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Buffalo Bills news, 4/26: pre-draft quotes from Doug Whaley

The Buffalo Bills hosted their annual pre-draft luncheon today and general manager Doug Whaley shared his thoughts on the 2014 NFL draft.

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Full transcript: Bills pre-draft press conference -

"Pre-draft remarks from President and CEO Russ Brandon, GM Doug Whaley, Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos, Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher, and Coordinator of College Scouting Doug Majeski."

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10 takeaways from the pre-draft press conference -
"Here are the top 10 comments that shed some light on the thought process of the team’s brass heading into the 2014 NFL draft."

Bills Roundup: Pre-Draft Luncheon Recap - VIDEO -
"Chris Brown and John Murphy recap the highlights from the Bills 2014 NFL Pre-Draft Luncheon at One Bills Drive."

Kelvin Fisher: "We could draft right now" - AUDIO -
"Bills Director of College Scouting Kelvin Fisher joined The John Murphy Show to discuss the team's outlook on the upcoming draft."

Inside The Bills | Bills final draft board process starts Monday
"We have some medical meetings with our medical staff and then our scouts come in this weekend and we’ll be hunkering down on Monday at 9am and get started then," said Whaley. "We do have a preliminary board set that we put together right before the combine and these meetings we’ll get input from the coaches and tinker with the board a little bit."

GM Doug Whaley stresses Bills' lack of glaring needs entering the NFL draft - BN Blitz - The Buffalo News
"We can go any position," Whaley said. "We can take offensive line, we can take a running back, we can take receiver. You can always use another DB, safety, linebacker. So that makes our job a lot easier, because we can stack the board without having a pressing need. When you have a pressing need, guys tend to get pushed up the board. When you push guys up the board, that's when you have a greater chance of making mistakes."

Bills have many options with top pick - Sports - The Buffalo News
Jay Skurski's massive write-up on the pre-draft luncheon.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Deciphering Doug's Code: The 2014 Bills Draft Luncheon
"I would say it's finally one time where we can use [the media] to our advantage," Whaley said. "There's things you put out there to see if someone bites and some things that you put out there, and it's true. So you've gotta have people read between the lines." Joe Buscaglia is going to do just that with this article.

Doug Whaley gives insight on upcoming draft - ESPN
"With two weeks to go until the draft, Whaley has little reason to reveal information about the team's plans. Given that disclaimer, here are a few highlights from the 50-minute session Whaley held with reporters:"

Doug Whaley: Moving draft to May doesn't help - ESPN
"I'd say, for us, it doesn't help us," Whaley said at the Bills' pre-draft luncheon Friday. "I'm a firm believer in the saying, 'study long, study wrong.' I like to go with my gut, my gut feeling."

Draft needs: Buffalo Bills | ProFootballTalk
"With the NFL Draft approaching, we’re taking a team-by-team look at the needs of each club. Next up is the Buffalo Bills, whose record secured them a pick in the Top 10 for the fifth straight season. They have seven picks to use in an attempt to avoid the same fate next year."

Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio visits Bills -
"Buffalo likely wants to check in with Kouandjio one last time to see where he’s at physically, especially on the heels of his April 8th pro day."

Mock Draft Watch 10.0 -
Eric Ebron gets the most picks, but offensive tackles aren't far behind.

2014 NFL mock draft: Bills select Kyle Fuller - Pride Of Detroit
"The Buffalo Bills take Kyle Fuller with the 41st pick of the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft."

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WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills Pick Up Fifth-year Option On Dareus
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"We’ll focus on the draft right now," he said. "Then we’ll focus on issues like Marcell (Dareus) and C.J. (Spiller) and establish a pecking order."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills' Whaley Can't Wait For This Draft.
One of the moves was to trade for Mike Williams. That gives Manuel a weapon and Whaley said, "The decision was simple, Tampa Bay called and asked if we would have interest and we felt for a 6th round pick and hopefully now a 6th round pick is going to have a hard time making our team. Most likely he’ll be a practice squad guy at best, so we thought it was a no brainer to make the deal. It does not preclude us from taking a wide receiver."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 4-25
Chris Brown answers questions on the changing defense, the absence of long throws in the passing game, morals clauses, valuing the guard spot, what the plan is at safety, and taking a playmaker at No. 9.