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Buddy Nix: Wacky sideshow won't hurt how Bills rate Manti Te'o

By Tim Graham

INDIANAPOLIS -- Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix probably can speak more authoritatively about telegrams than Facebook and catfishing.

Yet Nix can talk with confidence about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o as a football player.

"He's a good player," Nix told reporters Thursday at the NFL scouting combine in Lucas Oil Stadium. "He's a guy that can come in and help you early. I think he's a three-down player."

Bills assistant GM Doug Whaley confirmed to The Buffalo News on Wednesday that the club would make Te'o one of its 60 interviews at the combine and would ask about the fictional dead girlfriend that made embarrassing headlines.

Nix said the Te'o saga wouldn't impact where the Bills slot him on their draft board.

"You know, I tell you, I just read about it and hear about it," Nix said. "But we evaluate that guy as a football player, and that's the way we're going to do it.

"Obviously, it'll probably be mentioned, and we'll let him explain it, but if he's a good enough player, he made a mistake, it's not like he's a criminal. That wouldn't affect us."

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2013 draft | 2013 NFL scouting combine | Buddy Nix | Doug Whaley | Manti Te'o
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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.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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