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Buffalo Bills News - April 21, 2002

Marker 7th Round pick - part 2: WR Rodney Wright [5:50 PM]
NFL.com reports: College: Fresno State Height: 5-8 Weight: 175
Crisp route runner with an explosive burst off the line ? Can transition quickly, showing a fluid change of direction ? Fearless in a crowd and has the acceleration needed to defeat defenders racing down the sidelines.

Marker Post Pick Press Conference On OG Mike Pucillo [5:47 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: [NOTE: writer is slightly confused or in a hurry - they list him as a 6th round pick]
Q: Do you like him as center?
A: We thought that he had the ability to play center. We took him as a guard; at least what we valued the most was him at a guard. He's a smart kid and has enough athletic ability to add to that spot as maybe a backup or a second at the position. As you know in the NFL especially in the NFL the more positions you can play and the more flexible you are the better. The more things you can do to be the utility guy, especially when you dress 8 guys, you have to have someone who can play at center as well in this league.

Marker Bills aquire Bledsoe in Trade with New England [5:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has acquired quarterback DREW BLEDSOE from the New England Patriots in exchange for a first-round pick in 2003

Marker Mike Pucillo picked by Bills [4:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Started every game at right offensive guard... Earned Tiger Offensive Player of the Week honors vs. Mississippi and Florida... Graded 83.5% for blocking consistency and came up with 71 key blocks for an offense that generated 3947 yards, an average of 358.8 yards per game.

Marker 7th Round Pick: OG Mike Pucillo [4:29 PM]
NFL.com reports: College: Auburn Height: 6-4 Weight: 317
Intelligent lineman who compensates for a lack of an athletic physique with sound technical skills... Has effective linear speed... Shows good hand placement and takes excellent blocking angles with surprising quickness, despite his frame... Dominates defenders with his lateral agility, showing suddenness to reach and zone... Knows how to sink his hips to maintain balance... Shows good explosion coming off the snap

Marker Drew in blue [3:53 PM]
CNNSI reports: 'The Bills landed the best remaining available veteran quarterback, filling their most glaring need in a way that puts them in position to win now. And yes, they're going to enjoy telling Jeff Blake to take a barrel over Niagara Falls. '

Marker Marvin 'Kevin' Thomas picked by Bills. [3:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Cornerback for University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels. Four-year starter with a knack for making the big play...Good athlete with a quick burst off his backpedal...Very smooth in transition...'

Marker 6th Round Pick: CB Marvin 'Kevin' Thomas [2:42 PM]
NFL.com reports: College: UNLV, Height: 5-11 Weight: 180
Good athlete with a quick burst off his backpedal - Very smooth in transition - Is not afraid to battle for the ball - Shows superb jump ability going after the pass and has natural hands to make the interception - Athletic in the open field, driving with his legs and with arms extended to wrap and secure as a tackler - Very aware of his responsibilities in the zone - Makes proper reads and shows good field vision - Covers the short routes well, breaking on the ball quickly.

Marker Bills acquire QB Bledsoe from Patriots [2:17 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'After much speculation and several trade overtures, the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills reached an agreement Sunday to trade quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the Super Bowl champions' Web site reported. The Patriots will receive the Bills' first-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft for Bledsoe.'

Marker Fifth Round Pick: DT Justin Bannan [1:33 PM]
NFL.com reports: Defensive Tackle, Colorado, Height: 6-3 Weight: 300
Has thick muscle development in his arms and chest... Recognizes the plays and shows awareness getting to the ball... Holds his ground firmly at the point of attack and shows the power to stack... Uses his arms to defeat blocks... Wrap-up tackler with explosiveness behind his hits... Can control combo blocks with his hand punch... Has a sharp burst to close on the quarterback once he gets past the blocker... All-out effort type with good functional power.

Marker Bills Draft a Buffalo [1:31 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Justin Bannan, 6'3", 300 pounds DT for the Colorado Buffaloes. Profile linked.

Marker Art Shell on Williams pick [1:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: As the clock was ticking on this pick, my thought was, "I don't pass on those big tackles." With Williams and Miami's Bryant McKinnie still available, it was a no-brainer. Whatever happens with the Buffalo quarterback situation, the Bills have a big, athletic offensive tackle to anchor the line.

Marker It's Official: Bledsoe to Buffalo for 2003 1st Round Pick [12:55 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The New England Patroits website reports the deal is complete but the Bills appear to be working out some details directly with Bledsoe before they make it official.'

Marker Bledsoe to Bills for 2003 first-round pick [12:39 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The Patriots will receive the Bills' first-round choice in the 2003 draft. But the trade is conditional upon Bledsoe passing a physical, possibly as early as this week, and reporting to training camp in July. Failure to fulfill either of those conditions would void the trade. The sources said the trade has not been officially announced yet because Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who is very fond of Bledsoe, is attempting to reach him by phone to apprise him of the deal.'

Marker Bledsoe traded [12:26 PM]
New England Patriots reports: 'The Patriots will receive the Bills first round pick in the 2003 draft for Bledsoe.'

Marker Curtis Alexander led Galaxy over Dragons [12:06 PM]
AP reports: Curtis Alexander rushed for 192 yards and three scores, leading the Frankfurt Galaxy to a 54-14 victory over the FC Barcelona Dragons in NFL Europe on Saturday. Alexander, allocated from the Buffalo Bills, carried 23 times and scored on runs of 36, 1 and 16 yards.

Marker AP photo of Williams and Family. [11:59 AM]
AP reports: Mike Williams (holding Bills jersey), an offensive tackle from Texas, is joined on stage by family after being selected as the fourth pick overall in the first round by the Buffalo Bills of the 2002 NFL Draft in New York Saturday, April 20, 2002. The family members are unidentified.

Marker Bledsoe talks heat up [11:45 AM]
TBD reports: ESPN's Chris Mortenson reports that a deal to trade for Drew Bledsoe is more likely to happen today than not. The Bills have offered higher round selections, which now almost certainly includes a 1st rounder in 2003, and additional draft picks. The Patriots appear willing to acept the fact that none of these draft choices will be in this year's draft.

Marker Hold please ..... [11:34 AM]
AP reports: Mike Williams took a while to get to the podium after NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced the Buffalo Bills selected him with the fourth overall pick. Williams was on the phone. The 6-foot-5, 375-pound OT from Texas answered a call on his cell phone from Bills president and GM Tom Donahoe just before his name rang out. "I got called and all of the sudden I was like, "Oh man, what are they going to tell me?'" Williams said. "Tom Donahoe got on there and that's why I was a little late." Williams couldn't even remember what Donahoe said. "It was just ... I know it was a happy moment," Williams said with a big grin. "I think he said congratulations to me, the best I can remember."'

Marker buffalobills.com Virtual War Room [10:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Up to the minute updates on picks, comprehensive information on each pick including audio, video and transcripts of press conferences and draft pick conference calls.

Marker Bills Draft Day One Recap [10:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: We were pleased but like I said before this is just the first step. We want these young guys to come in and help us and we think that we’ve addressed some of our needs today. Hopefully tomorrow we can address a few more.

Marker Two major roadblocks [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams, the most talented lineman the Bills have acquired since they drafted Bruce Smith, represented the best player available. That was the theme of the day for the Bills.'

Marker Mammoth Williams brings nastiness to Bills' line [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When I get on the field, I like to punish people," said Williams, a former all-state defensive tackle at The Colony (Tex.) High School. "It feels great. You just grab him and you got him. You look in his eyes and he's like, "Oh please, let me go. I'll never do it again.' And I say, "Oh no, no. You're going down.'"'

Marker Bledsoe trade talks hit snag [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills conceivably could sweeten the offer of picks next year. But sources on both sides had maintained the best chance for a deal was before this year's draft.'

Marker Patience pays off for second-round pick Reed [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His forte is turning short catches into long gains. Nearly half of his total yards this season came after the catch.'

Marker Bills' picture looks brighter already [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, the Bills got better, but so have the teams they must hurdle in 2002.'

Marker Donahoe's 'stud' poker tactics land nation's best run blocker [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have drafted the best run blocker in America. Tailback Travis Henry has to be the happiest guy in town - along with Brown, who has a star quality tackle to play alongside, and with a personality to rival his own.'

Marker Bills fitness guru to weigh in at Lewiston obesity conference [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rusty Jones, the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, will be the keynote speaker at "Lighten Up, Niagara!" a daylong conference on obesity Thursday in the New York Power Authority building in Lewiston.'

Marker Business People [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills organization named Karen Marsch executive director of business development.'

Marker A Texas-sized tackle [5:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills chose Williams because they love his humongous yet agile 6-foot-5, 375-pound body and the mean streak that courses through his veins on every snap.'

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