean Lee train in Pittsburgh |
"The NFL's owners locked out the players in early March when the collective bargaining agreement expired. Posluszny and Lee plan on being in top shape when the lockout ends."

2011 NFL Draft
Bills scouts talk quarterbacks - BillBoard - The Buffalo News

"Shawn Heinlen scouted Auburn's Cam Newton, Florida State's Christian Ponder, Arkansas' Ryan Mallett and TCU's Andy Dalton. Brian Fisher evaluated MIssouri's Blaine Gabbert as well as Iowa's Ricky Stanzi." Check out what they have to say.

Did Andre Reed tip Bills' hand on Ponder? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Lookin forward to calling your name Draft Day!!!!!!!!!Bills brash like ur style" Does it mean anything? Not likely.

Bills Scouts on Newton and Gabbert -
Bills scouts talk on the top two QBs in the draft.

Bills Scout on Ponder and Mallett -
What do the Bills think of Christian Ponder and Ryan Mallett? Check it out.

Bills Scout on Dareus and Miller -
The top two defenders in the draft get the scouting department treatment.

Inside The Bills | Comparing Miller to Bruce
"Von is the same thing but in smaller package. He’s got that same ability to be able to do that where he’s so low to the ground but yet he’s able to maintain his power, his leverage, and his speed and take on the contact from the tackle and continue to progress. It’s a rare trait that I haven’t seen in any linebacker I’ve looked at."

Inside The Bills | DE Quinn with a Bills tie
"Former Bills wide receiver Don Beebe served as Quinn’s speed coach during the pre-draft process."

Draft Watch: AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham thinks Cam Newton is the Bills dream scenario with several other prospects filling a void if he is off the board.

NFL Mock Draft #5 - WGR 550 SportsRadio
With Cam Newton and Marcell Dareus off the board, Joe Buscaglia goes Von Miller. At 34 he sticks with FSU QB Christian Ponder.

The Road to the Draft: OT Kevin Hughes - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
A look at late-round prospect Kevin Hughes.

Von Miller's freakish skills - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
"How good is Miller? This is how Bills regional scout Shawn Heinlen sized him up Thursday:"

Retired players will announce second-round draft picks | ProFootballTalk
"Thirty-two retired players, one from every team, will announce their former teams’ second-round draft picks next Friday night."

The BSD Projected Buffalo Bills "Big Board" : Buffalo Sports Daily
"With less than a week to go before the 2011 NFL draft, it’s time to make our big board. Before scrolling down to the bottom of the page to view in its entirety, please review the compiled list of notes directly pertaining to it."

A Solid Breakdown Of Bills Draft Prospect Robert Quinn : Buffalo Sports Daily
Der Jaeger's breakdown gets, well, broken down.

2011 Mock Draft - XTRA Sports 910 - The Valley's Sports Leader
Brian Galliford has the Bills taking Von Miller in this mock.

More Bills Links
Nix on Brady the prospect - BillBoard - The Buffalo News

Buddy Nix discusses Tom Brady's entry into the NFL.

NFL Draft successes and busts 10-year evaluation: 4th overall bust - Mocking The Draft
Mike Williams beats out the likes of Peter Warrick and Dewayne Robertson for this prestigious honor.

NFL Draft: Cornerbacks unpopular in first round - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Tom Donahoe, who ran the drafts of the Steelers and Buffalo Bills for a period of 20 years and will be in New York next week contributing to ESPN's coverage of the draft."

Mike Shanahan On Playing Football In Toronto -
"It's really not like playing a preseason game," Shanahan said, "because those games don't count. I think everyone looks forward to going to someplace they haven't been. I've heard so many great things about Toronto, relating to the population and what type of city it is. I've just heard all kinds of positive things. So I'm kind of looking forward to that as [is] our team. I've been to Buffalo a number of times, but I've never been to Toronto so I'm looking forward to it."