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Buffalo Bills News - April 27, 2003

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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April 26, 2003

Marker 2003 Draft: Day One Recap [11:19 PM] reports: "What were doing here is really the easy part. In free agency we've said repeatedly that we did a good job giving money away- that's not hard. Doing the draft isn't hard, it's fun, now the difficult part is that we have to put all of this together and it has to fit. There has to be the right chemistry. That's the big challenge. Things look good on paper but that doesn't really mean that much."

Marker LB Angelo Crowell Talks About Joining the Bills [11:19 PM] reports: "I feel great. It's a great opportunity. I get a chance to play football. I've accomplished one my goal, my dream. Something I've worked for my entire life. I have become a Buffalo Bill. That's great."

Marker Angelo Crowell [9:05 PM] reports: 'Has a muscular frame with good quickness and agility…Shows strength at the point of attack, taking on the lineman or fullback with aggression, using his hands well to shed… Smart athlete who calls defensive signals…Stays on his feet and knows how to avoid blocks while maintaining balance on the move.'

Marker To Show Live Draft Recap Show [9:04 PM] reports: \'Sunday, April 27 at 11:30 PM.\'

Marker Angelo Crowell [8:45 PM] reports: 'All-America candidate ... one of the top linebackers in the country … also a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top defensive player … joins Billy McMullen as one of Virginia’s 2002 co-captains ... a “does it all” type of player ... one of only two returning first- or second-team All-ACC linebackers this season.'

Marker RB Willis McGahee Talks About Joining Bills [8:42 PM] reports: 'They (the Bills) have a good team. They contended for the Super Bowl, but unfortunately things didn't go their way. They're going to be back on top. I just want to be a contributor to the team."'

Marker DE Chris Kelsay Press Conference [8:41 PM] reports: '"We like him a lot and we are glad that he was there for our second pick. We think that Chris is a very good athlete for a DE. He's going to bring some toughness to our team, which we are trying to get better at. He's intelligent and he plays the game with a lot of passion and that's also what we are trying to add to our team."'

Marker DE Chris Kelsay Talks About Joining Bills [8:40 PM] reports: '"I'm looking forward to it. I know they have a great offense and they are rebuilding the defense and picking up a few guys here and there. They are going to be in contention, and they have a lot of potential. I feel very honored to be a part of that and I'm looking forward for what's in store for our future. I was kinda caught off guard when they (the Bills) picked a running-back. But, I've talked to the Bills a couple times and their media has gotten a hold of me a couple times. So I thought that there was some interest and I feel very grateful that they drafted me."'

Marker McGahee’s out to prove skeptics wrong [7:45 PM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"I'm expecting to go in the first round," he said. "I know I'm not going to go the second pick like I was supposed to, but all the things I did and how hard I'm working, I should be back in the first round."'

Marker Everyone tells Jannie Jones that her son, Willis McGahee, lost $10... [7:44 PM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Everyone tells Jannie Jones that her son, Willis McGahee, lost $10 million the night Ohio State safety Will Allen pummeled him in the national championship game, leaving the University of Miami's greatest tailback with three torn knee ligaments and his NFL career in jeopardy.'

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.'

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Marker Preparing for the Draft: Part 1 [7:23 PM] 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] 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] 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] 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.'

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