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Fairley, Ponder, OLB Houston Visiting Bills

The Bills hosted a trio of top draft prospects on Thursday according to Chris Brown of

Auburn defensive lineman Nick Fairley, Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder and Georgia OLB Justin Houston were all at the team’s facility Thursday morning.

Buffalo’s personnel department was well represented at Fairley’s pro day on March 8th with a contingent that included Bills GM Buddy Nix. The SEC Defensive Player of the Year had a school record 24 tackles for loss in 2010 along with 11.5 sacks to lead the conference.

Perhaps no prospect has as much history as Christian Ponder does with Bills head coach Chan Gailey. The Florida State signal caller has known Gailey since high school.

“We had a prior relationship,” said Ponder. “When he was the coach at Georgia Tech they recruited me pretty hard and they were probably my second choice next to Florida State. I actually had a good relationship with (Bills offensive coordinator/running backs) Coach (Curtis) Modkins. He was the guy that recruited me personally. It was good to work with them at the Senior Bowl and was a pretty unique situation.”

Ponder had a private workout with the Minnesota Vikings in Tallahassee on Tuesday. He’s been projected to come off the board either late in round one or early in round two.

Georgia’s Justin Houston was right behind Fairley in the SEC, finishing second in sacks with 10 to go along with 44 quarterback hurries and 18.5 tackles for loss. He also was the beneficiary of a defensive scheme switch by the Georgia staff.

He’s been forecast as a mid to late first round pick.

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