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What will the Bills do Thursday night with the 12th overall pick? Bills beat writers Jay Skurski and Vic Carucci read the Draft Meter on the likelihood of these players landing in Buffalo. The meter reading goes from 1 (least likely) to 10 (most likely). Sam Darnold, QB, Southern California Jay: He’s a personality match to Bills coach Sean McDermott, but more than th…

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Here is a list of the top players available in the 2018 NFL Draft by position on offense. Asterisk denotes underclassman. QUARTERBACKS Grade: A This has been widely touted as the best group at the position since the legendary Class of 1983, which produced Hall of Famers John Elway, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly. A record six QBs were selected in the first round that y…

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Yes, the Buffalo Bills are aware that everyone wants a quarterback, that everyone figures they have draft picks to use as chips to move up in Round 1. With nine selections – including two first-round picks, two second-round and the first the third round – the Bills are among the top 5 in terms of draft capital. But coming off a 9-7 season and dealing with losses in f…

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The weekend trade that moved the New York Jets into the No. 3 slot will have reverberations through the draft order and could impact the Bills' ability to get their quarterback of choice. Here are the selections for the Bills in five mock drafts updated since the trade: Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY Sports At 12: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma: GM Brandon Bea…

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As the legal tampering period begins, representatives for the Bills' 18 unrestricted free agents can begin talking to other teams. No contracts can be signed with other teams until the start of the league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The players can re-sign with the Bills at any point. Of the players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, I’m saying goodbye to 12 of…

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Amid a flurry of deals Friday and Saturday, the Cleveland Browns acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Bills for a third-round pick. The Browns have the first and fourth overall pick in the draft and Cleveland.com columnist Bud Shaw writes they should still select a quarterback. Taylor is the anti-DeShone Kizer for his ability to limit turnovers. He doesn't take ma…

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With free agency starting next week, the Bills' decision to trade Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns for a third-round pick means more salary cap room. Taylor cannot be officially traded until the start of the league year on Wednesday at 4 p.m., but teams can begin talking to the agents for prospective free agents when the legal tampering period begins Monday. The …

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With the Scouting Combine finished, it's time for a slew of updated mock drafts. Here are a number of mock drafts released this week and their projections for Bills' picks at No. 21 and 22 in the first round: Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus  No. 21: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State  Buffalo is searching for their quarterback of the future and with two firs…

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The NFL's salary cap will climb from $167 million last season to $177.2 million for the 2018 campaign, according to multiple reports Monday. Most estimates had the number moving to at least $178 million and possibly $179 million. Pro Football Talk reported additional money was diverted to the Player Performance Pool to reward players who are lower paid but play a high n…

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The Bills' six-member rookie class has been lauded for the contributions the group made to the Bills' season, but the numbers show just how involved they were. The Bills were fifth in the NFL in snaps taken by rookies with 3,448, according to Pro Football Focus. Three of the top five were playoff teams – the Bills, Jaguars and Saints. The other two were among the league…

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This is the first in series that looks at potential free agents at positions where the Bills have their greatest needs. Free agency is usually not the place to find a starting quarterback. There could be an exception – or make that exceptions – in 2018, though. An intriguing crop of candidates is scheduled to become free agents when the NFL’s new league year starts i…

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More than 300 NFL prospects will be at the Scouting Combine next week in Indianapolis. The 40-yard dash has become an annual highlight with fans obsessing over hundredths of a second and players investing significant money in working with trainers and speed coaches to improve by those hundredths. But why do players run 40 yards and not 50 yards or 100 yards? Gil Bran…