Preparation helps Bills load up with extra draft-day 'treats' [9:40 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kenyatta Walker, the hulking offensive tackle from Florida, didn't interest them. So even though he unexpectedly filtered to the 14th pick, 315 pounds of talented temptation, the Bills turned their heads with resolve.'
TCU's Schobel endures long wait [9:39 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The senior defensive end from Texas Christian thought he would go in the first round, possibly to the St. Louis Rams with the 29th pick. But Schobel (pronounced Sha-bel) fell to the second round, where the Buffalo Bills snapped him up with the 46th overall selection.'
Back end of the draft harbors many a treasure [9:38 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills, through the years, prospered mightily with some of their late picks.'
OSU's Clements, Pickett picked in first round [9:37 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The Bills expect big things from him, general manager Tom Donahoe said, and not just at cornerback..."When you put the combination of size, speed, and special teams together, that's what made him attractive to us."'
Local selections [9:35 AM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'If you drove down Sudbury Rd. it was easy to spot the doings at the home of Nathan and Emma Clements. When their son, Nate, got the word he was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, the gathering of approximately 75 friends and relatives spilled out to the front lawn to celebrate.'
Ohio State [9:34 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Clements was erratic last season but has all the tools--eye-popping speed, jumping ability and strength. He also is a flashy punt returner.'
OT Kris Farris passes physical [9:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We said today that we felt it was nice to have Kris Farris, almost like an extra pick. His problems have stemmed from injuries. He took time last year, had surgery on his foot in December, and has responded well to the surgery. He's 6'8, 322 lbs., and those guys are nice to have. We brought him in for a workout and physical, and he passed. He's had no problems since the surgery."
Busy first day at One Bills Drive [9:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With the Buccaneers' first round pick, Buffalo took Ohio State cornerback Nate Clements, who played with current Bill Antoine Winfield in his freshman year in Columbus.'
Bills resign DT Shawn Price [9:27 AM]
TBD reports: 'Yesterday, the Bills resigned DT Shawn Price. The signing of the 7-year veteran is significant after losing defensive lineman Wiley and Washington this offseason. In addition, the team's draft needs were also impacted by the signing.'
Coaching staff to host clinic [9:22 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills head coach Gregg Williams and his entire coaching staff will host the "Gregg Williams High School Coaches Clinic" on Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2 in the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park.'
First day wrap-up press conference [9:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I [Gregg Williams] am impressed on the number of guys who were able to watch and add to the voices in the room. It's been impressive coming from another organization seeing how good these scouts are in that room. It's been refreshing."
UT's Henry to join old friends as Bills’ selection [6:19 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '"They really hadn't shown any interest, but called and said they were surprised I stayed on the board that long," Henry said. "I was hoping to go a little higher, but all that matters is that I get a chance to play on the next level."'
Henry to join ex-Vol Bryson with Buffalo [6:15 AM]
Knoxville News Sentinel reports: '"I think I can stand the cold," joked Henry, who was the seventh running back selected in the draft. "Once I'm playing and my adrenaline gets flowing, it really doesn't matter."'
Buffalo getting job done in draft [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills began yesterday with 10 picks, but thanks to a pair of trade-down maneuvers in the first and second rounds, they accrued two more without affecting their player selection strategy.'
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."'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.'
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."'
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!
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.'
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.'
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