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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 4/29

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Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey Press Conference -
"The Bills general manager and head coach talk about the selection of Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus as their 2011 1st round pick."

Hardships helped to shape Dareus -
"An NFL prospect with humble beginnings is a story that’s been told before. Rising above trying circumstances to carve out a successful professional career has been done by a good many NFL players. It’d be hard however, to think that anyone experienced as much personal loss as Alabama’s Marcell Dareus."

Inside The Bills | Best on the board
"Buffalo selects 34th or second overall in round two. Here’s a rundown of some players by position that could be seen as best on the board by the Bills at the top of round 2, which gets underway at 6 pm on Friday."

Marcell Dareus the newest Buffalo Bill
Marcell Dareus Conference Call -

"The Bills 1st round pick talks with the Buffalo media about becoming the highest draft pick since Bruce Smith."

Buffalo Bills select Marcell Dareus -
"The Buffalo Bills select Alabama DT Marcell Dareus with the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft." via

Bills Roundup: Thursday Wrap Up, Dareus Selected -
"Chris Brown wraps up day one of the 2011 NFL Draft with comments from Chan Gailey and Buddy Nix on the selection of Marcell Dareus in the first round, as well as looks ahead to day two of the draft."

Bills 1st Round Pick: Marcell Dareus -
" takes an in-depth look at one of the top prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft, Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. The versatile defensive lineman would be an attractive option for any NFL defense."

NFL Network Profile: Marcell Dareus -
"The NFL Network takes a look at the Bills 1st round draft choice, Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus."

Marcell takes Manhattan -
"Take a trip behind the scenes with Bills 1st round pick Marcell Dareus as he makes an appearance on Sirius radio and goes shopping in the Big Apple."

First 24: Dreamin' with Marcell Dareus -
"Bills 1st round pick Marcell Dareus is living the high life in New York as he and his fellow draft-mates tour New York the Wednesday before the 2011 NFL Draft." via

Bills add a big piece with DL Dareus -
"Bills general manager Buddy Nix said hours before the draft that he couldn’t see how they could screw up the third overall pick. Nix might have sold himself short as he and his personnel staff look like they hit a home run with arguably the most complete defensive lineman in the entire draft class, Alabama’s Marcell Dareus."

Transcript: Nix & Gailey on Dareus -
The full transcript from Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey.

Transcript: Marcell Dareus -
The complete transcript from the conference call with the newest Buffalo Bill.

YouTube - Sport Science: Marcell Dareus
"Marcell Dareus stops by the Sport Science labs to demonstrate his athleticism." You MUST check out this video to see him level the tackling dummy and throw the host around like a rag doll.

Inside The Bills | Bills scout on Dareus
"Athletic big man," said Heinlen. "He’s powerful. He’s explosive. The ability he has to shed blockers is what impresses me the most. His ability to engage the offensive tackle or guard or center when he’s playing at the nose on occasion and control that blocker and either collapse the pocket, discard the player to make a play or to just change what the offense is trying to do that’s the thing that’s most impressive with him."

Inside The Bills | Mayock: Dareus All-Pro potential
"If you’re looking at players where you say All-Pro potential, clean off the field, and an ability not to be a bust and play at a high level for a long time, for me those are the four guys," said Mayock.

Bills address biggest need with Dareus - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"Dareus, 6-foot-3 and 319 pounds, immediately upgrades Buffalo's woeful run defense. Buffalo ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed last year and has ranked in the bottom 11 in the 32-team league against the run six straight seasons."

Bills' pick should fit right in - Jerry Sullivan - The Buffalo News
Jerry Sullivan is strangely rosy about the Bills 2011 outlook and selection Thursday.

Dareus' journey reaches desired destination - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"The journey to the NFL began back in Birmingham, Ala., where a small-town kid dared to have big dreams that such a thing was possible. The journey continued in Huffman High School and the University of Alabama, where his burgeoning talent was cultivated. Thursday night, Marcell Dareus' journey reached its desired destination — the NFL."

Buffalo Bills excited about adding defensive lineman Marcell Dareus | Democrat and Chronicle
"Nix and head coach Chan Gailey believe that Dareus — who was sitting there at No. 3 after Carolina chose Newton and Denver opted instead for linebacker Von Miller — is going to be a truly great player and they were ecstatic that they'll get to watch him pursue that greatness wearing a Buffalo uniform."

Buffalo Bills draft Marcell Dareus with No. 3 overall pick | Democrat and Chronicle
"Dareus was considered by most draft experts to be the best defensive lineman in the draft, a player who can play in both a 3-4 and 4-3 front which is a must for the Bills because they will play both this season. The 6-foot-3, 319-pounder is a superb run stuffer on the edge, and also a viable pass rusher who made 11 sacks in two years with the Crimson Tide."

Bills, Dolphins make safe picks, avoid QBs - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Yet the two AFC East clubs that went into the draft with quarterback curiosity steered clear of the frenzy. The Buffalo Bills certainly did so by choice, the Miami Dolphins perhaps by circumstance."

Buffalo thrilled Denver passed on Dareus - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Nix said if Dareus wasn't on the board, the Bills "very likely" would have considered taking Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert rather than another defensive player such as Texas A&M outside linebacker Von Miller."

Bills bolster D-line with Marcell Dareus - AFC East Blog - ESPN
A quick recap of Marcell Dareus and what he brings to the table.

Bills Grab DT Marcell Dareus With Third Overall Pick - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Here what pundits from the football world are saying about the pick:"

Alabama's Marcell Dareus is No. 3 pick in NFL Draft by Buffalo Bills |
"The 21-year-old Dareus is Alabama's earliest draft pick since linebacker Cornelius Bennett was taken with the second overall pick in the 1987 draft."

Marcell Dareus says he'll become 'unmoveable object' for Bills -
Marcell Dareus talks about the type of player he's going to be for the Bills and what he will bring to the table.

More Bills Draft
Starters Welcome At One Bills Drive - WGR 550 SportsRadio

"Adding starters to a woeful defense is absolutely necessary, and if they're not in love with any of the quarterbacks, then there's no reason to feel pressure to take that player. At 34, you need a starter. And in a defensive heavy draft, you can get one with plenty of players falling out of the initial 32 picks.""

Jonah Bronstein: Still not time to draft a QB - Bills - Niagara Gazette
"The Bills need to find a franchise quarterback sooner or later, but now’s not the time. Besides, there might be a better option after the draft." It appears, though, that Bronstein thinks the Bills should take.... Vince Young from the Titans?

Top Ten Draft Busts Of Kevin Colbert Era: No. 2 -- OG Kraig Urbik - Behind the Steel Curtain
Not too kind to Buffalo's current top interior reserve. Urbik could find his way into Buffalo's starting lineup this offseason.

This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Ill-fated choice - Sports, Ink - The Buffalo News
Thirty years ago yesterday the Bills picked a fullback with their top selection. He stunk.