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Bills host TE Eric Ebron, RB Jeremy Hill, DE Scott Crichton on pre-draft visits


The Buffalo Bills continue to host draft prospects at their Orchard Park headquarters, announcing this afternoon that North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, LSU running back Jeremy Hill and Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton are in town today.

Ebron is a 6-foot-4, 250-pounder who ran a 4.6-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. The second-team All-American set an Atlantic Coast Conference single-season record with 973 receiving yards in 2013. He's expected to be the first tight end selected in May, and is in play for the Bills with the ninth overall pick, potentially even more so after the team addressed a need at wide receiver today by acquiring Buffalo native Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hill is a bigger back, at 6-1, 233 pounds. He ran for 1,401 yards for the Tigers in 2013, the second most in school history.

Crichton is a 6-3, 273-pounder who is leaving the Beavers with a year of eligibility remaining. He was a second-team All-Pac 12 Conference selection in 2013 after making nine sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss.

NFL teams are allowed up to 30 pre-draft visits with prospects from non-local schools. The Bills have so far hosted 10 prospects, with Ebron, Crichton and Hill joining Indiana WR Cody Latimer (April 1), Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas (April 1), LB Ryan Shazier (April 2), CB Bradley Roby (April 2), RB Lache Seastrunk (April 2),Clemson CB Bashaud Breeland (April 3) and Duke CB Ross Cockrell (April 3).

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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