Thoughts On Kiper’s Bills Mock Selection

robinson-229x300Even though the 2014 NFL draft doesn’t arrive until early May and we sit in the wintry middle of January, water cooler talk formally commenced Wednesday when Mel Kiper released the first of what’s sure to be dozens of first-round NFL mock drafts.  Chatter is sure to be passionate among Buffalo Bills fans, as Kiper tabbed Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the Bills first selection, ninth overall.

Based on plenty of reaction on Twitter and early analysis from a few scribes, including ESPN.com’s Mike Rodrak, it doesn’t appear taking Robinson would be a popular move for Buffalo.

The rationale for cynicism are quite palpable— Buffalo has bigger needs, Cordy Glenn was terrific at left tackle in 2013, quality starters or at least depth can be found in the mid-to-late rounds, and oh—did I mention the Bills have bigger needs?

For what it’s worth, I don’t entirely concur —with the skeptics, that is.

For starters, take a look at who won’t be available and/or who the Bills aren’t going to take. Love or hate E.J. Manuel the Bills are not taking Johnny Football, Teddy Bridgewater or anyone else who throws a football for a living with the ninth pick.…

daily-links-logo5Mel Kiper’s first of what will be a million NFL mock drafts are out, and he has the Bills taking Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson with the ninth overall pick. If I can intervene, please don’t read a single thing into mock drafts this early other than some fun water cooler talk.

Pro Football Focus rated the NFL’s top rated edge pass rushers, and Jerry Hughes of the Bills came in at number one on the list, ahead of bigger names like Robert Quinn, Aldon Smith and Cameron Wake.  Wow.

The Buffalo Bills locked up one half of their kicking duo last week by re-signing punter Brian Moorman. They’d like to do the same with the other half – kicker Dan Carpenter.  Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News has more.

Executive Director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl Phil Savage confirmed what Bob DiCesare first reported on Tuesday, that UB linebacking star Khalil Mack will not be participating in the Senior Bowl next month.  It’s probably a good move, as Mack is a near-lock to be high first-round pick.

We don’t have to have the debate about whether or not it’s best for the Sabres to win or lose on a given night.  At this point it would seem that both sides are firmly dug in.  If you want wins to build culture, then live it up.  If you want losses for the draft pick, take a look at what we have in store for you…behind pick #1. – Check out WGR’s Jeremy White’s look at the NHL draft’s five best prospects.…

Sabres Lose Thriller In Shootout, 4-3

SabresThe Buffalo Sabres went north of the border tonight and gave their rival Toronto Maple Leafs all they could handle. Their effort, however, didn’t quite result in what they wanted as the Leafs prevailed in a shootout, 4-3.

Ryan Miller was typically solid in net for Buffalo in making 36 saves to keep his team within the game throughout but was uncharacteristically bad in the shootout.  The NHL’s all-time leader in shootout victories came into tonight having stopped 25-of-31 shootout attempts but allowed all three Leafs to score.

Still, the clearly improving Sabres earned at least one point for the 10th time in their last 15 games and perhaps more exciting for fans, offered an action- packed exciting evening of hockey for the second time in 24 hours.

Matt Ellis, Matt Moulson and Cody Hodgson scored goals for Buffalo. Hodgson’s goal tied the game for Buffalo in the opening minute of the third period and eventually forced overtime.  He has two goals and four points in three games since returning from injury and is starting to resemble the star management thought he’d be when signing him to a six-year, $25.5 million deal before the season started.

Defensemen Tyler Myers returned from his three-game suspension and played very well, logging 26:02 of ice time while notching an assist and breaking up several Toronto rushes and skating as fast as we’ve seen in quite some time.…

Buzzer Beater Leads Toledo Past UB

ubToledo guard Julius Brown sunk a jumper as time expired on Wednesday night, leading the Rockets to a 67-65 win over Buffalo, in front of 4,595 fans at Savage Arena.  The Bulls had led by as many as 13 in the opening half, but the Rockets were able to get back into the game, due in part to a noticeable discrepancy at the free throw line, 24-6.  The loss is UB’s first in conference play as it falls to 8-5 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.  Toledo improved to 14-2 on the season and 2-1 in conference.  The Rockets remained perfect at home, but tonight was its smallest margin of victory in a game at Savage Arena.

The Bulls held an early seven-point lead in the second half, but after a quick Toledo run, neither team led by more than two possessions for the remainder of the night.  The Bulls fought off three two-point deficits over the final minute of play, including a layup from freshman Shannon Evanswith just 2.7 seconds left to tie the game up at 65-65.  Following a Rocket timeout, Toledo threw the ball the length of the court and into the hands of Nathan Boothe, who found Brown for the game-winning jumper.

UB had its opportunities in the second half, leading 58-57 with 4:16 left.  Neither team found the scoring column for nearly two minutes, but then Toledo regained the lead as UB senior Javon McCrea was unable to hold on to a defensive rebound as a Rocket defender caught him in the eye.  Toledo’s Jordan Lauf was able to lay it in for the easy two and Toledo either led or the game was tied for the remainder of the contest.…