--Former Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, now the Bills' assistant head coach/linebackers coach, told two news outlets that he felt his program was unfairly picked out in a Sports Illustrated article critiquing players on top-ranked NCAA teams getting in trouble with the law. While regretting a bad stretch last summer when four Pitt players were arrested, Wannstedt stood by his "body of work" regarding player behavior during his six seasons at Pitt. "Every player and each incident was evaluated on an individual basis. And we did our due diligence to make sure that we treated each player fair," Wannstedt told The Associated Press, comments similar to those given The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
--Talking to season-ticket-holders March 29 by way of the team's website, coach Chan Gailey said, "If I had to say today, I'd say we're going to use most of our picks defensively. I think we have to try to shore up our defensive football team. We have to try to get stronger there, get quicker there, get nastier there."
Of course, Gailey also talked about things team say at this time of year. "It's not a sin to tell a lie pre-draft," Gailey said. "Everybody does it. It's accepted. So everything you hear or read or see, you need to keep in mind that about 10 percent of it's the truth."
--The Bills will visit with Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers and attend his pro day April 1. Bowers is regarded as a top-five pick and would fill a huge need for Buffalo - stopping the run and rushing the passer. Bowers is recovering from post-season surgery to repair a torn meniscus and clearing him medically is a big reason for the pre-draft scrutiny.
--Two top-rated linebackers, Von Miller of Texas A&M and Kelvin Sheppard of LSU were in for visits. Miller, an outside linebacker, is rated a top-10 pick while Sheppard, an inside linebacker, has third- to fourth-round grades. Both players are familiar with the Bills' coaching staff, which coached the winning South team in the Senior Bowl.
--DT Marcell Dareus of Alabama is getting a lot of play in mock drafts as headed for Buffalo at No. 3. After Auburn's Nick Fairley, he's the best D-tackle available and maybe even more versatile. The Bills need that versatility to play the three- and four-man fronts they plan.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"You're only antsy when somebody else is doing something to get ahead of you. If nobody else is doing anything to get ahead of you, then you're not antsy. I don't worry about it if there is no one getting ahead of me. - Coach Chan Gailey, asked if he is getting antsy with offseason workouts not allowed to start.
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