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

Dots connect Bills to linebacker from BC - Jerry Sullivan
"Buddy says not to connect the dots. I'll do it, anyway. The dots lead from the '09 draft to Kuechly, a linebacker who can cover the middle of the field for the next 10 years. If I'm wrong, well, at least it was fun."

Wanted: A perfect 10 - The Buffalo News
"Having addressed the pass rush via free agency, the Bills shift their focus on finding the right talents to plug the other holes on their roster -- starting with finding a potential impact player at No. 10"

Inside The Bills | Nix: We’ll look at everything at 10
"We’ll look. We always do," Nix said. "We look at every position. We’re certainly happy with Ryan. There’s no question about that, but we wouldn’t pass up a quarterback or any other position at 10."

Chris Brown's 2012 Mock Draft -
The Bills writer said he spoke with other personnel guys at the combine who called Mark Barron the best safety prospect since Sean Taylor. He uses the team's top pick to take Barron.

Scouts on Defensive Backs -
"Bills National Scout Darrell Moody talks about Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatirck, Brandon Boykin, and Josh Robinson."

Report: Bills have eyes for Kalil - The Buffalo News
"If the Bills can't or won't move up for Kalil, their best option at left tackle likely will be Georgia's Cordy Glenn, a 346-pounder who switched from guard to left tackle for his senior year and improved as the season went on. The problem in that scenario, however, is that the Bills probably would not be sticking to their draft board by taking Glenn 10th. It's likely they would have higher rated players available above him, such as Gilmore, Floyd, Alabama safety Mark Barron or Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly."

Nix could opt for down time - The Buffalo News
"The Bills' recent draft history is sparse when it comes to trading down. The last time they did it in the first round was in 2001. In that year Buffalo traded the No. 14 selection to Tampa Bay, for first-round (No. 21) and second-round (No. 51) picks. The Bills took cornerback Nate Clements in the first and traded down again in the second round, sending No. 51 to Denver for the No. 58 pick, which they used on running back Travis Henry. Tampa, meanwhile, drafted offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker. Advantage: Bills."

Notable draft day trades by Bills since 2001 - The Buffalo News
Taking a look back at the times Buffalo has moved up or down in the last 11 drafts.

Wild cards may shuffle deck - The Buffalo News
"There are at least two major wild cards in front of the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft. Jacksonville at No. 7 and Miami at No. 8 are two spots where the course of the first round could take major shifts."

Inside The Bills | Bills scout on Barron
"I think he’s a complete football player," Moody said. "He has an excellent body of work. He’s been a productive player in a very good league. He’s been a leader on a very good football team. He’s physical against the run. He can play the run from the strong safety position and he can also move to the LB position in the dime packages. He also has good cover skills against tight ends and running backs and I think he’s adequate even against wide receivers.

Inside The Bills | Quick pass game reduce OT need?
"You always want to improve," he said. "If you get better linemen you can hold the ball a little bit longer. Your run game gets better. If anything we could use some depth there. We don’t know if we’ve got a guy that can play for 10 years or not. We might already. The question is are you trying to upgrade your football team at critical positions? Tackle is a critical position in the game of football today."

Inside The Bills | OT more important than WR
"I think the left tackle is vital," said Nix. "I don’t care how good your receivers are if you’re on your back you can’t throw it to him. You’ve got to protect your quarterback first I think."

WGR 550 - SIMON: Playing Bills General Manager
" When Jamestown native Roger Goodell steps to the podium to announce the Bills selection, I'd like to hear him say the name Michael Floyd. A big, strong, fast receiver who can start right away and would look very nice lined up opposite of Stevie Johnson. Floyd had a productive career at Notre Dame and finished with back to back thousand yard seasons. He recorded 37 touchdowns over four seasons."

WGR 550 - Bills' Scout Session #3
" The Bills brought out scouts Darrell Moody (South Carolina to Mississippi to Florida) and Theo Young (Texas to the Dakotas) to answer questions from the media, and one of the biggest schools asked about just so happened to be college football's most recent champions."

Bills Should Take Kuechly | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"What I have concluded is this: The Bills should pick Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly with the 10th overall pick in the first round. To me, Kuechly makes a lot of sense for a a variety of reasons. He’s an every-down linebacker, not someone who has to come off the field on passing downs, and he’s a tackling machine. In other words, he’s Paul Posluszny with coverage skills."

Analyzing Kiper and McShay's final drafts - AFC East Blog - ESPN
With Luke Kuechly off the board, both ESPN draft guys have the Bills taking Michael Floyd.

More thoughts on Bills, Mark Barron - AFC East Blog - ESPN
James Walker is particularly down on Mark Barron to the Bills.

Draftwatch for the Bills: Michael Floyd | Buffalo Wins
"There is no question that Floyd would be of major interest to Buffalo when they pick in the tenth slot in a couple of nights, and depending on how the chips fall before him I’d be willing to wager that he has a very high chance at being their choice."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Bills set to take BC linebacker with first pick?
John Kryk connects the dots and lands on Luke Kuechly.

Phil Hansen to announce Bills' second-round draft pick | INFORUM | Fargo, ND
"He was inducted into the team’s "Wall of Fame" last fall in a halftime celebration at a Bills game in Orchard Park, N.Y. On Friday, he’ll get to be part of the team’s NFL draft by announcing the second-round pick at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It’s an honor the NFL started for every team by allowing them to invite a former player to be part of the draft process."

Poliquin: Forty years ago CBA's Walt Patulski was Andrew Luck |
But on Feb. 1, 1972, the Buffalo Bills were only too happy to pass on all of them and select "Walt Patulski -- the first-team All-American who stood 6-foot-6, weighed 250 pounds and could run a 4.9 40-yard sprint -- with the top pick. And Walt, who would celebrate his 22nd birthday two days later, properly beamed."

Tonawanda’s Fuller to reveal Bills’ pick - Tonawanda News
"For me it's just freaking huge," said Fuller, a United States Army veteran who won the Bills and Delta Sonic "Announce the 4th Round Draft Pick" contest. "I've been a fan for over 30 years. I served in the army and wore (the Bills colors) proud over there and got picked on for that. I stood strong. Being able to announce the pick is a once in a lifetime thing."

All Sports Video - All Sports - FOX Sports on MSN
"'s Adam Schein thinks Bills' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will have a breakout season. "

Miller leaves Bona to join Bills - The Buffalo News
"Effective today, Miller joins the Buffalo Bills as Manager of Digital Media."

WGR 550 - Bills Mario Williams Feeling Part Of The Team
The players mentioned Monday that all but one or two players are here working out even though they don’t have to. Williams said, "That’s how it should be. We should all be out here getting better, putting in the work, just taking it step by step. It’s still early, we just started so we’ve got time and everybody should put a foot forward."

Bills Focus: 2012 Buffalo Jills Tryouts -
"Buffalo Jills captain Christina is back to give you an inside look at the 2012 Jills auditions."