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Buffalo Bills News - April 27, 2003

Marker Guard Ben Sobieski Press Conference [3:19 PM] reports: "He's an athletic guy. He's one of four players who actually got some start time as a freshman. He had some unfortunate experience with some shoulder injuries, but he came back senior year. He split half time with a guy who was in there. I think he's remarkable. He's big guy and he can run a 4.9, which is tough to find those guys. He's a versatile guy. He came with very very strong recommendations, was said that he was probably the best athlete on the offensive line (at Iowa). I feel very strongly about the guy. He's a good pick."

Marker Guard Ben Sobieski Talks About Joining the Bills [3:19 PM] reports: "I feel great. I'm excited. It's a great organization and I'm just excited to get the chance."

Marker Fifth Round Draft Pick: G/T Ben Sobieski [3:18 PM] reports: Wide-bodied…Shows the leg drive to get movement in-line for the running game… Sinks his hips low and shuffles his feet well on the trap.

Marker Send A Bills E-Card [1:49 PM] reports: Select one featuring No. 1 Pick Willis McGahee

Marker To Show Live Draft Recap Show [1:41 PM] reports: WKBW Sports Director John Murphy will host the special with Bills President and GM Tom Donahoe as a live guest. Sunday, April 27 at 11:30 PM.

Marker WR Sam Aiken Press Conference [1:40 PM] reports: "He runs good routes. I'd say he and Josh (Reed) are about the same speed; he may be a step faster than Josh. He's a good run after the catch player. He'll be able to play two to three different positions because of his knowledge of the game."

Marker WR Sam Aiken Talks About Joining the Bills [1:40 PM] reports: "It's a great feeling. Playing with Moulds and Bledsoe, I can't ask for anything better."

Marker CB Terrance McGee Press Conference [1:39 PM] reports: "He was one of those guys who had a really good career. He came up in his senior year and was having a real good year. He had been a four-year starter there. One of the things that we really liked about him was his versatility. He was a corner and then he played some safety as well as a punt returner and a kickoff returner."

Marker CB Terrance McGee Talks About Joining the Bills [1:39 PM] reports: "This past season didn't really go as well as I had wanted it to because I was hurt a lot. I'm so used to playing corner but I played free safety which added a couple dimensions to my game. Through my career at Northwestern State I played well enough for an NFL team to recognize what I can do."

Marker Fifth Round Draft Pick: G/T Ben Sobieski [1:32 PM] reports: Wide-bodied…Shows the leg drive to get movement in-line for the running game… Sinks his hips low and shuffles his feet well on the trap…Has the balance and power to hit on the move, doing a nice job of taking down the linebackers in upfield blocking.

Marker Bills Draft WR Sam Aiken [12:52 PM] reports: Positives: Quick-twitch type with deceptive speed and good strength ... Has a very good knowledge of the offensive game plan ... Competitive enough to fight for extra yardage after the catch ... Shows functional acceleration off the line ... Runs crisp routes, going in and out of his breaks sharply ? Fluid in his stride ? Does a nice job of tracking the ball in and makes proper body adjustments going for the pigskin in traffic ... Has the natural hands needed to make all the catches ... Strong runner who is very tough to bring down in isolated coverage ... Makes a good effort as a blocker ... Quick to spot when the quarterback is in trouble, coming back to make the underneath catch ... Fearless over the middle, making the acrobatic catches seem routine ... Maintains body control, balance and agility when knifing through traffic.

Negatives: Lack of sustained quickness results in him being taken down from behind too often ... Does not explode coming out of his cuts, needing to gather before heading upfield ... Can catch the ball away from his body, but tends to lose concentration with the defender in front of him ... Appears sluggish on his initial burst and has to do a better job of using his hands to get a push off the defender to defeat the press.

Marker Fourth Round Draft Pick: WR Sam Aiken [12:50 PM] reports: Has deceptive speed and good strength and a very good knowledge of the offensive game plan…Competitive enough to fight for extra yardage after the catch.

Marker Fourth Round Draft Pick: CB Terrence McGee [11:54 AM] reports: Four-year starter who is regarded as not only a superb coverage defender, but also an excellent return specialist and a kick blocker … Saw brief action on offense during his career … Nicknamed "Turtle" for the way he wears his shoulder pads above his ears before dropping them on his shoulders at the last possible moment before practice.

Marker Bills take a chance on McGahee [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'McGahee's knee injury was so severe that he may not get on the field until 2004. And even then, will he be the same guy who shredded college defenses for 1,753 rushing yards last fall?'

Marker McGahee doesn't view himself as risk [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't think I'm a risk," he said. "(The Bills) don't think it's a risk because they took me. They've got a premier back and a great one at that."'

Marker Henry vows to brush off 'slap in the face' [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was shocked," Henry said Saturday night. "I really look at it like a slap in the face. You don't draft a running back in the first round to be a backup. Maybe they are trying to tell me something. I don't know. I'm at a loss for words."'

Marker Fearless Donahoe couldn't pass up bet [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And a year from now, it might turn out that Donahoe walked out with the shiniest toy in the store.'

Marker Fearless Bills wow draft [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: '“Our people feel the surgery was a success,” Donahoe said. “It was a good reconstruction, a solid surgery and Willis is way ahead of schedule on his rehab. But we’re not going to do anything to jeopardize this young man’s future because his future is our future.”'

Marker Top Bills choice delighted to be picked after gruesome injury [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '“I’m just happy to be in this situation. It was never guaranteed I’d be a top 5 pick (anyway). Things happen for a reason. I’m just happy to be here right now.”'

Marker Yes, Donahoe knows how to play this game [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'A stroke of genius? Or sheer lunacy? Time will tell.'

Marker Drafting of McGahee is a curiosity [5:36 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Unless, of course, the Bills already felt the pieces to their Super Bowl puzzle were in place. Or have a plan we don’t know about.'

Marker Bills draft Miami running back McGahee [5:35 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '"He's defied odds a lot of times in his life," coach Gregg Williams said.'

Marker McGahee a Bill [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"This was our opportunity to get one of the elite players in the draft," Bills general manager Tom Donahoe said after emerging from his team's draft-day war room. "We are prepared to wait. If he doesn't play this year, that's fine."'

Marker Bills take chance on McGahee; 3 other Canes go early [5:32 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The University of Miami once again dominated the first round of the NFL draft, with four players selected Saturday, including star running back Willis McGahee, taken 23rd by Buffalo.'

Marker McGahee's comeback unbelievable as talent [5:31 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Can you imagine a little thing like snow stopping someone who has beaten the odds McGahee has? I can't.'

Marker Agent used some tricks to make McGahee a first-rounder [5:30 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Did any of this sway Buffalo into grabbing McGahee with the 23rd pick, a position not even mentioned weeks ago? Buffalo never checked McGahee's knee beyond the two NFL-scheduled dates. Never had a personal workout. Never called his doctor, his physical therapist or Rosenhaus. Maybe it was playing a silent game of its own. Or maybe in a stage full of stooges, it just became the final one.'

Marker Bills sold on McGahee [5:29 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Before long, McGahee is back to being the tough guy. He's wearing a Buffalo Bills cap, but it's twisted sideways. He has a smile for the ESPN cameras, but a warning, too. "You should ask the Dolphins if they're worried about that," McGahee says when asked about playing his hometown team twice a year. "They ain't going to be too happy. It's bad news, too, for everybody else that didn't pick me."'

Marker Kelsay goes to Bills in second round [5:28 AM]
Lincoln Journal Star reports: 'Buffalo head coach Gregg Williams said he was excited about getting Kelsay. "When he hits the ground here Thursday his motor will be running," he said. "He's a high-energy player. He'll jump on grenades from sideline to sideline. He lays his body on the line and he fits into the style and kind of player that we want here with that relentless attidude."'

Marker Crowell, McMullen picked in third round [5:27 AM]
Charlottesville Daily Progress reports: 'Crowell was picked by the Buffalo Bills with the 94th overall selection at about 8:45 p.m., with McMullen going to the Philadelphia Eagles moments later. Neither player was available to comment late Saturday, but it was surely a day of high anxiety for both of them. The draft began at noon and the third round ended shortly after 9 p.m. with 97 players picked. The final four rounds will be held today.'

Marker Bills take a chance on McGahee's knee [5:26 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"I'm not one to sit on the bench and watch others run the ball, but I'm willing to do whatever they want," he said. "I expect to play, but it's up to the coaches."'

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