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Buffalo Bills News - April 28, 2003

Marker Bills coach can draft his explanation [5:08 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Give Buffalo thumbs-up for this pick. It's not going to be that much of a gamble.'

Marker In stunning move, Bills take a chance on McGahee [5:07 AM]
USA Today reports: 'McGahee has an insurance policy that will pay $2.5 million Jan. 3 if he plays in fewer than five games and decides his career is over.'

Marker McGahee's tears shed all the pain [5:06 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Know this. Few, if any, college players worked harder than Willis McGahee when he was healthy. None worked harder than when he was rehabbing.'

Marker WKBW-TV Draft Recap Show [12:49 AM] reports: Watch the WKBW-TV Eyewitness Sports special on the 68th Annual NFL Selection Meeting.

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April 27, 2003

Marker Donahoe, Williams & Modrak evaluate Buffalo's draft [8:12 PM] reports: '"We think that we drafted some players that add to our depth and add to our competition at positions. Hopefully we'll continue to find players that can make us better on special teams."'

Marker Bills make shock pick of day [8:03 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Was it a good pick? It's certainly a risky one, seeing that McGahee will be playing on artificial turf and in cold weather, something he didn't do at Miami. This one is a gamble on greatness as McGahee was considered a Top 5 pick before his injury. McGahee will likely sit out the 2003 season after undergoing ACL knee surgery, so his impact probably won't be seen until 2004.'

Marker Bills stock up on 'sleepers' in second day of draft [7:42 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills, who will hold a rookie minicamp next weekend, will complete stocking their roster with several undrafted free agents, which are expected to be announced on Monday.'

Marker Agent says he helped get McGahee into first round [7:40 PM]
AP reports: '''I didn't want it to make it look like our phones weren't ringing,'' Rosenhaus said Sunday. ''Willis and I had a little chat to create the perception that we weren't waiting for teams to call us.'''

Marker Terrence McGee is shufflin' off to Buffalo [4:52 PM] reports: Watching Terrence McGee set the NCAA Division I-AA career record for punt return average while starting four years in the Northwestern State secondary, Demons' fans who have seen their share of future pro football stars felt McGee was destined for the NFL.

Marker Live Press Conference [4:48 PM] reports: Draft Recap Press Conference: Listen LIVE now!

Marker NSU's McGee sees his stock rise [4:23 PM]
Shreveport Times reports: McGee is in a group of cornerbacks whom The Sporting News said "have the skills to develop into a starting nickel slot cornerback on the NFL," although not as good as highly rated first-round prospects Terence Newman of Kansas State, Marcus Trufant of Washington State and Andre Woolfolk of Oklahoma.

Marker Tar Heel Monthly: The Quiet Type [4:21 PM] reports: It's that package of characteristics that is likely to put Aiken among the best receivers eligible for the 2003 NFL Draft. The main question raised by scouts is his speed. That's because Aiken isn't particularly fast, at least in the stopwatch-crazy world of the NFL. His 40-yard dash has been timed at 4.5, which isn't plodding, but it's also not blazing. As teams have learned in recent years, however, games aren't won on a track, they're won by making plays. And if Aiken continues to make plays at the same rate that he did during the first month of the season, when he averaged over 20 yards per catch and 109 yards per game, he'll hear his name called early in the NFL Draft.

Marker Seventh Round Pick: LB Mario Haggan [4:21 PM] reports: Has a thick frame that can still add additional bulk in the upper body…Has the balance and lateral agility needed make plays working down the line…Reads, recognizes and reacts to the play with no hesitation, showing the natural instincts to jump the snap count and draw the blockers off-side.

Marker DL Lauvale Sape Talks About Joining the Bills [4:19 PM] reports: "This is shocking for me. I have wanted to play in the league for a long time and a lot of people didn't think I was going to get drafted. I am thankful to the Lord for giving me the opportunity to get drafted. I'm especially thankful I will be playing for the Buffalo Bills, it's a dream come true."

Marker Buffalo Bills Select Sam Aiken [4:14 PM]
TarHeel reports: '"He's in a situation where he can contribute right away," said Aiken's agent, Alvin Keels. "They run a lot of three-receiver sets and with Drew Bledsoe at quarterback it's a situation where he can flourish. If you don't go in the first round, then you just want to go to a team where you can flourish, and that's what happened for Sam."'

Marker McGahee's addition ruffles Henry's feathers [4:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Henry wasn't backing off on his feelings Sunday, but was a little more diplomatic after being reassured by the team that his job wasn't in jeopardy. ''When you see something like that immediately, you're going to react that way,'' Henry's agent, Greg Johnson, said. ''Immediately his natural reaction was, 'What's going on here? and I feel like it's a slap in the face because they don't need a running back at the first pick.''''

Marker DL Lauvale Sape Press Conference [3:48 PM] reports: "He's a fine football player. He's the type of player I want on the defensive line. A solid run defender, who rushes the passer, high motor and shows fantastic toughness on tape. It was the kind of guy I want. I was very lucky to get him."

Marker Sixth Round Draft Pick: DT Lauvale Sape [3:20 PM] reports: Powerful athlete who was a mainstay on the defensive line the last two years at nose guard… The partial qualifier received an additional year of eligibility in 2002 after graduating the previous spring… Finished with 88 tackles (41 solos), 6 sacks for minus-32 yards and 19 stops for losses of 65 yards while starting 14 of 35 games.

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.

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