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Bills grab Olympic talent in third round with WR Marquise Goodwin

By Tim Graham

Whether or not they can score touchdowns on a consistent basis is unknown, but if a track meet ever breaks out at Ralph Wilson Stadium, you can expect the Buffalo Bills to win some medals.

For the second year in a row, the Bills drafted a smallish track-and-field receiver in the third round. They selected Olympic long jumper Marquise Goodwin from Texas tonight. They traded up last year to draft North Carolina State sprinter T.J. Graham.

Goodwin ran the fastest 40-yard dash at this year's NFL scouting combine, clocking in at 4.27 seconds. It was the second-fastest combine time since Chris Johnson set the record at 4.24 seconds in 2000.

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Road to the Draft: Terron Armstead

By Jay Skurski

Terron Armstead

Position: Offensive tackle
School: Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Measurements: 6-foot-5, 306 pounds.
40 time: 4.71 seconds. Vertical: 34.5 inches. Broad jump: 112 inches. 225-pound bench press: 31 reps
Draft projection: Second-third round

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Get your mocks off: What will Buffalo do with the eighth pick?

By Tim Graham

The last time we cobbled together a mock-draft roundup, there was nowhere near a consensus on what the Buffalo Bills would do with the eighth overall pick.

Prognosticators couldn't settle on a position, let alone a player.

But with the NFL scouting combine behind us and some various roster moves in the books, draft analysts are starting to find a semblance of harmony. Of the sampling I've compiled today, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan are popular guesses.

In this edition, we look at the latest projections from Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski, former New York Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, an quartet of Brian Billick, Gil Brandt, Charles Davis and Scott Pioli, Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks, Doug Farrar for Yahoo! Sports,'s Rob Rang and Dane Brugler, National Football Post analyst Russ Lande and's computer simulator.

  • • Banks' pick: Geno Smith, West Virginia quarterback
  • • Billick's pick: Dion Jordan, Oregon defensive end
  • • Brandt's pick: Dion Jordan, Oregon defensive end
  • • Brugler's pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee wide receiver
  • • Davis' pick: Chance Warmack, Alabama guard
  • • Draft Tek's pick: Geno Smith, West Virginia quarterback
  • • Farrar's pick: Dion Jordan, Oregon defensive end
  • • Lande's pick: Ryan Nassib, Syracuse quarterback
  • • Pioli's pick: Bjoern Werner, Florida State defensive end
  • • Rang's pick: Geno Smith, West Virginia quarterback
  • • Skurski's pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee wide receiver
  • • Tannenbaum's pick: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas safety

For the record: Top 40-yard dash times at NFL combine

By Tim Graham

Welcome back to For the Record Fridays.

In this installment, we review the top 40-yard dash times at the recently completed NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

  • 4.27 Marquise Goodwin, Texas wide receiver
  • 4.34 Tavon Austin, West Virginia wide receiver
  • 4.34 Onterio McCalebb, Auburn running back
  • 4.34 Ryan Swope, Texas A&M wide receiver
  • 4.36 Darius Slay, Mississippi State cornerback
  • 4.37 Knile Davis, Arkansas running back
  • 4.37 Dee Milliner, Alabama cornerback
  • 4.38 Josh Boyce, Texas Christian wide receiver
  • 4.38 Kenny Stills, Oklahoma wide receiver
  • 4.38 Desmond Trufant, Washington cornerback
  • 4.39 Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana cornerback
  • 4.39 Jamar Taylor, Boise State cornerback
  • 4.40 Brandon McGee, Miami cornerback
  • 4.41 Sanders Commings, Georgia cornerback
  • 4.41 Kayvon Webster, South Florida cornerback

Russ Brandon: Bills 'haven't been relevant for way too long'

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have an image issue.

You know it. They know it. The NFL community knows it.

The Bills haven't made the playoffs for 13 years. They're ragamuffins on the football landscape. The mainstream media barely notice them. Opposing fans pity them.

The boffo Mario Williams signing notwithstanding, the Bills still are working on re-establishing legitimacy.

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With 15 draft picks expected, 49ers prime trade partners for Bills

By Tim Graham

If the Buffalo Bills want to trade back into the first round or move up into the second round for a player they want -- perhaps a quarterback -- then the San Francisco 49ers have emerged as obvious candidates to work out a deal.

The Niners reportedly have worked out a trade that will send quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for this year's second-round draft choice (34th overall) and other unrevealed considerations. The Niners also hold the 31st overall selection.

It's no secret the Bills need a quarterback and want to draft one early. They own the eighth and 41st overall picks.

Draft analysts are hesitant to put a high first-round value on a quarterback in this year's class, but the best prospects could be gone by the time the Bills draft in the second round. Thus, the Niners become attractive trade partners.

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Why the Bills should think about drafting another OT early

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills seemed to have found a franchise tackle last year, when they drafted Cordy Glenn in the second round.

But the other tackle spot emerged as a major concern.

What if the Bills were to draft another top-flight tackle in April to give themselves bookends for years to come?

It's an intriguing thought.

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Tip for future professionals: Don't post pics of guns and dope

By Tim Graham

When it comes to vetting football players, NFL security executives go deeper than weights, heights, 40-yard dash times and a couple of interviews.

"You'd be shocked," Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider told reporters last week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. "Our security guy does a Twitter and Facebook count."

It should be a lesson to any high school or college kid who hopes to get a job with a major corporation someday that getting stupid with social-media is a fine way to short-circuit a career before it begins.

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Bills sign GM heir apparent Doug Whaley to contract extension

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Over the past few days, Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon and General Manager Buddy Nix each made vague comments about assistant GM and player-personnel director Doug Whaley sticking around the organization for a long time.

This evening, the Bills announced they've signed Whaley to a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Whaley, 40, is considered Nix's heir to the GM office.

"I am happy that we have secured Doug's services into the future," Nix, 73, said in a statement released by the club, "and look forward to a smooth transition of the position when the time comes."

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Manti Te'o endures his media penance at NFL combine

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o holds a news conference with reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. (Photo: Associated Press)

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL teams are grilling Manti Te'o about his fabricated dead girlfriend.

That has been happening here at the NFL scouting combine behind closed doors. The Buffalo Bills will be among the 20 teams Te'o speaks with, and every one of them has asked him tough questions.

"No," Te'o replied with a laugh when I asked him if any of the teams have let him off the hook. "They're all asking me."

The interrogation went public this afternoon.

Te'o began to rehabilitate his reputation in the NFL media community with an effective news conference in Lucas Oil Stadium. The 15-minute session was the first time Te'o met reporters in an uncontrolled setting since the national championship game.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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