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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 4/19

March 28, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Stephon Gilmore participates in drills during the South Carolina pro day at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE
March 28, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Stephon Gilmore participates in drills during the South Carolina pro day at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

Bills Roundup: Draft Luncheon Recap -
"Members of the Bills front office met with the media on Wednesday to talk about wanting to get a difference maker in the first round of the draft, and about the depth at two other key areas of need." There are more videos from the luncheon available through the link, as well.

Reading Buddy's draft tea leaves - The Buffalo News
"So offensive tackle clearly remains a top option for the Bills in the first round. The smart money says the receiver position is very deep and the Bills may wait to supplement that spot. "The wide receiver position is deep in this draft," Nix said again Wednesday."

WGR 550 - BUSCAGLIA: Attempting To Decipher Buddy's Code
"In my opinion, I believe the pick is between Cordy Glenn, Jonathan Martin, Stephon Gilmore and Dre Kirkpatrick. Judging it not only off the way the Bills spoke on Wednesday, but how they've been speaking since the end of the season it seems those would be the four in consideration. While Floyd and Reiff make a lot of sense, it just doesn't look apparent that they fit the mold of a player the Bills are looking for as a first round pick."

LB Kuechly, QB Osweiler the last pre-draft visitors -
"The Bills wrapped up their pre-draft visits with the top linebacker prospect and their second quarterback in as many days in Boston College’s Luke Kuechly and Arizona State’s Brock Osweiler."

Bills won't be cornered by need at 10 -
"Don’t get pinned down by connecting the dots," Nix warned of the omnipresent mock drafts in cyberspace. "It’s fun and I enjoy reading it, but it’s fantasy football. It has nothing to do with what we might do. If a guy… I don’t care how many draftniks think that’s where we’re going and that’s the best pick for us. If that’s not the guy we have graded there we won’t take him. Don’t get yourself in a spot where it sounds like you know and it doesn’t work out that way."

Inside The Bills | Why a CB or 2 in draft expected
"We can’t get caught… I don’t want to get us in a position that we were in last year and the year before where if we get one hurt that it’s a big problem," he said. "You lose the ability to compete, so we’re going to try to fix that. We do need some depth in some places in the secondary and you’d always like to have a shut down corner that you can get and put over there to start with and not worry about that side. We will try to add some secondary guys."

Inside The Bills | Researching offensive tackle
"We did all these studies on left tackles and where they’re drafted and there’s a high percentage of them drafted in the top 10, left tackles," said GM Buddy Nix. "Other guys you find. Again don’t read into that, but most of the starters in this league that are Pro Bowlers were taken in the first eight or nine picks."

Inside The Bills | Nix: Kuechly an across the board LB
"He could play all three (LB spots) for us," said Nix.

Inside The Bills | Nix on tackle situation
"Chris Hairston might not be the prettiest foot athlete but he can protect the back side. We’ve got Pears and Sam Young is coming off of knee surgery. So we’ve only got three. We’d like to have two more."

Nix on draft mistakes - The Buffalo News
"I think we’ve made this mistake before – and I’m talking about me – is not being prepared if the guy you want at that spot all of a sudden is gone and you’ve got five minutes to make the next pick. You better have a plan of where you’re going if he’s not there."

There's enough depth to fill the need for corners - The Buffalo News
"This is the fifth in a seven-part series previewing the NFL draft. Today's installment: defensive backs."

Bills take own list into draft - The Buffalo News
"I don't care how many draftniks think that's where we're going and that's the best pick for us," Nix told reporters at the Bills' annual predraft luncheon. "If that's not the guy we've got rated there, we won't take him."

WGR 550 - Bills Nix Knows This Draft Is Important
"Bills GM Buddy Nix spoke about the upcoming NFL Draft in length Wednesday at the stadium, but one thing he knows about his third draft, it’s very important because the Bills must improve this year. Nix said, 'My goal is to win 16 games. I don’t know if you can put a number on it, but I certainly expect us to be competitive throughout the year. It’s no secret, it’s time for us to take a step and be relative. For us to start off like we did last year was a little bit smoke and mirrors and then we lose seven in a row and you can’t do that.'"

Bills GM Buddy Nix: 'We need tackles' - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"I think the Bills ideally would like a left tackle at No. 10. But it's just a matter of whether the Bills are completely sold on former Iowa tackle Riley Reiff. If not, there will be plenty of good prospects who can help Buffalo. "

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Buffalo Bills Select... - Arrowhead Pride
I don't even know if I should link this, but after taking Jonathan Martin in the first round, "Arrowdread" picks Oregon RB LaMichael James in the second round. Gross.

Buffalo Bills want 'difference-maker' with 10th overall pick | Democrat and Chronicle
"You'd think at 10 you'd get a starter," Nix said this afternoon during a discussion with reporters regarding the draft at One Bills Drive. "We want to get a difference-maker, an impact guy, a playmaker."

Teams atop AFC East have pass-rush need - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
"The Bills had five different offensive line combinations play at least 100 snaps last season, tied for most among any NFL team. Their most-used group played 184 plays together, the fewest of any team’s most-used unit. They also lost tackle Demetress Bell via free agency to the Philadelphia Eagles."

Haney's Handle: Disagreeing with opening NFL lines - 04-18-2012
"Buffalo Bills at New York Jets (-5): The opening line offshore was 6 before being bet down Tuesday evening. My line, the Jets -7, disagreed with the move. I'm not saying the Jets won't have another meltdown or that their locker room won't dissolve into chaos at some point. But I do expect them to be in good form for the home opener. I'm also taking a wait-and-see approach regarding the Bills' revamped defense, which might require some time to hit its stride."

2012 NFL Schedules Released; Seattle Seahawks Forced To Play 16 Games - Field Gulls
"*Side note: If I was a Bills fan, I'd be pissed all the way off if I had to forfeit a home game just so the NFL could expand their international appeal. I mean, I totally get why Goodell does it; increasing brand awareness is smart business, but from a fan's perspective, it blows."

Rockpile sections at The Ralph sold out - The Buffalo News
"On behalf of our owner, Mr. Ralph Wilson and the Bills organization, we are pleased to announce that season tickets for the 2012 Coors Light Rockpile section are officially sold out," said Chief Executive Officer Russ Brandon. "The Coors Light Rockpile has been one of our most popular seating options because of its reduced price and great location. Thank you to our loyal fans for continued support of the franchise. We look forward to additional ticket sale progress this offseason."

Draftwatch for the Bills: Luke Kuechly | Buffalo Wins
Take a closer look at the Boston College linebacker.

2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd - BuffaLowDown
"Overview: This talented wideout has all the physical tools. But can you trust him?"

2012 NFL Draft: What Michael Floyd Can Do for Bills, Stevie Johnson - Buffalowdown
Can Stevie Johnson be a number one receiver? Chris Trapasso doesn't think so.

Buffalo Bills 2012 Schedule: One Sentence About All 16 Games - Buffalowdown
"Now that the Buffalo Bills 2012 schedule has been released, it’s time for a rapid-fire evaluation of the 16-game slate."