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Bills draft notes

4/25/2009

Posted by ESPN's David Amber

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bills general manager Russ Brandon says he hopes to take advantage of his two first-round picks (No. 11 and No. 28) and add depth at several key positions this weekend. Buffalo owns four of the first 75 overall picks and is hoping to address its defensive front seven as well as its offensive line.

Brandon indicated Saturday morning that it's "highly doubtful we will move either of our first-round picks."

Last year the Bills were tied for 28th in sacks and are looking to add a pass-rushing defensive end or outside linebacker. Brandon said he loves the intensity and football instincts of former USC linebacker Clay Matthews. Brandon described former Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin as "explosive" and says former Florida State defensive end Everette Brown "flat-out can just get to the quarterback."

It looks as if the only Bills offensive lineman from last year who will be returning to his position is Brad Butler at right guard. With the trade of two-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters, the Bills will be looking to add one of the premier left tackles in the draft to their roster. Brandon said he believes there are a number of tackles who could step in right away and make an impact in the NFL. Last year, there were a record eight offensive tackles picked in the first round. Expect the Bills to take a tackle with one of their first picks Saturday.

Aside from defensive end and offensive tackle, another position the Bills would like to address is tight end. Buffalo released last year's starting tight end, Robert Royal, this offseason. With the addition of Terrell Owens, Buffalo hopes to stretch the field and is looking for a player who could help in pass protection for quarterback Trent Edwards.
After a tumultuous offseason in which three Bills players were arrested, Brandon said character will be a key component to what the Bills do this weekend. "We also judge character as key, just like the players' combine scores and game tape," Brandon said.

David Amber is ESPN's bureau reporter based in Toronto.