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Buffalo Bills News - April 22, 2001

Marker Bills take chance on aggressive corner [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: '"I've coached so many guys who won't take a chance," Williams said. "That really irritates me. . . . guys who stand out there and cover grass. There are a lot of those kind of guys in the NFL. You got to want to make a play."'

Marker Bills hope NFL babies can make a big boom [5:31 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I don't think it's a secret we need depth. We're hurting for bodies in Buffalo. We have 12 picks in this draft and we intend to do the best job with each and every one of them."'

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April 21, 2001

Marker Bills take Tennessee RB Travis Henry with 58th pick [7:34 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'After splitting time with Jamal Lewis as a junior, Henry exploded for 1,314 yards and 11 touchdowns on 253 carries in 2000 and seems completely recovered from 1997 knee surgery.'

Marker Henry would love to prove doubters wrong ... again [7:09 PM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Henry will never be known for his speed, nor his explosiveness or even his size. His toughness and determination were what made him a nightmare to tackle in college.'

Marker Bills take TCU DE Aaron Schobel with 46th pick [6:28 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Schobel captured the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year award in 2000 despite playing with nagging injuries most of the season. The 6-3, 264-pounder collected 56 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks in his senior season.'

Marker Bills add 2nd-round pick, draft Clements in first round [6:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Clements was the first cornerback taken in the draft, and is considered a need for the Bills who were seeking a strong, speedy defender to cover the NFL's top wide receivers. It's an added bonus for Buffalo, seeking to revamp its porous special teams, that Clements was Ohio State's top punt returner and backup kick returner.'

Marker Bills take DB Nate Clements with 21st pick in draft [6:26 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'After undergoing foot surgery in January 2000, Clements had a solid final season for the Buckeyes, intercepting four passes and breaking up 13 others. The 5-11 Clements, who left school after his junior season, solidified his draft position with a strong showing at the combine.'

Marker Clements has his critics covered [3:23 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Brian DeLucia, publisher of NFLDigest.com, ranks Clements No. 1 among corners. One reason is Clements' brass, and his willingness to stand up "to anyone and he will muscle receivers," DeLucia said. "The only negative is that he will lose awareness of the ball at times downfield in man coverage and not be in position to make a play."'

Marker Bills wait as Falcons go for No. 1 [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whether a premier defensive lineman will fall to the Bills' 14th overall selection is one of many uncertainties in what shapes up as the most unpredictable, wide-open first rounds in recent years.'

Marker Bills feel the heat [6:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I've got great confidence in the coaches and Dwight and his staff, I promise you we will have an outstanding draft," Donahoe said. As Bills fans know, he's going to need it.'

Marker Redskins Release Veteran Centers [5:33 AM]
Washington Post reports: '[Donovan] Greer, 26, agreed to a three-year contact with a $400,000 signing bonus and a salary around $448,000, the minimum for a four-year player. He gives the Redskins depth at cornerback behind Champ Bailey, Deion Sanders and Darrell Green.'

Marker Draft needed to fill Bills [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'The NFL Draft has arrived, and not since the early days of the Bill Polian Era when the Bills were trying to regain their pulse after back-to-back 2-14 seasons has a draft been this meaningful to the future of the Bills.'

Marker Levy had draft day studs and duds [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"Mr. Wilson would make suggestions, but he never told us who to take," he said. "If he had been impressed with someone he had seen in a televised college game, we would brief him thoroughly on that player. He was open-minded. He understood that the draft is a risky proposition."'

Marker Join TBD in the Chat Room all weekend! [1:54 AM]
TBD reports: Join TBD and the posters at the Stadium Wall in our chat room all weekend long. Talk about the Bills selections - where they went wrong and what they did right!

Marker Redskins sign free agent Donovan Greer [1:50 AM]
AP reports: 'The Redskins also signed free agent Donovan Greer, a nickel back with the Buffalo Bills the past three seasons.'

Marker DRAFT ANALYSIS: OFFENSIVE CENTER [1:31 AM]
TBD reports: 'Center is the most stable off-season position in the game of football. The 2001 off-season is no exception. There are likely only two teams in the NFL going into the draft with a major need at the position. Free agency could very easily reduce this to just one.'

April 20, 2001

Marker Donahoe ready for first draft with Bills [8:33 PM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'He arrives at work before 6 every morning and never goes home before 10 that night.'

Marker Bills sign free agent for O-line [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Farris was a consensus first-team All-America and All-Pacific 10 Conference as a senior at UCLA in 1999. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native also won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top lineman.'

April 19, 2001

Marker Buffalo Bills sign Kris Farris [8:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Farris was Pittsburgh's third-round draft pick in 1999 but missed the entire season with a broken foot. He was obtained on waivers by the Bengals in August only to be waived a day later.'

Marker Donahoe's first 100 days with Bills have been a blast [8:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Friday marks Donahoe's 100th day on the job. Despite the challenges he's faced, and on the eve of his first NFL draft at the helm, Donahoe is having the time of his life. "We kind of hit the ground sprinting, and it hasn't stopped. But it's been a lot of fun," Donahoe said. "I've never looked at it as a job. I feel rejuvenated."'

Marker Bills agree to terms with tackle Kris Farris [5:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with free agent offensive tackle Kris Farris. Farris (6-8, 322) entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1999 out of UCLA. He spent the entire 1999 season on injured reserve due to a stress fracture in his foot and also missed the entire 2000 season.'

Marker ESPN.com's mock draft: first round [12:53 PM]
ESPN reports: NFL mock draft, conducted by John Clayton, Greg Garber, Chris Mortensen, Mel Kiper, ESPN coordinating producer Howie Schwab, ESPN.com AFC columnist Mark Cannizzaro, ESPN.com NFC columnist Tom Oates, and ESPN.com NFL editors Joe Lago and Peter Lawrence-Riddell. Cannizaro has the Bills taking Miami's Damione Lewis at 14, "a guy the Jets love." Cannizaro covers the Jets for a NY paper; why would he think the Bills would love him too?

Marker Dolphins sign free agent T Marcus Spriggs [12:52 PM]
AP reports: "With free agent left tackle Richmond Webb in limbo, the Miami Dolphins plucked tackle Marcus Spriggs from AFC East rival Buffalo. Spriggs signed a two-year contract on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed."

Marker Trading down might be teams' best option [12:46 PM]
ESPN reports: "Normally, the thought of trading out of the top five of the draft is shameful. Trading down usually was a sellout. Though draftees are paid in accordance to their selection, what might be good for the budget may not be good for the personnel."

Marker Kiper: Risers, fallers and sleepers [12:44 PM]
ESPN reports: "Following are alphabetical lists of prospects who have appeared on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board throughout the 2001 season. For months, Mel has been evaluating these prospects, with the 2001 NFL draft in view."

Marker Kiper: Risers, fallers and sleepers [12:42 PM]
ESPN reports: "Following are a few lists that indicate how some players are being viewed going into this weekend's draft.."

Marker Look high and low in the draft [12:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Inside the War Room, Adams and his staff will be charged with providing on-the-spot information and advice to general manager Tom Donahoe, head coach Gregg Williams and his assistants. Obviously, they need to follow what other teams are doing so they know who is available."

Marker Players remember Draft Day [12:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "One current Bill who didn't have to worry about getting selected but where he would be picked was receiver Peerless Price. Price, who was a member of the the University of Tennessee's national championship season in 1999, had been persued by several NFL clubs and been touted as a first-round pick, heightening his expectations on Draft day..."

Marker Putting him to the test: Mel Kiper [12:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Writers at buffalobills.com examined Kiper's picks from 2000 to examine how accurately his picks predict the actual draft day order as well as how his picks match up in terms of performances last season."

Marker Behind the scenes at the NFL Draft [12:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "The 14th pick in the first round's a good pick, but you don't know what the teams in front of you are going to do, what trades that might be involved," Donahoe said. "There's always some speculation, and we'll play some games where we may do some mock drafts and see if certain teams take certain players..."

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