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Bills signed Texas DE Cedric Reed.

Reed (6'5/269) made 32 starts for the Longhorns, tallying 37 career tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and six forced fumbles. He was a second-team All-Big 12 pick as a senior. Reed underwent meniscus surgery after the season and couldn't work out before the draft. On game tape, Reed is a classic "JAG" with a shortage of pass-rush tools. Reed could have some value as a run-stopping end, but won't be a factor on NFL passing downs.
May 3 - 12:05 PM

Bills signed South Florida WR Andre Davis.

Davis (6'1/207) made 30 starts at USF, parlaying 153 catches into 2,136 yards (14.0 YPR) and 17 TDs. He ran 4.60 at his Pro Day, also struggling in the broad (9'10") and vertical (32 1/2") jumps. Davis lacks speed and leaping ability to win outside, and shows a concerning amount of timidness when running over the middle, which would be problematic in the slot. He'll likely go down as a good college player who couldn't cut it in the pros.
May 2 - 10:31 PM

Bills signed Western Kentucky CB Cam Thomas.

Thomas (6'0/200) made 32 starts at Western Kentucky, compiling 11 career interceptions, 24 pass breakups, and five tackles for loss. After a five-pick junior year, Thomas was rarely tested as a senior, allowing him to disguise some deficiencies. Thomas managed a 4.67 forty at the WKU Pro Day, though he performed solidly in the vertical (36") and broad (10'2") jumps. Thomas lacks speed to play corner in the NFL, but has the size and tackling skills to convert to safety. He'll open his career on special teams.
May 2 - 10:28 PM

Bills signed Stanford ILB A.J. Tarpley.

Tarpley (6'0/232) started all four years for the Cardinal, compiling 20.5 career TFLs, 6.5 sacks, and four interceptions. He earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors as a senior. An average athlete for an NFL linebacker, Tarpley ran 4.75 with a 34-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump at Stanford's Pro Day. Tarpley was one of the better pure tacklers in college football, but isn't big or rangy and lacks thump in run defense. He projects as a reserve and special teamer.
May 2 - 7:49 PM

Bills signed Baylor P Spencer Roth.

Roth (6'4/227) graduated with the second-best punting average (43.7 yards) in Baylor history, earning first-team All-Big 12 as both a junior and senior. Over 40 percent of his punts in 2014 landed inside the 20-yard line, and Roth only had one punt blocked in his college career.
May 2 - 7:35 PM

Bills selected Central Arkansas WR Dezmin Lewis with the No. 234 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Lewis (6'4/214) was a first-team All-Southland Conference selection by the coaches as a senior in D-IAA, finishing his career with 197 catches for 2,618 yards (13.3 YPR) and 24 TDs. An average athlete, Lewis ran 4.58 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump in Indianapolis. Lewis has big (9 7/8"), strong hands and dominated lower-level DBs by making contested catches. Whether he'll be able to do the same in the NFL is a major question mark, as Lewis lacks the explosive ability required to create separation.
May 2 - 5:44 PM

Bills selected Florida State TE Nick O'Leary with the No. 194 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

O'Leary (6'3/252) was the 2014 Mackey Award winner as college football's top tight end, finishing his career with 114 catches for 1,591 yards (14.0 YPR) and 17 TDs. He was Jameis Winston's safety valve over the middle. O'Leary catches everything -- soft hands are his calling card -- but he is deficient from both a size and athleticism standpoint, measuring in with T-Rex arms (29 3/4") and running 4.93 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical at the Combine. O'Leary can still be a useful NFL possession target, likely as an H-back or No. 2 tight end. He could develop into a complement to Charles Clay.
May 2 - 4:12 PM

Bills selected Clemson LB Tony Steward with the No. 188 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Steward (6'1/241) was primarily a special teams player for the Tigers, finally earning consistent defensive snaps as a senior. He ran 4.64 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and pumped 29 reps at the Clemson Pro Day. Steward's ticket to an NFL roster spot will come on kickoff and punt coverage.
May 2 - 3:57 PM

Bills RB Bryce Brown's roster spot could be in jeopardy after the team drafted Karlos Williams in the fifth round.

Mike Rodak and Joe Buscaglia, both Bills reporters, immediately tweeted goodbyes to Brown after the Williams pick. Brown is a significantly more talented runner than Williams, but he makes frustrating mental mistakes and does not take care of the ball well. Even if Brown hangs around, he will be no better than fourth on the depth chart.
Source: Mike Rodak
May 2 - 2:48 PM

Bills selected Florida State RB Karlos Williams with the No. 155 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Williams (6'1/230) converted from safety to tailback for his final two college seasons, tallying 1,419 yards and 22 TDs on 241 carries (5.89 YPC). He caught 37 passes. Williams posted a head-turning Speed Score at the Combine by running 4.48 at 230 pounds, adding a 9-foot-9 broad jump and 33 1/2-inch vertical. Stiff, upright, and not a smart runner between the tackles, Williams is a 22-year-old project who must be groomed at a position where NFL teams don't typically "groom." He's a flier pick and unlikely to make much early-career impact.
May 2 - 2:39 PM

The Bills' official website called third-round G John Miller "an ideal fit" for the team's power-run scheme.

New OC Greg Roman plans to bring the power-run game with him from San Francisco, and Miller projects as a great fit in the scheme. Miller struggled at the Combine, but played with heavy hands and power in college. With the Bills weak at guard, Miller could be a day-one starter.
May 2 - 11:00 AM

Bills selected Louisville G John Miller with the No. 81 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Miller (6'3/303) made 46 career starts for the Cardinals, all at left guard. He was an honorable mention All-ACC pick as a senior. Miller had a concerning Combine, running 5.33 with a 27-inch vertical and managing a 14 on the Wonderlic. An undersized guard with big (10 1/4"), heavy hands, Miller was a power player in college who struggled at times in pass protection. He projects as a potential starter at guard -- an area of need for the Bills.
May 1 - 10:35 PM

Bills selected Florida State CB Ronald Darby with the No. 50 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Darby (5'11/193) made 23 starts in the Seminoles' secondary, managing one career tackle for loss, two INTs, and two forced fumbles. Despite his high profile amongst media, Darby was only voted third-team All-ACC by the conference's coaches in 2014. Darby does flash man-coverage traits. He was often left on an island in FSU's defense, and offenses rarely tested his side. Darby shined at the Combine, running 4.38 with a 41 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump. On tape, Darby is too often outmuscled by bigger receivers and is a matador in run defense. He's a high-ceiling prospect with a low floor. Darby figures to compete for sub-package snaps behind starters Stephon Gilmore and Corey Graham.
May 1 - 8:40 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said he's comfortable with Duke Williams starting at strong safety.

With Da’Norris Searcy now in Tennessee, the strong safety spot is open. Williams, a 2013 fourth-rounder, played on 48.6 percent of the snaps last year and packs a punch against the run. We know Rex likes his safeties to be hard-hitters and effective in the box.
Apr 30 - 10:18 AM

Coach Rex Ryan raved about third-year WR Marquise Goodwin following voluntary workouts.

"I'm telling you," Ryan said. "The Goodwin kid is not one to sleep on." Goodwin is entering a possible make-or-break year with the Bills and needs to put together a strong offseason. He's no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart as a mere deep threat who likely needs to contribute on special teams. Goodwin has 18 catches through two seasons. He caught one ball in 2014.
Apr 29 - 11:59 AM


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