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Lawson had feeling he could end up with Bills

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NFL executives and coaches couldn't be more secretive about which college prospects they like and what their draft plans are, so much so that they've been known to float some misinformation to cover their tracks.

Leave it to Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan -- affable and not exactly prone to conformity -- to depart from that. He was telling Shaq Lawson the Bills had their eye on him all along; Lawson just wasn't sure if he was kidding. Ryan's son Seth was a teammate of Lawson's at Clemson, so Ryan was a relatively familiar face for Lawson around the Clemson football building.

And hints were dropped, to be sure.

"I got to know Rex Ryan great," said Lawson after the Bills drafted him with the 20th overall pick Thursday night. "I felt like I was already part of the Buffalo Bills. That's how much I met Rex Ryan. He would crack jokes like, 'You ready to be a Buffalo Bill?' and I would sit there and smile."

Ryan, apparently, was dead serious.

Lawson, of course, couldn't be sure he would even be available by the time the Bills' first-round choice came around, but said he was waiting on the call once the Bills were on the clock. He had a feeling.

Perhaps all of us should have.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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