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The NFL draft, like opening day and the Super Bowl, should be a national holiday. Perhaps three days are too much for the NFL, but we can punt Presidents, Labor and Columbus Day, and I love me some veterans but combine Veterans with Memorial Day, and yes, I know the difference. This is Draft Day, dammit! I hate to even call it "Draft Day" after that awful movie that sho…

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Grading NFL drafts a day after they finish is silly. The reality is, the true measure of a team's class can't be taken now, but rather in two or three years when those players have had a chance to adapt to the NFL. Nevertheless, that's not going to stop a flood of national analysts from offering their immediate reactions on the draft classes of all 32 NFL teams. Like…

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Ezra Castro, only a week ago, had dreamed of traveling to the National Football League draft in Nashville, where there was a chance he would take the stage and make a pick before the football world for the Buffalo Bills. Instead, Castro – often known as Pancho Billa, the famous Bills fan from Texas in a luchador mask – learned Thursday morning he was going into hospice …

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Here is a last look at some mock drafts with hours until the NFL draft begins: R.J. White, CBS Sports Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. (Bills trade the pick to the Minnesota Vikings, who select Alabama's Jonah Williams at No. 9. Bills take Sweat at No. 18). "If someone like Ed Oliver doesn't slip to No. 9, the Bills should feel comfortable moving back to the la…

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NASHVILLE – Josh Allen, the former standout edge rusher for Kentucky, could see himself being a good fit for a Buffalo Bills defense looking to enhance its ability to pressure the quarterback. He loved everything about his visit to One Bills Drive in advance of the NFL draft, even if he does have some reservations about Western New York's cold climate. What Allen isn…

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The News' Jay Skurski and WGRZ's Heather Prusak break down the Bills' need for an edge rusher in the upcoming NFL draft in the second in a series. Look for breakdowns from the News' Vic Carucci, Jay and Heather of defensive tackle, defensive end, wide receiver, tight end, cornerback and offensive tackle. https://buffalonews.com/2019/04/06/nfl-draft-buffalo-bills-def…

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Matt Meekins remembers having to institute an “Ed Oliver Rule” during spring football practices at Westfield High School in Houston. It was either that, or his offense would never execute a successful inside run. The rule was simple: For the six inside run plays on the practice script, Oliver, then a sophomore defensive tackle, could only be on the field for half of the…

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This is the tenth installment of a position-by-position preview of the 2019 NFL Draft. Cornerback has a fairly long history of being seen as one of the safer ways to go in the first round. It doesn’t offer nearly the splash of quarterback or wide receiver or edge rusher. But the people who do the drafting for NFL teams have tended to find comfort in selecting someone…

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When training camp ends, road life begins for NFL scouts. Weeks are spent traveling from college campus to college campus, gathering every ounce of knowledge possible on every football prospect in the land. “I’m pretty much traveling the entire college season,” Terrance Gray said. “All the way up until Thanksgiving.” Gray is in his second year as the Buffalo Bills’ d…

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This is the second installment of a position-by-position preview of the 2019 NFL draft. Today: Wide receivers. Wide receiver not only offers some of the better talent in the NFL draft, but it also has good depth. Although teams lately have avoided investing first-round picks in the position while finding stars – such as Stefon Diggs of Minnesota and Michael Thomas of…

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Washington offensive tackle Kaleb McGary has drawn the interest of the Bills, and many other teams. According to the Houston Chornicle's Aaron Wilson, McGary has private meetings or workouts and visits with the Eagles, Bills, Saints, Falcons, Chargers, Colts, Cardinals, Panthers, Jaguars, Patriots, Green Bay, Redskins, Giants and Vikings. McGary, projected as a secon…

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Tyree Jackson, that freight train of a quarterback from the University at Buffalo, the one listed at 6-foot-7-inch, 249 pounds? The prospect whose name was trending on social media after he ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash on Saturday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis? The one who recorded a 34.5-inch vertical jump? Who leapt 10 feet in the broad? Who rifled passes so hard …

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INDIANAPOLIS – Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden sums up what just about everyone thinks when they see the physique of D.K. Metcalf. “He’s the biggest wideout I’ve ever seen,” Gruden said at the NFL scouting combine. “Who’s gonna tackle him? ... We had pictures of him with his shirt off, it made me want to get into the weight room last night.” Metcalf is not the bigge…

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The NFL announced 32 compensatory draft choices for 14 teams Friday, clearing the way for the release of the full order for the NFL draft. As expected, the Buffalo Bills did not receive a compensatory draft pick. The Bills have 10 picks in the draft, to be held April 25-27 in Nashville. FIRST ROUND: No. 9 overall SECOND ROUND: No. 40 overall THIRD ROUND: No.…

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As Bills coaches and scouts head to the Senior Bowl this week, here is the projected selection for the Bills for the ninth overall pick in the eyes of 11 mock drafts. Mel Kiper, ESPN: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan. “Could the Bills get their Kyle Williams replacement here? At his peak, the 6-foot-6, 283-pound Gary is a menace who makes offensive linemen look foolish, bu…