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Bills Roundup: Defensive Picks Dominated '11 Draft -
"The Bills finished the 2011 Draft by using seven of their nine picks on defense, filling several holes and adding depth, in hopes of improving the run defense."

Draft Recap Press Conference -
"GM Buddy Nix and Head Coach Chan Gailey share their thoughts on Buffalo's 2011 NFL Draft."

Behind the scenes with Dareus - Video
Marcell Dareus' journey from the third pick to Buffalo including meeting Mr. Wilson and seeing the stadium. He also quotes the Buffalo Rumblings poll results which is A-maz-ing.

Fourth Round: Da'Norris Searcy
Da'Norris Searcy Conference Call -

"The Bills 4th round pick talks about being selected by Buffalo, and his ability to play safety."

Transcript: Darrell Moody on Da'Norris Searcy -
"Da’Norris Searcy is a strong safety. he could play free safety if he had to and he’s played nickel for them. He’s also returned for them as an emergency returner. He gives you a lot of versatility and he gives you some size. He’s a good athlete that can also be a good (special) teams player for you."

Transcript: Da'Norris Searcy -
The conference call from the Bills first fourth round pick.

Moody on Da'Norris Searcy - Video
"Bills National Scout Darrell Moody talks about the attributes of Buffalo's first 4th round pick North Carolina DB Da'Norris Searcy."

Academic mixup a headache for Tar Heel - News - The Buffalo News
"Searcy said he did nothing wrong and after investigating the matter, Bills scout Darrell Moody agrees. The problem was Searcy's professor was studying aboard in Africa when questions were raised about a Carolina tutor who, according to Searcy, was accused of doing some of the player's work. He was accused of receiving help on an outline in preparation for a final exam."

Bills select UNC's Searcy in fourth round - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"Searcy can play either safety spot, but is best playing close to the line of scrimmage, where his exceptional size and physicality are assets against the run."

Bills join in Tar Heel draft derby - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Buffalo Bills snagged Tar Heels with consecutive picks, taking strong safety Da'Norris Searcy in the fourth round and running back Johnny White in the fifth."

Fourth Round: Chris Hairston
Chris Hairston Conference Call - Audio

"The Bills 2nd 4th round pick talks about being reunited with C.J. Spiller, and being a three year starter at Clemson."

Transcript: Tom Roth on Chris Hairston -
"As you just saw on the highlights, he is extremely big, long, good player, good athlete, productive in both phases for them (Clemson). He’s more of an in-line guy than a space player. He can do it, but more of an in-line guy. Just a good player."

Transcript: Chris Hairston -
The fourth round pick's complete press conference call.

Bills target O-line with fifth pick - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"The Bills targeted their offensive line with the second fourth-rounder, grabbing tackle Chris Hairston from Clemson. A three-year starter, Hairston spent most of his college career at left tackle. But the Bills see him as a better fit on the right side, where they had four different starters last season. Hairston will join the competition at right tackle that includes Erik Pears and Mansfield Wrotto."

Hairston, Taylor to get their chances in NFL |
"It's going to bring back good old times just having a guy with that much talent in the backfield," Hairston said. "I've seen what he was able to do on the field and witness him make game-breaking plays. It's just going to be good to get back with him and play ball with some people I have played ball with in the past."

Fifth Round: Johnny White
Transcript: Tom Roth on Johnny White -

The Bills scout talks about drafting the UNC RB.

Roth on Johnny White - Video
"Bills Scout Tom Roth talks about the attributes of North Carolina RB Johnny White who Buffalo selected in the 5th round."

Johnny White Conference Call - Audio
The former UNC RB talks about his versatility.

Transcript: Johnny White -
The fifth rounder's complete conference call with assembled media.

Inside The Bills | Bills nab sleeper at RB
"To me White is a guy that could earn time as a third down back early in his career and obviously can be a help on special teams. Nice pick at this point in the draft."

Inside The Bills | McShay: White most underrated
"One of the most underrated players regardless of position in this year’s draft is Johnny White from North Carolina," said McShay. "He played different positions early in his career and was a defensive back and moved him to a wide receiver role and they tinkered with him. He’s a little over 5’10" and a little over 200 pounds. Your average NFL size for a back."

Bills add depth at RB - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"Running back wasn’t a need with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on the roster, but Johnny White of North Carolina was rated too high on their draft board to pass up in Round Five. White is a complementary back with outstanding speed with natural hands as a receiver. He also can contribute on special teams."

Asheville's White taken by Buffalo in NFL draft | The Asheville Citizen-Times
"Versatility should be Johnny White's middle name. White, the leading rusher for North Carolina last season despite playing in eight games, was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fifth round Saturday, the third and final day of the league's annual draft." - School record nine Tar Heels drafted
Two of those nine went to the Buffalo Bills.

Sixth Round: Chris White
Transcript: Chris White -

Chris White talks about the Senior Bowl and working with the Bills staff.

Chris White Conference Call -
"The Bills 6th round pick talks about his impressions of the Bills staff from the Senior Bowl, and where he thinks he is best suited to play."

Heinlen on Chris White -
"Bills scout Shawn Heinlen talks about the selection of linebacker Chris White in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft."

Transcript: Shawn Heinlen on Chris White -
The Bills scout talks about the MSU LB.

Inside The Bills | [Chris] White was taking a swim
"I’ve really been watching the draft, but actually I just jumped in the swimming pool and about 30 seconds later my phone rang and my grandma handed me the phone and it was a number I didn’t know and I was like, ‘Thank God.’"

Bills add linebacker in sixth - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"The one thing that sticks out to me with Chris is you can actually see him going to the ball as it is snapped,’’ said Bills regional scout Shawn Heinlen. "His ability to diagnose plays and fill run lanes is something that he did better than anyone I saw this year on tape.’’

Buffalo Bills pick Vancleave's Chris White in NFL draft |
A great profile of the Bills sixth-round pick.

3 more Bulldogs get calls on final day | The Clarion-Ledger |
"Bills scout Shawn Heinlen told The Buffalo News that White was especially valuable because of his speed for a 240-pounder and that he played both inside and outside linebacker at Mississippi State."

Seventh Round: Justin Rogers
Transcript: Justin Rogers -

The Bills seventh round pick's conference call.

Justin Rogers Conference Call -
The seventh round pick talks about joining the Bills.

Bills take Richmond DB in seventh - 2011 NFL Draft - The Buffalo News
"At worst, Rogers could become a good nickel back. He also adds depth to an already deep group of kick returners."

Tech's Taylor tops state harvest on Day Three of draft | Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Taylor was one of three players from state colleges to get picked on the draft's third and final day. Tech cornerback Rashad Carmichael went to the Houston Texans in the fourth round, 127th overall. Richmond corner Justin Rogers went to the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round, 206th overall."

Seventh Round: Michael Jasper
Transcript: Michael Jasper -

The last pick talks about being drafted.

Michael Jasper Conference Call - Audio
"The Bills newest defensive tackle talks to the media about his background, and being draft by Buffalo in the 7th round of the 2011 NFL draft."

Inside The Bills | Final pick is a DT
"Jasper said the heaviest he ever weighed was 448 pounds."

Bills take a big lineman from small college - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
"The 6-foot-5 Jasper played at a whopping 430 pounds last season and was up to 448 in January before melting off 70 pounds while preparing for the draft. He played guard at Bethel, but projects as a nose tackle in the NFL. Despite his girth, Jasper has some athletic tools to work with."

Bills draft pick weighed 448 in January - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"This is an amazing kid," Nix said. "He vertical jumps 32 inches, and he longed jumped like 9-5 and dunks a basketball with both hands. ... He's an exceptional athlete. We're going to see if he can play. Coach [Chan Gailey] can tell you what we're going to do with him. Besides feed him, I guess."

Jasper becomes Bethel's 1st Draft pick | The Jackson Sun |
"Bethel lineman Michael Jasper became the school's first-ever NFL Draft pick Saturday when the Buffalo Bills selected him the seventh round."

More Draft News
Bills add offensive talent in rounds 4 & 5 -

A recap of the fourth and fifth rounds by Chris Brown.

Draft Party Day 2 -
Marcell Dareus meets the Bills fans at the draft party and more pictures from the event.

Transcript: Buddy Nix & Chan Gailey -
The full transcript from Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey's press conference.

Defense the winner in Bills' 2011 draft class -
Chris Brown's complete rundown of the Bills draft including a short look at the last two rounds.

Inside The Bills | Why no tight end picked
"We talked several times about a tight end and it didn’t work out that when our pick came that the guys were sitting there that we had ended up talking about," said Gailey. "We weren’t going to try to force a round peg in square hole. We took the best player up there that fit some kind of need for us."

Inside The Bills | Nix on QB situation
"We said all along that we wanted to try to get a franchise guy that would be around 8 or 10 years and we just very quickly we didn’t feel very good about that," said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "We thought we could help our team in a lot of other ways and so we didn’t do it. It was pretty quick."

Bills in a Southern comfort zone - News - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills love football players from the South. That was made abundantly obvious based on this year's draft class as all nine picks hail from the Southern part of the country."

Buffalo Bills load up on defense during draft | Democrat and Chronicle
"Entering the three-day NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills were determined to address their embarrassingly weak defense. But by using four of the top 100 picks on defensive players and seven of their nine picks overall, did they go overboard? General manager Buddy Nix and coach Chan Gailey don't think so."

Buffalo's QB option didn't materialize - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"We didn't think Marcell would be there," Nix said Friday night, minutes after taking Texas cornerback Aaron Williams. "Now, the whole thing, leading up to it until the last day or two, we thought he'd be gone. But when [Auburn quarterback Cam] Newton was gone and [Dareus] was there, it was an easy pick."

AFC East draft analysis - AFC East Blog - ESPN
The Bills had the best AFC East move of the draft says Tim Graham, taking Marcell Dareus third overall and not getting "too cute".

Defense Dominates Bills' Day 3 - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia goes pick by pick to give his thoughts on the Bills draft.

A handy post-draft rundown of teams needing quarterbacks | ProFootballTalk
"Buffalo: It looks like they’ll ride or die with Ryan Fitzpatrick. But coach Chan Gailey says they’ll look to add another QB to the roster."

Apparently the only thing Donte Whitner likes bridges for is burning them " Hometown 1230 WECK
After not having Tweeted since Day Three of the draft began, Whitner initiated a bit of a row with his football team by typing, "Congrats Buffalo. On ur. Draft picks….lol."