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Buffalo Bills News - April 28, 2003

Marker Bills' brain trust cool, and focused [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo’s receivers coach, Fred Graves, compared Aiken to the Bills’ second-round choice of a year ago, Josh Reed, in that he has similar speed and run-after-catch attributes.'

Marker McGahee or Henry? It's trouble [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'We all know there’s only one football. Let the new soap opera begin.'

Marker Bills say agent had no say on their plan [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills claimed they were hardly duped. “I’ve known Drew Rosenhaus for 20 years,” GM Tom Donahoe said. “Drew does a great job for his clients. But as good as Drew does his job as an agent, he doesn’t do our job. There’s nothing that he said that had any influence on our decision. We made our decision based on the ability of Willis McGahee and the medical information that we had.”'

Marker MSU fullback Griffith heads list of Mississippi draftees [5:17 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'Haggan also went to a team in need. The Bills spent the offseason reshaping one of the league's worst defenses. "It's a great situation for me to go in there and make a name for myself," Haggan said. "If I can't play (at linebacker) this year, then I'll play on special teams. I just want to help them any way I can."'

Marker Former UTEP deep snapper signed by Bills [5:16 AM]
El Paso Times reports: 'Dorenbos, 22, guaranteed by the Bills to be the only deep snapper in camp, is expected to report to a mini-camp in Buffalo today.'

Marker McGee latest Demon to have named called [5:15 AM]
Alexandria Town Talk reports: '"One of the things we really liked about him was his versatility," said Buffalo college scout Joe Haering. "He has good speed so he can be a cover man on kickoffs and punts. He can also return them, and he has the ability to play two positions between safety and corner."'

Marker State prospects fare well on draft's second day [5:14 AM]
Shreveport Times reports: 'McGee said he expects to earn playing time in Buffalo's nickel package. The Bills were successful turning last year's third-round pick, Stanford's Coy Wire, into a starter in his rookie season. "I went up there for a workout and saw they had a really good secondary," McGee said. "Plus, I'm familiar with (wide receivers) Josh Reed and Eric Moulds."'

Marker Area stars finally get the call [5:13 AM]
Raleigh News and Observer reports: 'Aiken led the Tar Heels with 68 catches for 990 yards, but his 4.62 time in the 40 might have caused him to fall to the fourth round. He was the 15th wide receiver drafted. "[The Bills] told me my work ethic and my character is what drew them to me," Aiken said.'

Marker Aiken, Holt go on second day of NFL draft [5:12 AM]
Durham Herald Sun reports: 'Sunday also saw three area players selected. North Carolina wideout Sam Aiken became the first area player chosen in the draft, going to Buffalo in the fourth round (127th overall). Ten picks later, Detroit picked N.C. State safety Terrence Holt in the fifth round. Another Wolfpack player, offensive tackle Scott Kooistra, went in the seventh round to Cincinnati (215th).'

Marker Aiken finally gets his call [5:11 AM]
Durham Herald Sun reports: 'Aiken had been talking to his grandmother when the call was disconnected. When the phone rang again, he thought it was her. "That phone call wasn’t her, it was the Buffalo Bills," Aiken said. "I was very excited. It’s a dream come true."'

Marker Pagel, Sobieski go on Day 2 of draft [5:10 AM]
Iowa City Press Citizen reports: '"I must have talked with about 10 guys that are with the Bills and they mentioned the cold weather," Sobieski said. "I just told them, 'Hey, I'm from Minnesota. I don't really have to worry about it.'''

Marker Two more Wildcats chosen on second day [5:09 AM]
Arizona Daily Star reports: 'Johnson is headed to the Buffalo Bills after signing a free-agent deal late Sunday. "I'm the fourth quarterback on the roster now, so it looks like I'm going to get a decent shot," said Johnson, who also fielded offers from a handful of other teams, including Miami, St. Louis and Tennessee.'

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.

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