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Buffalo Bills Links, 4/23: Bills don’t need instant starter at pick 30

Plus, reviewing how Penn State DE Jayson Oweh could fit for the Bills.

In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we hear from Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane on why, contrary to popular opinion, the Bills don’t need to draft an instant starter when they pick at No. 30.

We shine a light on talented Penn State defensive end Jayson Oweh, who has been mocked by many draft experts to the Bills at the end of the first round. We hear how the Bills will wait until after the NFL Draft to address contract extensions with quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, identify an elusive running back for the Bills to target should they trade out of the first round, read the scouting reports that made Buffalo fall in love with Boston College QB Doug Flutie leading up to the 1985 NFL Draft, hear Flutie reminisce about his time in Western New York, catch up with former first-round draft pick QB J.P. Losman, and much more!


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Brandon Beane doesn’t need instant Buffalo Bills starter with first-round pick - Buffalo Rumblings
If the Bills stay at 30, Buffalo Bills GM not locked into finding a starter.

2021 NFL Draft Scouting Spotlight: Penn State DE Jayson Oweh - Buffalo Rumblings
An outstanding athlete without much experience.

The Bruce Exclusive: Where’s the beef? w/ Sterling Furrowh from Cover 1 - Buffalo Rumblings
Steaks and interior offensive line.

Buffalo Bills will wait to exercise Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds fifth-year options - Buffalo Rumblings
General manager Brandon Beane is hoping for long-term extensions with two of his foundational players.

2021 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills GM identifies needs to dethrone Kansas City Chiefs - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills have some work to do if they hope to keep pace with Kansas City.

Additional Bills news from around the web

A RB for the Bills to select following a trade out of the first round

If Bills trade first-round pick, RB Javonte Williams could be target - Democrat & Chronicle
If the Bills can work a trade out of the first round and want to draft a running back, UNC’s Javonte Williams could be the right fit.

How the Bills fell in love with QB Doug Flutie during 1985 NFL Draft

Inside the Bills' pre-draft scouting report on Doug Flutie in year Bruce Smith was No. 1 pick | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“It sounds incredible now, but late in the 1984 season and a few weeks into 1985, there was growing sentiment in the media and among Buffalo fans to draft Flutie,” writes Milton Northrop.

Speaking of Flutie, he discusses his time in Buffalo

Bills legend Doug Flutie talks who made the call to go Rob Johnson vs Titans, NFL draft QBs, Josh Allen, & more - newyorkupstate.com
Flutie can now be heard on his own podcast: Flutie Flakescast available on all podcast platforms and SiriusXM.

Whatever happened to...former starting QB J.P. Losman?

Ex-Bills QB J.P. Losman didn’t let his disappointing NFL career define him. Instead, he found his calling at Clemson – The Athletic
“He made plenty of money during parts of eight NFL seasons and could have quietly faded from view. He did that for a while. Who could have blamed him if the way his playing career went in his five years with the Bills made him resent the game?,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

More fun with mock drafts

Nate Geary: 2021 NFL Mock Draft No. 1 - WGR 550
In his first mock draft for the 2021 NFL Draft, Nate Geary has the Buffalo Bills turning to a skill position on offense with the 30th overall pick in the first round.

How top NFL Draft prospects view Buffalo as a destination

7 top NFL Draft prospects offer these thoughts on the Buffalo Bills - BuffaloBills.com
Following a run to the AFC championship game, the Bills are held in high regard by the NFL's top prospects.

Odds and ends

Bills Today | Josh Allen ranks here on Bleacher Report’s list of top 25 NFL stars under 25 - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, April 23.

NFL draft profile: Easy to imagine Western Michigan WR D’Wayne Eskridge in Bills’ offense | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Eskridge led all Football Bowl Subdivision programs with 213.0 all-purpose yards per game—the only player in the country to top 200.

Bills could draft Notre Dame star Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah as insurance for Matt Milano | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“He is nothing but a consistent, all-around player,” ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said about the linebacker.

Rewatch Mel Kiper’s reaction to Bills drafting Josh Allen - WGR 550
ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. may not nail every evaluation, but he certainly proved to be correct about Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.