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Buffalo Bills Links, 4/16: Edge rushers to draft at No. 30

Plus, should the Bills pick up the fifth-year option on linebacker Tremaine Edmunds?

Pass rusher is one of the positions the Buffalo Bills have been linked to with the 30th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, and in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we review three talented edge rushers who could still be on the board when Buffalo picks: Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari, Miami’s Jaelan Phillips, and Greg Rousseau.

We also debate whether the Bills should pick up the fifth-year option on linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, hear who NFL Draft expert Dane Brugler thinks the Bills should take with their first two draft picks, and break down the news that tackle Trey Adams has decided to retire after one year in the NFL, learn why New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying not so fast to Erie County’s plan for mandatory vaccinations at home Bills and Buffalo Sabres games, and more.


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Assessing edge rushers who could be available at No. 30

Mel Kiper thinks Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari is stout enough for Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Ojulari had an excellent season for Georgia in 2020, playing 10 games and making 8.5 sacks, which ranked eighth in the nation,” writes Mark Gaughan.

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What to do about LB Tremaine Edmunds’s fifth-year option?

Capaccio: Should Bills exercise Edmunds’ fifth-year option? - WGR 550
“The Bills, and all other NFL teams, have until May 3 to decide whether or not to exercise the fifth-year option on their 2018 first round draft choices,” writes Sal Capaccio.

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“Penn State star Micah Parsons is the consensus top linebacker in the 2021 NFL draft, an every-down, fast and powerful tackler capable of fitting into any defensive scheme,” writes Jason Wolf.

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Tackle Trey Adams announces his retirement

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“The offensive tackle who spent the 2020 season on the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent from the University of Washington announced his retirement Thursday,” writes Vic Carucci.

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Gov. Cuomo to Erie County: Not so fast on mandatory vaccines

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The Erie County executive said anyone wishing to attend a Bills or Sabres game would need to be fully vaccinated—but the governor begged to differ.

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