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Gailey eyes a running back in the draft

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday that offensive line, wide receiver and possibly quarterback are on the team's list of draft priorities. He also said the Bills would select a running back, probably in the middle rounds.

Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch are the only running backs on the roster. Gailey wants to add a small, scatback-type of runner that would provide a change of pace and bring more versatility to the backfield.

"We've got to upgrade there in some way, shape or form, and there are some good running backs in the draft this year, different from what we've got,'' Gailey said. "So a change of pace is may something we could do there with a different type of player. The guys who are coming out now, there's a bunch of those 5-9, 180 to 185-pound, quick-as-a-cat water bugs that are running backs/receivers that might give you a little bit of a punch on the field and maybe make a big play.'' 

One running back that fits what Gailey is looking for is Mississippi's Dexter McCluster, a 5-foot-9, 172-pound speedster with excellent hands and outstanding elusiveness in the open field. He's also a dynamic kick returner. Most projections have him going in the third or fourth round.

---Allen Wilson


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