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Tim Graham's Power Take: Who's Doug Whaley? Never heard of the guy ...

Tim Graham

One way to catalyze a culture transformation within a sports franchise is to pretend the previous regime didn't exist.

The Buffalo Bills continue to airbrush previous General Manager Doug Whaley out of the picture like the Russians did Nikolai Yezhov in the 1930s.

That really important secret-police commissioner photographed next to Joseph Stalin? He's not there anymore. So, obviously, Stalin didn't know him or what he did.

The Bills on Monday traded another of the prospects Whaley gushed over. They sent linebacker Reggie Ragland, last year's second-round pick, to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2019 fourth-round draft choice.

Whaley traded two fourth-round picks to move up eight spots and snag Ragland. Whaley later that day said his scouting department had a first-round grade on Ragland and would've taken him then if pass-rusher Shaq Lawson hadn't fallen to them.

New Bills GM Brandon Beane previously unloaded receiver Sammy Watkins, cornerback Ronald Darby and quarterback Cardale Jones, all Whaley picks.

If we start with the 2013 draft, when the Bills were transitioning away from GM Buddy Nix and to Whaley, then only nine of 28 draftees prior to this year's class remain on Buffalo's roster.

But keep that airbrush compressor plugged in. Final preseason cuts are coming Saturday, and Whaley should continue to fade out of view.

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