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Buffalo Bills news, 4/11: 2014 NFL Draft previews

The Buffalo Bills could go a number of different directions in the 2014 draft. Do they regret their 2013 first round pick?

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

Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly has close bond with Western New York community - ESPN

This is a huge write-up from Mike Rodak featuring Jim and Jill Kelly and their stature in the Buffalo community. It features quotes from a number of people from the area and national figures, as well.

2014 NFL Draft

WR Beckham joined by RB Cobb, CB Gaines at One Bills Drive -
"The Bills played host to LSU WR Odell Beckham, Cumberlands RB Terrance Cobb and Rice CB Phillip Gaines." Read bios on all three here.

Inside The Bills | McShay goes TE, OT in 2 rd. mock for Bills
"McShay went tight end and offensive tackle with the first two picks. Here’s his synopsis for the Bills."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - WR Beckham Headlines Three Pre-draft Bills Visitors
More bios.

Buffalo Bills draft preview: Running back - ESPN
"The Bills may not have an immediate need at running back, but there is change on the horizon."

On the Beat: Buffalo Bills No. 9 - NFL Videos
"01:52 – Will the Buffalo Bills look to bolster their offense in the 2014 NFL Draft? WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia joins "NFL AM" to project the Bills No. 9 overall pick."

Inside the Bills draft room - NFL Videos
"03:46 – Daniel Jeremiah, Charley Casserly and Curtis Conway give you inside look at the direction the Buffalo Bills might be going with their first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft."

Casserly: Seven QBs in 2014 NFL Draft rate ahead of EJ Manuel -
"I've got a lot of guys rated ahead of (Manuel) based on their college career and based on Manuel's college career," Casserly said. "[Teddy] Bridgewater, [Blake] Bortles, [Johnny] Manziel, [Derek] Carr, [Jimmy] Garoppolo and [AJ] McCarron -- I've got them all rated ahead of EJ Manuel coming out a year ago. And you know what, LSU quarterback [Zach] Mettenberger, I've got him ahead of Manuel, too."

Ownership transition

Bon Jovi part of Toronto group expected to bid on Bills | Football | Sports | Toronto Sun
"Jon Bon Jovi indeed wants to become an NFL owner and is part a Toronto group expected to bid for the Buffalo Bills, QMI Agency has learned."

Dan Pompei's Read Option: Drafting a Quarterback This Year Is 'A Crapshoot' | Bleacher Report
"If one of the ownership groups can get a stadium built in Buffalo, they may have the edge. It is possible the Bon Jovi group may want to relocate to Toronto, or even Los Angeles. Lieweke previously was involved with the L.A. Kings and tried to bring an NFL team there before."

Cam Neely says Jeremy Jacobs isn’t interested in buying Bills - Sports - The Boston Globe
"Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is not interested in buying the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Bruins team president Cam Neely said Thursday in an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub."

APNewsBreak: Niagara Falls possible home for Bills | Pro32: Head to Head
"Several officials told The Associated Press that a newly formed Bills stadium task force of public and private leaders seeking to bolster the team's long-term viability is considering sites that would put it closer to the team's burgeoning Ontario fan base."

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DE Kourtnei Brown released -
That is pretty much the entire statement.

Bills strongly consider keeping two kickers - BN Blitz
"If Dustin can put the ball back there consistently, and if we can take that return play away," Marrone said, "and Dan's not at that higher percentage, then I have no problem with" keeping two kickers.

Man whose fall onto Bills fan at the Ralph was widely publicized is granted a jury trial - City & Region - The Buffalo News
"Robert Hopkins, the Buffalo Bills fan who last fall tried to slide down a railing at Ralph Wilson Stadium, only to fall on and severely injure another fan, has been granted a jury trial before Orchard Park Town Justice Edward A. Pace. Jury selection is scheduled to begin June 11."