Meeks is stalking, not waiting [1:48 AM]
Greenville News reports: '“Nothing was ever given to me,” Meeks said. “No five stars. No red carpet. No true freshman starting role. I always worked. So, coming into this same process, I was like, ‘Here we go again.’"'
Zack Chibane heads to Buffalo Bills for opportunity, chance to re-join Doug Marrone [1:47 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I was trying to be proactive," Chibane said. "Every time a pick was made, I was making notes. It kept my mind off things. It was a long day, sitting there from noon to 6:30. I want to burn them now."'
Smith, Morgan signed to deals [1:46 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"Obviously, he's got to make the team," said his agent, JR Rickert of Niskayuna. "But they're giving him a signing bonus. He's signing a contract. He's going to be on the 80-man roster and now he's going to have to try to make either the 53 (man regular-season roster) or make practice squad."'
Undrafted Tyler Bray, Da'Rick Rogers sign as free agents [1:45 AM]
Chattanooga Times Free Press reports: 'Projected as a fourth-round pick by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Rogers was All-SEC as a Tennessee sophomore in 2011, but failed drug tests and other disciplinary problems ultimately led to his dismissal. He caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for Tech.'
Da'Rick Rogers, Bills reach contract after NFL draft [1:44 AM]
USA Today reports: 'But Rogers was suspended before the start of this past season and later admitted it was due to repeatedly failing drug tests. (He was also arrested in 2010 and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following a brawl in a Knoxville bar. The charges were later dropped when Rogers completed 16 hours of community service.)'
Bills turn to defensive need on final draft day [1:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo selected safeties with back-to-back picks on Saturday, selecting Nevada's Michael 'Duke' Williams 105th overall and Clemson's Jonathan Meeks 143rd overall. The Bills had a need for help on the back end due to the departure of veteran safety George Wilson, who joined the Tennessee Titans, and the uncertain future of standout Jairus Byrd. Byrd, one of Buffalo's top defenders, is unsigned after receiving the franchise tag on March 1.'
Bills Go Safety in 4th and 5th Rounds; Kicker in the 6th [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Several off-the-field incidents marred Williams' college career including an arrest for underage possession of alcohol in 2009. Williams was also arrested in 2011 for driving with a suspended license and without insurance following a car accident.'
S Williams, Buffalo's first pick on Day 3 [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“He’s a kid that can play some corner if need be,” said Forsyth. “He has those type of skills. You can slide him inside in nickel as well as playing in the deep secondary. I think there are a lot of things you can do with this kid and his special teams value makes it even better.”'
Duke Williams: ''I was really versatile [at Nevada]'' [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It’s real competitive. These last couple years we’ve had some great football players come out, make an impact and contribute in the next level. These last couple years we had (Colin) Kaepernick , a lot of guys know him, we had James-Michael Johnson come in and make an impact. We have a lot of talent up there in Nevada.'
Bills double up at safety with Meeks in round 5 [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Yes, I think he can be a strong safety or free safety,” said Moody. “I think he has got good size and good range. He has got a good 40-time. I think he can be explosive. The thing is his stats are probably not as good as some other people because of the system that they played at Clemson this year. He was more of a free safety than the strong safety because the other safety did not run real well.”'
Jonathan Meeks: ''I just fell in love with the defense'' [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I met with them at the All-Star game and (Buddy) Nix came out there to watch practice. I had a pretty solid week out at the All-Star game and they expressed some interest in me. Then I took my visit up there and it was a very good visit. I had the chances to meet the coaches and Nix again and it was a very solid visit. They expressed a lot of interest in me and me as well, knowing that they are a great program to be a part of and a great organization. It was mutual respect of each other and they had a lot of interest in me.'
6th round K Hopkins another FSU alum [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Just having somebody who knows not only your work ethic, but your practice schedule, the way you like the ball held and also just off the field having friends and developing that community kind of outside of the locker room as well is going to help tremendously,” said Hopkins.'
Dustin Hopkins: ''I’m confident in what I can do'' [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Definitely going to be a change. I’ve kicked in some cold weather before in some of our games when we’ve traveled but never at home. It’s going to take adjusting to it but at the same time I think when you know how to kick, and you grow up doing it your whole life, you make a couple adjustments and you go with the flow. You don’t worry about things you can’t control like wind or the cold or whatever it may be. I’m confident in what I can do.'
Bills cap draft with TE-H-back Gragg [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Gragg (6’3” 244), who was limited to just five games his senior season with a knee injury, still finished his Razorbacks career with 72 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns.'
Chris Gragg: ''I knew I was the most explosive tight end'' [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I knew they needed a tight end. I had talked to them at the Combine and then my pro day. I knew they would need a tight end and I told them I could be there guy.'
Buddy Nix, Doug Marrone comment on Bills 2013 Draft [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'We did every bit of the work we could do on these guys and we did not ever decide to take him until we felt good about it. Duke was a younger guy. He had not had any sense. Most of it was like a lot of things bad judgment. I think one of them was underage possession of alcohol, beer. Anybody in here ever done that? (Laughs) So we tried not to make that a huge issue. The things about him, football means a lot to him. They brought him in. I have had this happen to me a hundred times in coaching and I know coach has. When you start to take something away from them that is important as football they straighten up. I think that is what they did with him. The last couple of years he has been a model citizen and a good player.'
Russ Brandon: ''I’m very pleased with what’s been done to date'' [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I’m certain that Buddy’s addressed that. Organizationally of course we’d love to have him back. We utilized the asset that was available to us with the franchise tag as you all know. It’s a priority for the organization and we hope to continue to work through the process with him and more importantly his agent, Eugene Parker, and we’ll keep conversations in a fluid process.'
Bills go for playmakers at receiver, linebacker [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have a glaring need for a starter opposite Stevie Johnson, and Woods has the college credentials to step into the first unit on opening day.'
Manuel feels kinship with Buffalo [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“It’s just been a very blessed relationship and one that I’ve cherished since the inception,” Smith said. “I had a long conversation with EJ, I think it was about a month or two ago, and he talked to me about the interest the Buffalo Bills had shown and I gave him my honest opinions about the fans – who I believe are the best fans in the National Football League."
Later-round picks seal a team’s fate [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You build a foundation with first-round picks. But you elevate the structure by nailing choices in the later rounds. Teams don’t make serious playoff runs without adding solid starters in the second and third rounds, and often later. In a salary cap league, those picks become what I call value players, allowing you to invest elsewhere in the roster.'
Buffalo Bills address needs in second, third rounds [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We feel real good about it,” Nix said after picking wide receiver Robert Woods of USC and linebacker Kiko Alonso of Oregon. “It fell good for us, and sometime it does. You can do all the preparation you want, but sometimes you have to have some luck when it comes to the draft.”'
Bills grab two receivers, linebacker on Day 2 [1:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Buffalo Bills had three huge needs in this draft. A quarterback. A reliable outside receiver. And a linebacker. By the 16th pick of Round 2 on Friday night at Radio City Music Hall, the Bills had filled all three.'
Manuel family strengthened by values, faith [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If you’re a man, he’ll call you sir, or Mr. so-and-so, and as he does so he’ll burn two holes through the back of your head by making eye contact. He’s polite as well as respectful -- and as articulate as he is thoughtful.'
FSU's first-round picks love their new homes [1:53 AM]
Tallahassee Democrat reports: '“There only needs to be one team that falls in love with you,” Manuel said. “I knew one of those teams (Buffalo, Philadelphia, Cleveland) would take a quarterback, and I’m just extremely elated I was taken 16th."'
USC receiver Robert Woods selected by Buffalo Bills [1:52 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'Last season, Coach Lane Kiffin shifted the focus to receiver Marqise Lee -- the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner -- and Woods caught 76 passes, 11 for touchdowns.'
USC's Woods to team with Manuel in Buffalo [1:52 AM]
Orange County Register reports: '"We've built a relationship, and now we can grow it even more," Woods said in a conference call with Buffalo reporters Friday. "I look forward to the opportunity to play with him. He comes from a winning program, and hopefully we can do great things at the next level."'
Kiko Alonso’s the latest Duck to hear his name called in the 2013 NFL Draft [1:51 AM]
Eugene Register Guard reports: 'Alonso was drafted earlier than any UO linebacker since Dave Wilcox went with the 29th selection in 1964 — the first pick in that year’s third round. At No. 3, Jordan was the highest UO defender ever drafted, as two of the team’s top three picks this year were on defense.'
Oregon Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso exceeds expectations [1:50 AM]
Portland Oregonian reports: 'Alonso was projected by most draft experts to be selected in the third or fourth round.'
Buffalo Bills take former Los Gatos star Kiko Alonso [1:49 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'But the former Los Gatos High star also has faced off-field issues, including being suspended for the entire 2010 season following an arrest for suspicion of DUI. He then was suspended for the 2011 opener after an arrest on burglary charges.'
Goodwin goes to Bills in 3rd round [1:48 AM]
Austin American Statesman reports: 'The Bills picked Goodwin, an Olympic long jumper, in the third round with the 78th overall choice. Although Goodwin was only a part-time starter during his career at UT, catching 120 career passes, he zoomed up the draft board as soon as he ran a 4.27-second, 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine two months ago.'
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