- Associated Press - Saturday, May 10, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Bills president Russ Brandon had only one regret when assessing the series of bold moves and big splashes Buffalo pulled off during the NFL draft.

Pausing briefly to gather his emotions after the final round was completed Saturday, Brandon wished Ralph Wilson, the team’s founder and owner, could have been around to enjoy it.

“I thought about him a lot as we led up to it. He would have loved the last three days,” Brandon said, referring to the Hall of Fame owner who died in March. “He loved to wheel and deal.”

The Bills did plenty of that over the past three days.

The trading began on Thursday, when Buffalo moved up five spots to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 pick. And the Bills weren’t done dealing until Saturday, when they acquired running back Bryce Brown in a trade with Philadelphia, and then swapped draft picks in a deal with Tampa Bay.

Add in the deal on Friday that sent receiver Stevie Johnson to San Francisco, and the Bills completed five trades involving a combined seven picks and two players in Doug Whaley’s first draft since taking over as general manager.

Whaley wasn’t making any promises that every draft weekend in Buffalo would feature such drama. But he wasn’t shying away from the “win-now” approach he took in a bid to transform a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in 14 years - the NFL’s longest active drought.

“I can’t say it’s always going to be like this, but I will say, I will not be afraid to be aggressive and bold,” Whaley said. “I anticipate doing everything in our power to make this team better, and make this team a playoff team.”

Whaley particularly delivered on his pre-draft objective to spur the development of quarterback EJ Manuel by surrounding him with more talent entering his second season.

Buffalo used four of its seven picks on offensive players, including two of their final four picks on Saturday to select big-bodied lineman.

Baylor guard Cyril Richardson, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 343 pounds, was selected with the 153rd pick. And the Bills took a calculated risk on drafting Miami offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson with their final selection, 237th overall.

Henderson, who is listed at 6-7 and 331 pounds, raised attention at the NFL combine by acknowledging his college suspensions were related to marijuana use. Henderson started 26 of 43 games for the Hurricanes, and at one point was projected to having first-round potential.

“I’ve been putting it behind me,” Henderson said. “I want to move on and become a professional and work hard and be a Buffalo Bill.”

Whaley defended the selection by saying everyone deserves a second chance.

And yet, he acknowledged that one more chance is all Henderson will get.

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