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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 4/27

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

Inside The Bills | Bills will add a QB
"Besides Ryan Fitzpatrick, who’s projected to be the starter for the 2011 season, Buffalo has only one other quarterback under contract in Levi Brown, a 2010 seventh-round draft pick."

Players waste time by showing up - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham explains why players showing up to fulfill workout bonuses were misinformed.

First round is coming, but at what cost? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
A look back at the money payed to first round draft picks in the AFC East in the last ten years and how a rookie wage scale could impact the draft.


2011 NFL Draft
South Carolina DE Cliff Matthews drawing increased interest | National Football Post
The Bills are among the majority of NFL teams who have come calling about South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews.

Mock Draft Watch 5.0 -
Von Miller, Cam Netwon, Marcell Dareus and Blaine Gabbert get the lion's share of the mocks to the Bills. Why on earth is Ryan Mallett even on this list?

A Prince at cornerback -
"He’s been considered the second fiddle in the cornerback class since the 2011 NFL pre-draft process began. Perhaps it’s fitting that the supremely talented Nebraska cornerback who’s forecast to go as high as the top 10 in April’s draft has a first name of Prince. To casual observers and those in the know, LSU’s Patrick Peterson is king when it comes to cornerbacks this year. That puts Prince Amukamara second… a very close second."

Bills Scout on Locker and Kaepernick -
The Bills' scouts covering the West Coast disscuss the two QBs.

Top Prospect Profile: Patrick Peterson -
Peterson is the final prospect to get highlighted by

Draft Preview: 3. Buffalo Bills |
Brian Galliford is interviewed for this draft feature on the Bills.

SportsBlast 7.0 NFL Lockout Lifted | WKBW
"Jeff Russo has the latest, plus goes one-on-one with Todd McShay of ESPN with the NFL Draft now just days away."

Wilkerson the next big thing from MAC? -
"In a draft class where the depth of talent lies on the defensive line it’s easy for a Mid-American conference performer to get lost in the shuffle. Sure former MAC stars like Josh Cribbs, Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Turner are names to look up to, but for Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, he’d prefer to have a career more like Cullen Jenkins."

Inside The Bills | Bills mock leaders
"Courtesy of the Bills media relations department here are the most popular selections made by draft prognosticators during the pre-draft process. Over 140 mock drafts have been tracked and here are the results as to which players have appeared the most in Buffalo’s draft slot at third overall."

Inside The Bills | Nix: Cam can learn a scheme
"Cam Newton is a guy that can learn whatever you want to teach him," said Nix. "He’s done that all his life and he can do it again. Whatever offense you’re running if you give him time he can learn it and it doesn’t matter which one it is."

Bills Scouts' Notebook, Ver. 3 - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Just two days ahead of the 2011 NFL Draft, a pair of scouts employed by the Buffalo Bills once again were made available to the media. Today, it was Rashaan Curry (West Coast and Houston area) and Tom Roth (Philadelphia to Atlanta and Ohio State)."

Hoping the Buffalo Bills don't take a QB No. 34 | Democrat and Chronicle
"My theory is that the really good QBs are chosen in the first round. A talented NFL team can afford to gamble on a QB prospect in the second round but the lesser teams can't afford that luxury."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Bills can't afford a first-pick QB
"What we do believe is that there are a minimum of four safe picks at the top of the draft and, if we could give the Bills any advice, it would be to limit themselves to one of these with their first pick. Cornerback Patrick Peterson out of LSU, Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller, Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and Georgia Bulldogs wideout A.J. Green are those four."

Look for Bills to draft lineman - Brantford Expositor - Ontario, CA
"Kelly Ireland believes football games are won in the trenches. So Ireland, an offensive lineman during his playing days in university, believes the Buffalo Bills should concentrate on solidifying their offensive and defensive lines when the annual NFL draft of college players starts with the first round Thursday night."

More Bills Links
YouTube - Mel Kiper III's 2011 NFL Mock Draft

A much different way of thinking about the draft. NSFW language near the end.

Zeke Pike's dad played college football with Auburn's Ted Roof |
Mark Pike's son, Zeke, committed to Auburn last week.

For Bills players, no business, as usual - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"Just because we have a decision rendered in our favor, my mind-set hasn't changed," said safety George Wilson, the Bills' player representative. "I'm still set on working out on my own. We knew that whoever didn't get the ruling in their favor was going to file an appeal. At the end of the day this is what I expected, and what we told all our guys."