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Buffalo Bills News - April 26, 2003

Marker Ex-Husker girds for wait of draft [7:37 PM]
Lincoln Journal Star reports: '“His quickness off the line of scrimmage is remarkable and at times, it seems as if he knows the snap count better than the offensive linemen,” said draft analyst Patrick Kerney.'

Marker Kelsay not believing the hype [7:36 PM]
Omaha World Herald reports: 'Kiper has him going to the 49ers with the 26th pick in the first round. Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News has him going to Denver with the 20th.'

Marker 2002 Season Highlights [7:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Watch highlights from the season.

Marker Preparing for the Draft: Part 1 [7:23 PM]
Huskers.com reports: 'I've been told I could be picked anywhere from the middle of the first round to the end of the first round.'

Marker Chris Kelsay Diary: Part II [7:23 PM]
Huskers.com reports: 'I have a pretty good idea what to expect at the Combine. I know it is not going to be a lot of fun. I'm planning on a tiresome, grueling three or four days. But I know how important it is. Right now I'm hearing I could go as high as the middle of the first round, but there is still a long time before the draft. Grant Wistrom went into the combine projected in the middle of the first round a few years ago, had a great combine and ended up being picked sixth.'

Marker Chris Kelsay Diary: Part III [7:22 PM]
Huskers.com reports: 'I interviewed with about 20 or 25 teams during the Combine and I had interviewed with about 10 at the Senior Bowl, so I think I've talked to all 32 teams. The interviews were much more organized than what I'd heard about in the past. They ran from 6 to 11 in the evening. Every morning you got a card with the time of your interviews. It listed the team, the room number and the time of the interview. The interviews could not last longer than 15 minutes, so everything was kept on a tight schedule.'

Marker Chris Kelsay Diary: Part IV [7:21 PM]
Huskers.com reports: 'I don’t have a real good feel yet for which team will end up taking me in the draft. The teams that have worked me out recently all seem very interested, but it is really hard to tell. One of the teams I felt most confident about (Kansas City), just signed a free agent defensive end, so you never can tell. My goal is just to get drafted as high as possible and play a role this season.'

Marker Chris Kelsay Diary: Part V [7:20 PM]
Huskers.com reports: 'Saturday morning, I’m hoping to sleep in a little bit, get up and eat a big meal and then just head to the couch and watch the draft like anyone else. Hopefully, I’ll hear my name called somewhere in the first round. I think every team gets 20 minutes for their pick in the first round, so it will be a long process.'

Marker Chris Kelsay Interview [7:03 PM]
About.com reports: 'Q: What kind of player/person will the NFL be getting in you? A: I would say they are getting a good person, smart, hard worker, and someone that will give his all to help his team win. Where ever I go I just to keep getting better as a player and strive to do the best job possible for that team.'

Marker Bills select DE Kelsay with 48th pick in draft [7:00 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'In his final collegiate season, Kelsay started every game at right end and collected a career-high 52 tackles. He also had 12 quarterback pressures and a forced fumble.'

Marker Second Round Draft Pick: DE Chris Kelsay [6:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Has good athleticism with above average speed, quickness, body control and change of direction agility for his position…Has explosive acceleration off the snap… Plays with proper knee bend and leverage, flashing the ability to jolt the offensive linemen coming on the pass rush.

Marker Bills Draft DE Chris Kelsay [6:33 PM]
NFL.com reports: Positives: Has good athleticism with above-average speed, quickness, body control and change-of-direction agility for his position. Has explosive acceleration off the snap. Plays with proper knee bend and leverage, flashing the ability to jolt the offensive linemen coming on the pass rush. Will flatten and squeeze vs. down blocks and fights pressure well on reach blocks. Shows good hand usage to keep blockers off him while maintaining separation. Aggressive hitter who will square up and wrap, bringing his hips properly to drive behind his hits. Consistently finds ways to bring the ball carriers down. Plays on his feet, using his hands effectively to protect his legs vs. low blocks. Has good back side chase quickness and a solid burst to get to the passer. Flips his hips properly and shows good rip-and-swim moves when bending the corner. Plays with all-out determination and effort. Displays good take-off quickness generating the pass rush. Adequate dropping off in pass coverage and will come off in a two-point stance in blitzing situations.

Negatives: Lacks the top-end speed to consistently beat blockers around the corner. Has very good pass rush instincts, but lacks the power to hold ground vs. run blocks directed right at him. Lets the blockers get into his chest too much when trying to move through the pile. Does not do an effective job handling low trash, struggling with agility to keep his feet moving when redirecting inside. Has good hand usage, except when engaging blockers (can't free up as he allows blockers to lock on to him). Does not have the leg drive to take on pulling offensive guards on the traps. Does a nice job of chasing down the ball when left unblocked on the back side, but when he has to defeat a blocker, he will generally lose that battle.

Marker Bills Fans Across America: Spotlight Wyoming [6:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalobills.com has been on a mission, searching for the best Bills fans across America. Over the course of the next few weeks we will be featuring the fans who have been selected to represent their respective state.

Marker RB Willis McGahee Press Conference [5:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "There are still good football players on the board. A lot of times people make the bad assumption that after the first round the draft is over. It's not over. We have a long way to go with six more picks, college free agents and there are a lot of things that our team will be able to address. This is the opportunity for our football team to get a football player that we think was one of the elite players in the draft."

Marker Bills take Miami's McGahee with No. 23 pick [5:45 PM]
D and C reports: '``They caught me off guard with the pick, but I’m very happy,’’ McGahee said. ``It was never guaranteed that I would be a Top 5 pick so I never took it and ran with it.’’'

Marker What Bills say about McGahee [5:42 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The reality is that our medical people, who do a great job, have thoroughly looked at the situation.'

Marker In stunning move, Bills take a chance on McGahee [4:39 PM]
AP reports: 'It's uncertain whether he'll play next season. ''We'll play it by ear,'' said Bills president Tom Donahoe. ''We're prepared. If he can't play this year, we're fine.'''

Marker ESPN shadowing McGahee's every move [4:25 PM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'ESPN's Jeremy Schaap has been on the Willis McGahee case for the past three days. Schaap, who is working on a piece on the former Miami running back for Outside The Lines (Sunday at 9:30 a.m.), met McGahee in New York for a full day of activities Thursday, followed him to Miami on Friday and will shadow him again during the NFL Draft today. McGahee, who is coming back from a knee injury, is the most interesting story in this year's draft and ESPN is all over it.'

Marker First Round Draft Pick: RB Willis McGahee [4:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Has good upper body muscle development…More quick than fast, but can make cuts at the holes and has the hip swerve needed to avoid defenders slashing through traffic.

Marker Bills select RB McGahee with 23rd selection [3:56 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'In one of the most eagerly anticipated selections of the NFL draft, the Bills used the 23rd selection on McGahee, the star running back from Miami who tore up his knee in the Hurricanes' Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State.'

Marker Bills Draft RB Willis McGahee [3:29 PM]
NFL.com reports: Positives: Has good upper-body muscle development. More quick than fast, but can make cuts at the holes and has the hip swerve needed to avoid defenders slashing through traffic. Instinctive runner who sets up and uses his blocks well. Very creative and strong inside runner who plays at a low pad level, carrying defenders on contact and breaking arm tackles consistently. Has an above-average short burst to cut back or bounce outside and the acceleration to run away from defenders. Will usually improvise and create when the hole is clogged. Shows good ball security and will cut sharply while finding a way to get open on pass routes.

Negatives: Not asked to block and needs work on his technique, as he will overextend and lunge when trying to cut-block in pass protection. Can set up a defender, but seems to struggle a bit running in space. Used mainly on flares and screens and needs some pass-route refinement, but his hands appear natural.

Marker Bills Wait For Turn [12:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Last year's first round was the longest in NFL History at 5 hours 48 minutes, an average of one pick every 11 minutes or so. At that same pace, this year's 23rd overall pick would come at about 4:10 PM. Buffalo's second round pick (48th overall) is projected to take place at 7:25 PM.

Marker 2003 Bills Draft Central [9:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Be sure to check out Buffalobills.com's up-to-the-minute coverage of this weekend's NFL Draft. Presented by Tops Friendly Markets, the online Draft Central will provide complete player biographical information on each of Buffalo’s draft picks as well as live audio and video of the post-pick press conferences with President/General Manager Tom Donahoe, Head Coach Gregg Williams and other key team personnel.

Marker Inside Look At The Draft [9:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Anytime you look at your football team you are trying to add quality big people. It's a game of big people and if we can add some to either side of the ball we are going to try to do that. We need depth on our team at several positions. We could still use some depth in the secondary, at wide receiver and at running back so there's probably not any area of the football team that we can look at say we probably won't look at anyone there. We are going to look at everything. Based on who is there we are going to try to make intelligent decision that will help our team." - Tom Donahoe

Marker Buffalo's All-Time First Round Draft Picks [9:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Here's a look at Buffalo's All-Time First Round Draft Picks

Marker Bills must wait in line for draft bandwagon - [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: Teams that might be willing to move down to the Bills' 23rd spot are New Orleans, which has the 17th and 18th picks, and Cleveland, at No. 21. New Orleans, however, would prefer to move up than down.

Marker Roll of the dice [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The worst pick...Walt Patulski...'

Marker The Bills Draft: 1967-2002 [9:09 AM]
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Marker Buffalo is on the clock [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'Only one thing is known: because of 11 free-agent signings in the offseason, “The Toms” -- Donahoe and assistant Tom Modrak -- can concentrate on taking the best available player and really mean it.'

Marker Faine could be Bills' center of attention [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'What would be wrong with selecting a player who might start at center for a decade or so? If Faine is the pick, the Bills would be hoping he contributes more than most of the team’s Notre Dame draft picks so far.'

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