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5-2 Doug Whaley breaks down the draft with Howard and Jeremy

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I didn't WGR buffalo. KFC yeah. Point five then. You GR Sports Radio fight fifty. Quit the nineteenth pick in the 2016. NFL draft. The Buffalo Bills the black. Jack Watson. At an event plus. That does okay we should probably get to work that we are joined in studio by the general manager of the Buffalo Bills. Wiley who's got nothing to do now he's going on vacation today bags that bunched at the airport. And do some wrap up stuff. Office today at 6 o'clock flight. I was getting good for you. It's it's nice it is nice to see you relax in your work is done. I said earlier and I know this is gonna carry a lot of weight with you I approve of your dress. Well I appreciate that we're out there and often spotty and is as pumped as we are and we just approved on the field you know why like this because I I I can do this and do this may be I don't know if you guys do this to you can over think things you can outsmart yourself sometimes. And honestly you look at ago hey we need to fix the defense as much we talk about quarterback that's about cardinal Jones clearly you looked at it said. OK let's fix the defense and boom boom boom your top three picks were all about defense to them should be starters. And that's what. I told the Google is this rarely happens like best to be able to have the highest guy on your board and we always say that but this one these these guys truth on our needs. And to have rag when there in the second round where we were thinking. That Shaq would be gone and we would targeted rag and as our nineteenth pick so. For us to feel that like we got 21 round is in the first two rounds and they're going to be starters because of the to meet. It's it's a special draft and hopefully it turns out used on the road as we say this is drafted propelled us to where we wanna go. Alex is a factory in the type of defensive player when you when you look at your big bore like a Rex Ryan linebacker in his system might not be the same as a Bill Belichick linebacker so when your put together your board how much work is there. With scouts never won knowing what the coaching staff specifically is looking for. That's why we lean heavily on the coaching staff in the process we want them that tell us. Where he will be used in the defense as well as. His mental capabilities to be able to pick up the defense in the mats when we take that information from the coaches and assign a value on our draft board. So looking at this year's defense should fans expected. And and I've seen to be better or worse but should fans expect that perhaps will be a little bit more. Our understanding. Players are suited to their position suited to what you're asking me do a little bit better. Or guys to the fact also that's another year into the system mr. complicated system and when you look at when he went to the jets he brought in some veterans that had been in that system and they were able to hit the ground running. This year when he came in there was some carry over from patents but this one wasn't even a lot more advance so when you. And a whole squad of guys on defense that have another year in the system they're more comfortable I think you're gonna see each should rise just from that alone. You were pretty confident we Shaq Lawson of these it's about gets off the bus they want to starting. But rich Iraq. He's getting off the bus they wanna start and as well so we're excited right there and and the thing about Iraq and that makes you variations that does. The college look equivalent to our defense is Alabama so he's gonna comment and have familiarity right off the back how much of that factor in drafting him. It it was it was but a nice bonus but the when you meet this menu you'll understand why light light heat is not only of ferocious football player. But he's got to. An aura about them that just excludes. Leadership what OK so. Watched Agassi is shut down yet did you have him come on we interviewed him and we had a drag pre draft visit Italy so he said he exudes confidence in what what. What struck you so much about him an idea how you walk on that guy is just that there's an aura about that we have our college visits a lot of times we like to arrange. Guys from the same team and we had another guy from this thing team and a couple other guys. And when you're sitting down at dinner and you just like to watch how they interact with each other especially if their teammates and he controlled the room. So with not only his teammates but with others. Guys from other teams so that lets you know that right there every races leaders are born not made this guy however he got it he has. What about all this talk about he's not a three down linebacker. Or find out we're comfortable enough we do not enough work between our scouts and our coaches that feel like he can be a three round. Russia quarterback he can rush quarterback is if you look at what he did in Alabama's versatility he did play in the dime and nickel situations. He played my deeply will and he also rushed off the edge so the skies versatility I think is underrated. Rex was talking a little bit about the defense and how. You know right vs left and deception and you know confusion and do you think there is more versatility or how is this defense going to be different with the addition -- made. And how that flexibility help Rex Ryan. I think yen on that I had I mean. The versatility because of the defense of mind I think it's going to be game plan specific which where these guys lineup and then. Right left left right canny move Jerry inside sometimes so I know this much. The coaches were and how on this this weekend and they were all Gideon iron in already talk him out to different things they can do. When throughout this process you know we know the players. Want to sell themselves to use they want to but do you believe that I am a good player I'm a good peck is the organization does it go the other way at all you wanna. When you bring a guy in Reggie right on comes in from his check clause when they come in for a visit what are you telling them things about the organization they have questions how what I fit what's it like to play here. I guess some wonder how much of a two way street it is as opposed just like a job interview interviewing candidates. It's as to where she is and we look at is we wanna show these guys if we draft you this is the type of the environment you're walking into between how. We talked to him how we interact what we expect them how we present ourselves in our building and how we expect in the present themselves in building so it's not a shock. It's not a recruiting visit where. All of my blow model when we get here payroll in the back of the in the Kerry might my bags it's now hey this is what our culture's all about so we just wanted. Expose them to our culture. Pitting one of the things that I'll remember coming out of this weekend is. Just how jazzed Shaq Lawson seemed to be like you've got some got you guys are obviously happy to be drafted him but his reaction. And Reggie rag on suitable wolf than saying that they wanted to play for. Racks or for Rex and Rob Ryan defense at that that Ryan named does carry something with a lot of defensive players. What you know when you guys talked to these guys and that they got trapped in that came here on visits to eat you guys ask them but I I think what we're hearing from some agency that we've talked to that. Buffalo's no longer than that. Place that people think. They have big index up to its start to become a destination and it's the combination of the Google is and they wanna be best in class and the Ryans and what we've built in the last couple draft. Again. A lot of agents or are saying. People are talking about buffalo. GM Doug Whaley was here in studio. OK so Shaq Lawson gets off the bus he starts Reggie rack and gets up about she starts. But golf as Washington gets off the bus he he competes the start but I think guy he will contribute for sure early. In what ways on the defense line. I think it will be between him I mean with the rotation Ohio with him quarter Bryant. Marcel and Kyle Williams I mean that keeps those guys freshening gives the coach is a lot of versatility. We know we have talked about the idea of safety as a musician maybe you would address in draft. In large part because of Eric Williams and and and you know you're not sure what's gonna happen killings are taken contact in training camp he didn't take any safeties are you not concerned about that. They just didn't fall right. Again we're not gonna district users of a need or perceived need jump on something that we don't think the values and that again offset all the time when you draft for need get a bit. Bigger chance of a missing so it just didn't work out that way but we got confidence in Robert plan we sign awkward rams come on back to Williams meek. Meeks so those are the guys that are still in there that are confident that are giving competition but also providing death. That's an opposite tack but I I wanna get card LTR a on card Al Jones did he comes out this year you guys pick him up in the fourth round I feel like I heard more about carnal Jones grounded because of meanwhile I was college or went. Entering last year's draft did you guys have an idea on where he might have gone last year because when play before they declare you know it's you know it's possible so Scott would have seen Carnell Jones he stays one more year you get him in the fourth from the show I just wonder if you could take us through. The overall charting of his career and and the organizations look at him through time. It's easy for me to say after that year he would have been a first rounder but I didn't study. Now is to hate to say something without actually putting in the day that's the scout enemy but just from. Just the view of it. From an outside view without actually put those that you're gonna say this guy Cayman. Won three of the most high pressure games his first three starts and he looked phenomenal. I mean so. Of course you gonna say. You don't have that long Reza made to pick out his holes you've got three an incredible games on a high staged so. Why not throw especially at that position and and and the way the NFL is today in the draft system is not as. Caps. Hurting if you miss on a quarterback. Now well. In your conversations with him how does he take how his college career went you know to go from that high of highs to then kind of be in a bit of a forgotten guy. He just says you know you get a guy that's extreme there as experienced both extremes from the highest of highs to being benched so he's ran that gamut of emotions and he's been their before so I we looked at as a positive nothing's gonna phase Escude coming in and as the number three or the other has to start. He's been there done that and has been success weighs eleven and now. So this is a thought process we were thinking we talked about this guy. When you up so we knew we did go pop the tapes it and he did start looking at him. First off let me break down those three games because like you said. They Wisconsin Alabama organ in order was phenomenal what did you see in those three games from him. Saw a guy that obviously that the armed talent jumps off the the tape for you no doubt about it but he was making rose under pressure and get hit. And he was making throws when things weren't perfect. And that's what's key in the NFL because you never got very rarely will you have a perfect pocket he can you put that ball on a rope. In that accurate catching zone. While people are your feet are bouncing on people or bounce and offer this guy and then you add the fact that he can tuck it and these 215 run you over. That's a special qualities that a quarterback. Bucket and you watch games from last USC to see anything different so all the same but did then you started to see those guys that no one where his weaknesses are. And he was saying he had some inaccurate games but his completion percentage at the end of the year was 62%. That's not that back. Now what what you did see is. His lack of experience. Reading defenses and that's why we're saying this guy's not gonna come in and ride off the bat. You know everything that. A guy that's been in the leaguer has played in three or four years as a starter in college guys had eleven starts. So it's a piece of me clay we can mold and we believe the upside is just unpacked do you think. Teams. Around the league there's more. Of a penalty in the draft for a quarterback that's a project then another player. Think you might have. Tell what you see even if you're quarterback you know all we can't put that guy on the field to start so of course he's gonna slide on the draft board a bit he's gonna be a fourth round pick whereas if you have a linebacker that might have some flaws. Maybe he's a second rounder because you could stardom by week six and get by I think. And that that's while we say the value has to meet the ability. And that mask of the essence of putting a draft grade one guy right he just hit it right there so with a quarterback. If a guy surprise a project or he's raw. That position is you you'll see not punished but it just it's taken more into account correct but it. So so way if you're quarterbacks the way the way they look right now. You know Tyrod Taylor enters this season last and we talked you yes like if you talk to Tyrod you say you some in the hallway and said he said hello is that pretty much how. Fans should expect that it should be that we won't hear much until you know kind of quiet until we hear something new won't we'll negotiations beyond going. Negotiations who obviously we took guy is for this weekend. Morgan back regroup this week and then say game plan from from now until. The in to them many camps and I are. Our phone lines are always open but again while sit down with Jim over Norfolk. And try to get a game plan and see if we can just reach out to an instant and just you know keep the lines of communication open. It's. Okay do you have a priority list he got Tyrod. Who is under contract you have Glenn who is under contract Geoff Gilmore is under contract but you're all under one year deals right now. On 123 they're all the same we gotta get these guys are gonna. They're all the same Hornish tried who worked as diligently as possible to get those three guys and then next year you guys will be like how well. The bills and doing things free agency this is where we wanna get too. We wanna get to having good players on our team and keeping them. Instead of going out and the free agent route we like to go out free agent route for the value free agents what we call the dust settled guys but when you have. Potential stars. That we drafted or acquired in their own our roster now. Why not throw money at those guys can you actually get all three guys thought multiple year contracts all three guys and make it. There's a I am I'm supremely confident there's a chance we can do. Which iPad. Yeah supposedly concert there that says. I don't make all in and not. Restructured our guys and create other room and try to get at all. It's. It's it's it's going to be a daunting task but that's why I'm Jim over north he's he hasn't let me down so I think I wonder about is the Josh Norman situation like that you know they are but the franchise tag he doesn't sign it. And the GM said you know over time it just kind of started thinking don't wanna commit that much money to that position and what are how often that happens where. Time goes by and a team just kind of you know what. Maybe not maybe that's not our best. Plan all the way we approach it as we said it would set a number and this is the number we're comfortable pain and helps. Fit into our salary cap system without strapping us from it getting better and other areas. And once we go back and once that we see the negotiations goes past that point and won't ever come back. Then I can for see something like that. Got to value do you put on a cornerback like people would have no problem place twenty million dollar number on a quarterback. Pass rusher right they get big money. Do you think a quarterback is worth fourteen fit the top five guys are making 1213 1415 million dollars is that value. There's value now the number we haven't sat down yet and input and exact number of where our value will be. Lit corners are valuable and mostly gets a pass passing league and especially guys with some size though. We're gonna have to really sit down and analyzes. It's passing league talk about the dust settlers. Are you hoping for some wide receivers when the dust settles if I look at it this way with the catalyst to me we picked up now with good when coming back and we Greg solace. We got some guys that have produced in this league your four weekend's winner hangers and these guys have been in the league and produce so we're excited about the competition there. And there may be some unknowns or some guys that haven't stepped up and fully committed to their. Their craft on the field. But you we give Robert was back also awful the surgery he was playing her own last year or so we're pretty immune of people were talking about the need for number two. I think with the competition in the guys we have on the roster now we should be okay. You've got a season where were a lot of fans are watching and waiting to see if Tyrod takes the step to prove he's a franchise guy he's worth that huge contract. Is part of being that guy. Being able to beat the quarterback even when. You might not have the best weapons around you not to not to despair and wide receivers but just to say they listen if you are this guy. Than you do with who you've got because the bass players in this league at that position they make everybody around them better. You answer the question actually believe it from when you look at it. You wanna see guy that rallies the troops the guy that when he steps on the field everybody raises their level of the game and that's the the characteristic of every quarterback that I've been around or seen from afar that's one of the the character is is the hardest to get but the easiest when you see it. Notice. Undrafted free agents. Anybody. Any names you wanna share intriguing stories guys that your interested to see when they come to camp lying. Then you know you got to gronkowski kiddies and I mean obviously people really say because of his name I think it's more visibility than because the versatility he brings. And what he can he can pick up three to four spots on game day active roster. Between fullback tight and special team or. And maybe even. A slot guy for some deception think so we're excited about that guy we got some other guys coming in that. You'll see and we were hoping for those guys and it's it's it's. Great testament fruit for them in their livelihoods. Are there any more dust settlers coming in in free agency will look like you wanna address I'll tell you this much we always keep pries open I mean there's going to be a wave this week of guys getting cut. So we're gonna sit down and say an assassin will this guy helpless so I can't tell you for sure but it. Our antennas are always. So Tim Murray was in the out the war room right you guys are dual crossover. Absolutely no doubt and now I always I welcome and puts pressure from a guy. From a from another sports league if he can give me one tidbit of information or hey have you ever thought about that and that helps us. Why not meant that's that the enemy of what were the rules are talking about one buffalo do you wish there was a lottery in the NFL. Too much stress the should feel. I'm Diana and I rather know warnings via. Now the sabres find out they have the film tropic you'll be at their war room as well Levy do more cross during the. Iraq are gonna drafty I'll sit there and then see the process and it's going to be interest in one. As everybody knows the NHL of the teams are at the draft and their sat next to each other. World Laura little more paranoia in the NFL and news did you really was concerned about information leaking out so that's why we do little different. What whatever is easier to get trades or be tougher to get trades at the guys sit next to unity over here he's talking to somebody else how does that go down. In the NFL you're on the phone you trade up you're ready to make a trade. Is there a way to hear through back channels like you know he's also talking to the vikings right now like how how does that happen when multiple teams are working multiple. It's a little bit of gamesmanship. Because if you know someone depends on which way your common if someone's calling you wanted to trade with you you can always say we've heard from other teams you don't tell much here. But just let them know we got other offers on the so you better come as strong as possible. Have one big room with a all the teams that all the tables and wait wait a minute dolphins GM just walked over exactly. That there's an intern who walked by the table and stop and listen but he California. I would and one person one table and other personally I agree in his prime well what exactly and the art of deception and and you walk over there pretend you're talking recently I thought I have a conversation that's where it yeah absolutely. To the appointments. Did you how to read or replied well I say this. I'm only a penguins fan over savers and they played each. Now they gates all the way into the playoffs then. As the pins so that sabres are playing at went in the playoffs mean you're rooting for. And for the Google's. Back. I. Now I look at it this way about our extension based it is what I'll say and I know the listening on his tool will appreciate this. You would think less of me. If I wasn't opponents and just like all the sabres fans that live in different towns. At heart. There's still sabres at heart I am and I'm Wilson that I've said it many times to boo isn't he respects my opinion. And because he also knows that he's a Detroit Tigers and and last opening dam went to see the Broncos. Have played three tigers so we understand it is camera against tigers that. Terry you deathly Nicklaus. Regular season game sabres penguins. Occidental lies and replica. Economic track pack. Draft was horrible. We're now so what other you. You're you kickback and watch other sports do you it would also when you're not busy watching football and now I'm I'm got a nice big TV screen in your office you watch other games. Absolutely I'm a sports junkie you give me tickets to any live sporting event I'm there. I'm just on the sets and except the obsessed with competition I just like you mean you send me and I remember beginning in the curling. I assist I love competition on the competition that. I don't know so no football on until I mean three seasons though one will be NBA free NBA playoffs the NBA in his NHL goal on the baseball games. I mean next week and I'm one seed the pirates player in Chicago so just some things that I can keep reconnect with my family have been absentee for a little bit and you just watch as a fan or do you like watch and the scouting side of you just comes out as you're watching these other sports on the street fan I don't know anything about hockey. But I love to watch it so I'm not like yeah absolutely I and then and I then I become in the U callers is gonna steal sit there are no yellow Google white and on the ice right now absolutely so when I hear people listen in yellen Meehan and coach someone. I don't condone but I understand that. We. I ask is that you get that hagee added I did it we know we're not right. Most of that time we only asked did you understand that I would advise you not to listen to one line and that's the stuff. Exact. I told us that before you go. Sears I was getting what you do now. Although. We got rookie minicamp this weekend so we're excited to actually see these guys on the field and and get those guys into the program and get started. And most of my days just a little bit in the office and once we get on out on the field for OTA's watch that and then. Try to give my horrible swing in the shape. And just relax and again reconnect when my family. Do you see my wife and daughter try to pick her up from school couple days of just being normal guy. Nine to five or get a start on next year's draft question what will start the week before Memorial Day we had a go to Florida for some scouting meetings of the blessed the meetings and will. Sort of see what schools have the prospects next year. And of course don't forget to read all of your draft grades from all along and I know that that. Authority at all. My mom mom doesn't have to come and inside that he would have that. I know there's a lot of Asian. I thought I saw a seat from USA today but. You got a lot of ways they minuses. Fees. What moment I give you would be just to keep you grounded. Does that ever happen because I think a lot of fans the closest we ever come to draft has been stressed. Ever happened where a team drafts a guy. And use overlooks rounds is like. Oh I. What we even the you are now down in the draft real it what division from wire you know just like this rain in here first the comes up. Well you're aware of the player yeah you're just shocked at the value they assigned but you'll always in the back your head think. They may be seeing that about your draft choices well so it's a high that's all you know it's all relative as they say that's against Europe at the tables altogether at the NHL you can actually talk trash like and now allow third round on that guy out boy who we haven't wealth around. He has since more showmanship when you can looks man face I gave you. Well here's what we're looking for in May after the season with the hope which it. Well you know yeah. Yeah go ahead make the playoffs this year. That vehicle. I don't know how will worrisome for more than the playoffs is absolutely. Picky at this time. Mellowed at first we're not done any predictions out there we're just gonna say that words deadly trying to improve and make everybody out there and listening audience proud. The Buffalo Bills in any thoughts about Brady and suspended again Allah is way it's hard enough to win NFL. So anybody we play it's going to be about the delicate and it. I'm pretty. Radically without pre but it letting go well thanks for stop and appreciate you fellas yeah time. I'll probably wants you to know training camp yet. It will save a spot for. I appreciate no good luck congratulations thank you Doug joining us. Two go through for the bills draft from Doug's comments. 8030550. Peter Jarvis Jones at nine on WGR.