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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 4/28

Apr 27, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills first round draft pick cornerback Stephon Gilmore speaks during the press conference as general manager Buddy Nix looks on at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 27, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills first round draft pick cornerback Stephon Gilmore speaks during the press conference as general manager Buddy Nix looks on at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Transcript: Nix & Gailey Recap Rounds Two and Three -
The top dogs go back over the new additions to the pack.

Bills Roundup: Buffalo Adds Glenn, Graham on Day 2 -
Chris Brown recaps Day 2 of the 2012 NFL Draft focusing on the Bills picks.

Stephon Gilmore Press Conference -
The Bills' first-round pick talks with reporters. And smiles.

Day 2 of the NFL Draft
Bills get tackle they coveted in Glenn -

"One, I am happy I get to play left tackle, two Buffalo is one of my favorite teams," said Glenn. "I am just happy that I get to play football and I know where I am playing it now it is just a big relief."

Transcript: Cordy Glenn -
The Buffalo Bills' second round pick spoke with reporters via phone after being selected.

Transcript: Bills Scout Darrell Moody on Cordy Glenn -
The Bills' national scout talks about Cordy Glenn while the draft was still going on.

Bills trade up for speed WR Graham -
"The Buffalo Bills traded up in the third round to the 69th overall pick to grab wide receiver T.J. Graham from North Carolina State. They moved up two spots with the Washington Redskins and gave up one of their two seventh round picks (217th overall) to get their speed receiver. The Bills had three glaring needs heading into the draft and they have now addressed all three with their first three picks."

Transcript: T.J. Graham Conference Call -
The receiver from the ACC talks about being picked by the Bills.

Phil Hansen Announces Bills 2nd Rd Pick
The Wall of Famer announces Cordy Glenn.

Bills 2nd Rd Profile: (OT) Cordy Glenn -
NFL Network goes over Cordy Glenn.

Bills Scout Darrell Moody on Glenn - Video -
What unique skill set does Cordy Glenn provide?

Cordy Glenn Conference Call -
Hear the newest offensive lineman talk to the media.

Nix and Gailey on Draft Day Two - Video -
The dynamic duo recaps their day two.

T.J. Graham Conference Call -
The newest receiver talks with the media.

Draft Party Day Two -
Taking a look at what the fans experienced at the draft party.

Inside The Bills | Bills forced to wait for Glenn
"Shocked he was there," said Nix.

Inside The Bills | Glenn glad process is over
"I am extremely pleased and ready to start just focusing on football again," he said. "Get off of this process that is finally over. I am excited about it."

Glenn brings mass appeal to Bills - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills filled their biggest need Friday night with a massive, 6-foot-5, 345-pound cornerstone for their offensive line."

Video: Sully, Gaughan discuss Bills' Day Two picks - The Buffalo News
"News Staff Reporter Mark Gaughan and Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan break down the Bills' draft so far following Friday night's second and third rounds:"

Fall to second round will fuel Glenn's fire - Jerry Sullivan
Jerry Sullivan likens Thurman Thomas' fall into the second round to Cordy Glenn, hoping it similarly fuels Glenn to greatness.

Glenn hopes pick was worth the wait - The Buffalo News
"Glenn's fall into Buffalo's lap was wrapped in surprise. He was an Associated Press third-team All-American, an all-SEC offensive lineman, and the conference's Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Bulldogs victory over Florida. He started 50 of 53 games, tying Clint Boling's record for career starts by a guard/tackle."

Buffalo Bills draft OL Cordy Glenn, receiver T.J. Graham | Democrat and Chronicle
"I’ll sleep better tonight than I did last night," said Nix, meaning he was happy he was able to address three key needs in the first three rounds when you include No. 1 pick Stephen Gilmore, the cornerback from South Carolina. "We all feel better. You have to wait to see how they pan out, but these guys have a real chance to help us."

WGR 550 - HAMILTON: Glenn Wants To Be Here
At first Glenn liked his new lineman’s foot work, but there is one thing he’d like to see better, "I think he's got good feet. I don't know that he's got great feet but I think he's got good feet. You don't have to have great feet if you've got great length and great size. It's hard to get around big people. I think he's just a huge, athletic player. There are probably people that are bigger than he is and there are probably people that are more athletic than he is, but I think he gives you a good combination of size and athletic ability."

WGR 550 - HAMILTON: Graham Will Stretch The Field
"I'm very excited. It's something I worked for my whole life. I'm just going to enjoy the opportunity I have now with the Buffalo Bills. I spoke with some people and they suggested that this was the earliest I would go. You expect the worst in this situation, so getting the best that they told me is a pretty good thing. I am pretty excited about it. I had a couple of meetings with them and talked with them a couple of times. It was a destination that I saw myself going to. I am really going to enjoy it."

Third-round notes in AFC East - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"The Bills finally drafted a wide receiver by taking T.J. Graham of North Carolina State. Buffalo passed up better prospects in the second round, but you can't fault the Bills for finding a potential starting offensive tackle (Cordy Glenn). Graham was the 20th-ranked prospect at receiver by Scouts Inc. His not a big receiver (5-foot-11) but does possess top-end speed. Buffalo needs a speedster opposite top target Steve Johnson."

Bills, Dolphins grab offensive tackles - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Both teams had major needs at the position. Buffalo is looking for a left tackle to protect quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's blindside, while Miami is looking to fill the right side of its offensive line. Glenn will have a chance to compete for a starting job with left tackle in Buffalo."

After longer-than-expected wait, Glenn selected by Bills in second round | Online Athens
"Glenn returned to Georgia from New York after being one of six players in the green room at Radio City Music Hall not to get drafted in the first round Thursday."

Cordy Glenn's long wait finally ends |
"ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, who has met this offseason with the Georgia staff, said on the air that he was "shocked" Glenn lasted to the second round."

Former Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn to go to Buffalo Bills |
"Former Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn spent Friday morning and afternoon as ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s best available NFL draft prospect remaining after Thursday night’s first round."

Round 1 - Bills Take Stephon Gilmore
Transcript: Stephon Gilmore at One Bills Drive -

Stephon Gilmore's press conference at One Bills Drive.

Gilmore's vision now a reality -
"He said, ‘Mom, mom I was there! I was playing mom! I was in the NFL,’" recalled his mother Linda Gilmore. "I was telling him that he was dreaming and he had to go back to bed. And he said, ‘No mom I was there! I was there!’"

Behind the scenes with the Gilmore family -
Follow along as the Gilmore family tours the Bills facilities.

Bills Focus: Gilmore Sit Down Interview -
"Chris Brown sits down with Bills first round pick Stephon Gilmore to get his impressions of Buffalo and they talk about the importance of his family."

Bills Focus: Wannstedt on Stephon Gilmore -
"Bills defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt talks with Chris Brown about adding Stephon Gilmore in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft."

Inside The Bills | Gilmore meets Merriman
"I met a couple of them like Shawne Merriman," said Gilmore. "I didn’t get to meet a lot of them but I’m going to get to know them. I’ve heard they are a good group of guys and I’m looking forward to it."

Inside The Bills | Gilmore’s tie to former Bills CB
"Yeah I know Jeff Burris," said Gilmore. "His brother actually coached me in high school so I met him a couple of times. He told me to enjoy myself down here (in Buffalo). There are great people around here. He said I will like it here."

Inside The Bills | Chan, Wannstedt meet Gilmore
"Here’s Chan Gailey meeting Stephon upon his arrival at One Bills Drive. They had met before on Gilmore’s pre-draft visit. Behind them is defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt. Gilmore had just finished talking defense with Wannstedt for about 15 minutes."

Inside The Bills | 1st rd. DBs most popular choice
"Counting Gilmore, the Bills have now drafted 12 defensive backs in round one over their 53-year history. Here’s the rundown of the most popular position selections by the Bills in round one."

Inside The Bills | Gilmore jersey number
"Gilmore will wear jersey number 27. They’re on sale now at the Bills shop online. Here’s a preview of his practice jersey."

Gilmore turns his dreams into reality - The Buffalo News
"I always dreamed about it," Gilmore said. "I told my mom when I was 7 years old I was getting drafted somewhere. ... I told my mom that I was going to be a special player and I promised her that. She said she believed in me and told me I could do anything as long as I work hard and the sky is the limit."

Nix wants film, not stats when drafting for Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"So while Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Mike Mayock and all the rest of the professional draftniks nitpick their way through bench press reps, three-cone drill times (my favorite eyeball roller), broad jump distances and 40-yard dash times to drive traffic to their network or website, Nix spends his days watching game tape. After all, the tape doesn’t lie, and that’s why Nix picked South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the first round of the draft Thursday night."

WGR 550 - Who Is Stephon Gilmore?
"Bills 1st round pick Stephon Gilmore stopped in to WGR Sportsradio 550 Friday morning to talk with Howard and Jeremy. You can listen to the interview here, or read's extensive profile."

Bills go with Gilmore - Olean Times Herald: Sports
"We’re just trying to upgrade our defense where we think it needs upgrading the most. Both of us sat down and identified pass rush was our No. 1 need ... the one thing we had to address whether in free agency or the draft. We were fortunate to be able to address it in free agency so it really freed us up in the draft to be able to look at a bunch of different positions and pick the best football player that fit our team quickly."

Sneaky Bills make solid pick with Gilmore - Wellsville Daily Reporter
"The Bills’ biggest need going into the off-season was pass rush. They addressed that in free agency with Mario Williams and Mark Anderson — and smartly so since there aren’t many great sack masters in the draft. That took some of the luster off the excitement for the Bills’ top-10 pick and they had to go in a different direction. So the Bills may have made a boring pick, but it very well could be the correct one."

With 10th pick, Bills select Stephon Gilmore | ProFootballTalk
"Their corners were lit up fairly regularly last season and the team needs to shore up that area after taking care of their pass rush earlier in the offseason. Gilmore started 40 games at South Carolina, regularly guarded the best receivers in the SEC and should have enough skill to start contributing on defense right away for Buffalo. He rose up the board after strong offseason work showed that his film didn’t lie." - Gilmore adds intrigue to Bills' CB group
"Gilmore could easily challenge to start next season. The Bills really like Williams, but clearly, the three veterans (McGee, Florence and McKelvin) all had moments of falling out of favor for a variety of reasons. GM Buddy Nix has discussed corner as a position you address every year and wanted more depth at corner, and that means a lot in the 2012 version of the NFL, especially playing the Patriots’ offense twice a year."

Day 3
Inside The Bills | Bills can go best on board now

"Buffalo can truly go for the best player on the board the rest of the way if they choose. They’ve got six picks remaining with two in the fourth and two in the fifth."