Expectations high as Bills prepare for NFL Draft

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- After two years of essentially rebuilding the Buffalo Bills' roster from scratch, general manager Buddy Nix believes it's finally time his team started showing signs of being relevant.

It's no secret, Nix says, that he expects the Bills to be competitive and have a chance to end a 12-year playoff drought.

The high-priced splash of signing defensive end Mario Williams last month was a giant step. Next comes the NFL Draft, in which Nix is counting on the opportunity to add what he calls a "difference-maker" with the 10th overall pick Thursday.

Though Nix won't say which direction he's leaning, the Bills do have numerous needs that still require addressing, including left tackle, cornerback, receiver and even linebacker.

The Bills have 10 picks through the three-day draft.