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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 4/30

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 add size at corner -
"Everything goes in cycles in football and it’s gotten now where you’ve got big receivers and you need big corners and they’re hard to find," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "This guy is talented. He’s really a good athlete. He’s got some versatility. He can play corner obviously. He can play in the slot in nickel. We think he can also play safety."

More help for run 'D' in LB Sheppard -
"He played sideline to sideline at the Senior Bowl better than he did sometimes on tape," said Gailey. "We were really able to see his speed there. He made all conference and we heard some good things about him, but we also heard there were some limitations with him running sideline to sideline and we saw just the opposite. We saw him make plays all over the field and that was eye-opening for us."

Fitz gains sense of security - Jerry Sullivan - The Buffalo News
"Chan did call me soon before the lockout happened," Fitzpatrick said. "He told me, 'You're our guy next year for sure, regardless of what we do in the draft. If we draft a quarterback, it'll be because we see him as a 10- to 12-year guy.' It was cool of him to do that, to think of me before the lockout even arose."

More from Marcell Dareus
Marcell Dareus Press Conference -

"The Bills 1st round pick is introduced to the Buffalo media and talks about being selected 3rd overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, and looking forward to playing in Buffalo."

Bills Focus: Marcell Dareus 1-on-1 -
"Buffalo's first round choice talks about his life experiences, his mentality on defense, and has a message for Bills fans."

Inside The Bills | Marcell takes in stadium "
"Bills top pick Marcell Dareus is still taking in all that Buffalo has to offer. Here he is getting his first look at Ralph Wilson Stadium."

Mom shared Dareus' NFL dream - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"Michelle Luckey was Dareus' mother, his beacon, the love of his life. She passed away last May of a congestive heart ailment at the age of 47. But it was how she lived that serves as an inspiration for Dareus."

Wilson expects big things from Dareus - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"I told him about a meeting I had today about the Wall of Fame," Wilson continued. "He said, 'I want to go over to see the stadium.' I said, 'Your name will be up there someday.'"

Marcell Dareus brings determination to Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"Marcell Dareus has overcome some big obstacles on his way to the NFL."

Marcell Dareus makes colossal impression - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham is more impressed by Dareus' stature but then moves on to his words which are also impactful.

Bills' Dareus Exudes Determination - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"In short, Marcell Dareus said all the right things to the media on Friday, and if the Bills get their way, he'll continue saying the right things for a very long time."

Round 2 - Aaron Williams
Transcript: Aaron Williams -
Buffalo's second pick talks with the media via conference call.

Bills 2nd Round Profile: (CB) Aaron Williams -
"The NFL Network takes a look at Bills 2nd round pick, Texas cornerback Aaron Williams."

Andre Reed Announces the 2nd Rd Pick -
"Former Bills WR Andre Reed announces Texas CB Aaron Williams as the Bills 34th overall pick, and NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock provides insight."

Buddy Nix on 2nd Rd Pick Aaron Williams -
"The Bills general manager talks about the selection of Texas cornerback Aaron Williams with the 34th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft."

Aaron Williams Conference Call -
"The Bills 2nd round choice talks with the Buffalo media on his excitement about joining the team." Buffalo's second pick talks with the media via conference call.

Transcript: Nix on Aaron Williams -
Buddy Nix goes through the reasonings behind drafting a CB and talks about pulling the trigger.

Inside The Bills | Bills 2nd rd. picks
You can add DB to this list.

Texas' Williams adds bite to secondary - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
Aaron Williams ended Sam Bradford's college career two years ago. Now he's roaming the secondary in Buffalo

Bills stick with defense on 34th pick - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham examines the second round pick.

Longhorns Williams, Brown drafted - Statesman
See how Texas folks are reacting to Williams going to Buffalo.

Round 3 - Kelvin Sheppard
Transcript: Gailey on Kelvin Sheppard -

Chan Gailey discusses his Senior Bowl player turned Bill, Kelvin Sheppard.

Transcript: Kelvin Sheppard -
Sheppard spoke with the Buffalo media last night. Here's what he had to say.

Bills 3rd Rd Profile: (LB) Kelvin Sheppard -
"The NFL Network takes a look at the Bills 3rd round pick, LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard."

Kelvin Sheppard Conference Call -
"The 3rd round pick and former LSU linebacker can't wait to put on a Bills uniform."

Gailey on Kelvin Sheppard -
"The Bills head coach talks about the selection of LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft."

Inside The Bills | Shep already seeking Kyle
"He comes back in the summer and works out with the team," said Sheppard of Williams. "Most of the NFL guys come back and work out at LSU during the summer and Kyle is one of those guys who’s a hard-nosed guy. He stays to himself, but when he’s out there you know he’s out there getting the job done. And he’s definitely a guy that I’m going to try to contact in the near future and get with him and start working out with him."

Inside The Bills | Shep impressed by Bills fans
"LSU is a great name around the league, great people, great fans and that’s why I can’t wait to see the translation to Buffalo because on my twitter page all the fans were blowing me up saying, ‘Take Sheppard!’ ‘Take Sheppard!’"

Inside The Bills | ILB Sheppard in the 3rd!!!!
Chris Brown thinks Kelvin Sheppard was a great pick and opined as much.

Bills add stout linebacker Sheppard in third - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
Rodney McKissic weaves a story from Sheppard's conference call.

Buffalo continues D upgrade in third - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Tim Graham examines the pick of Kelvin Sheppard.

Four Tigers picked in NFL Draft third round | — Baton Rouge, LA
"After Patrick Peterson went with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s first round to the Arizona Cardinals, four more Tigers were selected in Friday’s third round to comprise an unprecedented showing for LSU."

More Draft Talk
Bills Roundup: Defense the Focus on Day Two -

"Addressing the defensive side of the ball continued to be the focus for the Bills during the 2011 NFL Draft, as they added Texas cornerback Aaron Williams and LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard on day two."

Inside The Bills | Day 3 prospects of note
"Here are some Day 3 prospects that could be of interest to the Bills with some names here you might not be familiar with. I don’t want to call them sleepers, but here’s what I’ve got."

Inside The Bills | Nix addresses not taking QB
"Obviously there were some shockers yesterday or last night, but we’re to the point and I think I said this a lot of times, but with the first pick we wanted a franchise guy," said Nix. "If he wasn’t there then we were going to get better on defense and work on needs if the right guy was there."

On Day Two, defensive overhaul continues - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills added more talent to their defense Friday by selecting University of Texas cornerback Aaron Williams and Louisiana State linebacker Kelvin Sheppard."

Buffalo Bills deepen their defense | Democrat and Chronicle
"In the first three rounds, Nix addressed all three levels of one of the NFL's weakest defenses. Friday, he grabbed Texas cornerback Aaron Williams in the second round, and inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard from LSU in the third round, on the heels of picking Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus at No. 3 overall in Thursday's opening round."

No QB For Bills? Fine By Me - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia is OK with the Bills not taking a QB so far.

Bills stick with improving defense in NFL draft - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
"Buddy Nix wasn’t kidding when he identified improving the Buffalo Bills porous defense as being his top priority entering the NFL draft."

NFL Draft: The Bills finally got it right -
"After the worst decade of drafting in franchise history, the Buffalo Bills finally got it right."

Bills ride or die with Ryan Fitzpatrick | ProFootballTalk
"The Bills say they believe Ryan Fitzpatrick is a quality starting quarterback. They’ve showed it during the NFL Draft."

Inside The Bills | Fitz let Bills go defense
"It gave us the freedom," said Gailey. "Fitz’s abilities and his leadership and the way he played last year gave us the freedom to do what we needed to do with our football team."