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Buffalo Bills News - April 20, 2002

Marker Josh Reed's thoughts leading up to Draft Day. [9:08 PM]
nfl.com reports: If I don't get picked in the first round, it wouldn't be really disappointing. Everyone hopes to go in the first round, but regardless, you try to make the most of it when you do get in the program and just try to build on that.

Marker 2002 2nd Round (36th overall) Josh Reed - Wide Receiver [6:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'One of the most decorated players in school history...Has virtually re-written the LSU and SEC record books for receiving...'.'

Marker Bills select LSU WR Reed with 36th pick in NFL draft [6:42 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Josh Reed of Louisiana State won the Biletnikoff Award as the best college receiver in the nation, but four other players at his position went before him in Saturday's NFL draft.'

Marker NFL Draft has Reed waiting, wondering [6:37 PM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: 'Reed, LSU's All-America and record-setting receiver last season, has been projected as the third-best receiver in the draft, according to NFL analyst Joel Buchsbaum...Reed's wait Saturday isn't expected to be long either. Reed is projected to be called late in the first or early in the second round.'

Marker Curtis Alexander and Galaxy defense defeat Dragons (54-14) [4:42 PM]
Frankfirt Galaxy web site reports: Curtis Alexander (# 22): "I try to always play hard and give everything."
He had three TDs vs the Dragons. Galaxy are tied with Admirals with 2-0 lead in NFL Europe.

Marker Tom Donahoe On Mike Williams [4:29 PM]
BuffalBills.com reports: What we liked is that we felt going into the off-season our biggest priority was the offensive line. We have to get better there and we have to upgrade, we feel we've made a couple of moves in free agency to add to the mix and with our first round pick we've really improved the competition and the quality of our offensive line. We like Mike's attitude, toughness, tenacity and he was a defensive lineman so he plays offensive lineman like a defensive guy.

Marker Conference Call With OT Mike Williams [4:29 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: I had no idea what to expect. I just said look, if they draft me I'm going to be happy, if they don't I'm going to be happy. Then I get down here to NY and everyone is like you are going to Buffalo, you are going to Buffalo. I just said well if that's true then I'm going to be so happy! If not, then I'm going to be kind of disappointed. I had set a goal that I wanted to be the first offensive tackle taken and I wanted to go as high as I can and be the best that I can.

Marker Quinn has not been touch with Bills either [3:17 PM]
WGR reports: @ Quinn is being considered for backup for Colts; he has not been contacted recently by the team, at least a week.

Marker Bills select tackle Mike Williams fourth overall [3:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams can play both right and left tackle, and is expected to compete for the starting job to replace veteran John Fina. Such a move would allow the Bills to move newly-acquired free agent lineman Trey Teague to center.'

Marker Peter King - Donahoe fooled no one [2:49 PM]
CNN/SI reports: @ I think I still think Bryant McKinnie will be a better NFL player than Mike Williams, though the Bills got themselves a heck of a player.

I think the reason there haven't been trades in the top five is simple: The teams got married to the players they wanted.

Take the Bills. Tom Donahoe said on ESPN that he never got a call during his time on the clock at No.4 and that's because everyone in the league knew he was sold on Mike Williams and because he couldn't work out the impossible deal with the Raiders that surfaced late in the week. Same with San Diego and Quentin Jammer.

Marker Trade Rumor with Dallas never came through - Dallas never called [2:43 PM]
CNN/SI reports: @ The Cowboys also were said to be entertaining a flop with No. 4 Buffalo if the No. 3 Lions select Joey Harrington. Concerned that the Chargers at No. 5 might take Jammer ahead of them, Dallas would take Jammer at No. 4, and Buffalo would go with North Carolina DT Ryan Sims in the sixth spot.

Marker Bills select Texas OT Williams with 4th pick in NFL draft [2:39 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Williams just turned 21 in November, but has plenty of experience playing in big games for the Longhorns. He has been compared favorably to former teammate Leonard Davis of the Arizona Cardinals, the second overall pick in the 2001 draft.'

Marker Mock Draft Comparision [2:36 PM]
ESPN reports: @ ESPN compares three mock drafts posted on their site; Kiper got it wrong regarding Buffalo.
PFW (4/20), Mike Williams
Kiper (4/19), Ryan Sims
ESPN.com (4/17), Mike Williams

Marker Mel Kiper on selection of Mike Williams [2:15 PM]
ESPN reports: I had Williams rated ahead of Bryant McKinnie after the knee injury wasn't viewed as a concern. He could step in at either right or left tackle. At Texas, he protected the blind side of Chris Sims at right tackle, but he has prior experience at left tackle. He is a great pass blocker and is exceptional at sustaining blocks as a run blocker. He is nimble at 375 pounds, often getting downfield to help spring running backs for large gains. He has enough polish to step in and be an immediate starter and anchor on the Bills' offensive line.

Marker Mike Williams Unanimous Choice - no trade considered [1:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills kept the fourth pick overall in Saturday's NFL Draft and selected offensive tackle Mike Williams from Texas.

"We didn't receive a phone call while we were on the clock," Donahoe said. "It wouldn't have mattered anyway because we were unanimous in the choice of this young man."

Donahoe believes Williams is an outstanding prospect and talked about upgrading the team's offensive line problems this offseason

Marker Larry Felser has been wrong before .. and is wrong again [1:39 PM]
Empire reports: @ "Conventional wisdom is that the top pick should be an offensive tackle. It won?t happen." Looks like Larry is not as connected as he used to be.

Marker Donahoe says "Stay tuned...." [1:02 PM]
TBD reports: In a post 1st round selection interview, GM Tom Donahoe, responded to a question about a trade for Drew Bledsoe with "Stay tuned....". So, we shall Mr. Donahoe.

Marker Post your reaction to the Mike Williams on the Stadium Wall! [12:53 PM]
TBD reports: Let everyone know your opinion on the Bills 1st round draft pick!

Marker Round 1: OT Mike Williams [12:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: MIKE WILLIAMS - Offensive Line
University of Texas Longhorns

Has quick movement ability coming out of his stance, showing nimble feet and good hand rise & explosion…Hits defenders instantly coming off the ball, delivering power behind his arm swipes… Gains position and sustains blocks with a wide leg base and arms extended…Has the leg drive to steer and block the defender…Shows very good knee bend for a player his size… Shows the agility to pull and accelerate at the point of attack… Uses his hands properly to turn the defender and makes smooth adjustments in space to cut off and wall off the linebackers…Very quick to set and extend his hands, delivering a forceful punch and jab on the pass rusher…Has the lateral slide needed to recover when changing direction… Competes and works hard in the weight room…Works well with the offensive guard in picking up stunts with ease…Shuffles his feet well setting up in pass protection…Physical, athletic and intelligent lineman who developed into one of the nation's premier offensive tackles in 2001…Dominating blocker who is light on his feet for his size…"The sky's the limit for Mike and he has a chance to be one of the great ones," offensive coordinator Greg Davis said…Moved into the starting lineup at right tackle in the later part of his sophomore year…Has allowed only two quarterback sacks in 28 career starts.

Marker Donahoe doesn't' blink - takes OT Mike Williams at #4 [12:49 PM]
NFL.com reports: Joey Harrington was taken by Detriot and shortly later Bills take Mike Williams despite multiple comments from naysayers on his assessement that Mike Williams was a better tackle.

Marker Bills Will Draw Top Card On Draft Day [12:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: New Acquisitions Give Buffalo Flexibility

Marker Join us in the TBD War Room! [11:35 AM]
TBD reports: Head on over to the TBD War Room and chat with your fellow Bills fans about the draft! Donahoe and company will surely give fans something to talk about!

Marker Bills' questions may be answered on draft day [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But one way or another, the Bills probably will have another quarterback on the roster by the end of the draft Sunday afternoon. "I'd say that's likely," Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker An eye for talent [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Scouting is not a math problem where you just add height, weight and speed and divide by the 40 time," Modrak said. "You have to blend it all together."'

Marker Drawing Up A Deal For Drew [6:39 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Do not be surprised if part of the on-going discussions include the Bills and Pats considering swapping first round picks, with New England moving to 4 and the Bills getting Bledsoe and moving down to 32.'

Marker Decision Day for Donahoe [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe has been holed up in his office at Ralph Wilson Stadium throughout this past week and probably hasn't seen the light of day, let alone felt the warmth of the sun.'

Marker Bills chances of dealing for Bledsoe fade [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills' chances of trading for New England QB Drew Bledsoe seem to be diminishing.'

Marker Bledsoe deal wouldn't top O.J. trade [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Two of the biggest quarterback acquisitions in Bills' history were Jack Kemp and Vince Ferragamo. One huge hit. One huge miss.'

Marker The best and the worst of Bills' drafts [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '1961 -- Bumper crop included three of the greatest offensive linemen in team history -- Hall of Fame guard Billy Shaw, tackle Stew Barber and center Al Bemiller.'

Marker Bills have greater needs than QB [5:25 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'There was also a need at left offensive tackle, where aging John Fina missed four starts last season due to injury.'

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