NFL Draft RD 1 - Jeff Russo at OBD Blog

April 29, 2011 Updated Apr 29, 2011 at 8:52 PM EDT

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NFL Draft RD 1 - Jeff Russo at OBD Blog

April 29, 2011 Updated Apr 29, 2011 at 8:52 PM EDT

Orchard Park (Jeff Russo)

6:45 PM - Good Evening from One Bills Drive!! We are here in the media room getting ready for the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
So who's it going to be at number 3?? Few outside of Bills GM Buddy Nix and company know for sure, but the speculation and buzz continue with the draft less then 2 hours away. The Bills have to hit a homerun tonight.. and my thoughts are that they have too many needs on Defense to select a QB at three.,and too many prospects that could immediately help (Dareus/Miller)



Still Nix went well out of his way to say the Bills are in a "perfect position" this year to take a signal caller. I asked him during a recent sit-down interview if the Bills could afford to take a QB. "We are going to be criticized no matter where we go.That doesn't bother me." said Nix. ' I think we are in a position that if a franchise QB is there, in our estimation we are in a perfect position to take one." So is there a franchise guy there?? "I think there are probably two there... yes", said Nix.



If Cam Newton is there at 3. the popular opinion is that the Bills will take him. What about Blaine Gabbert?? We will see.



6:51 PM - Dinner served!! Pulled Pork and French Fries. Perfect Draft Meal?



7:26 PM - Been working with Shawn Stepner on the format of our Draft Recap Show tonight.. which airs at 11:30. Full reaction from Buddy Nix, and hopefully the newest member of the Buffalo Bills. Join Us.



7:37 PM - Top Prospects being introduced at Radio City Music Hall.
Marcell Dareus wearing a white suit.



7:38 PM - Chants of "We want Football" from fans in attendance at draft. Commissioner Roger Goodell says "I hear you".



8:01 Here we go



8:04 PM Roger Goodell welcomes Fans to the draft.. Officially opens the draft to boos from the crowd.



8:06 PM Pick is in.Carolina Panthers select Auburn QB Cam Newton.
Bills two picks away. Next pick is big.



8:11 PM Denver Broncos up... appears Von Miller is the pick.. he's on the phone with the Broncos on the clock.



8:13 PM Miller the pick.. Bills on the clock



8:16 PM Commercial Break right on cue.. hahaha.



8:19 PM The Bills select Alabama Defensive End Marcell Dareus with the third overall selection filling a big need. Love the pick. So do the Bills. Bills GM Buddy Nix said in his post pick comments "It's like Christmas. Opening a present"



9:11 PM The Bills love his versatility, size and speed. Darus is listed at 6-foot-3, 320 pounds and should instantly upgrade a Bills run defense that ranked dead last against the run in 2010.



See you on the post draft special at 11:30