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Buffalo Bills News - April 26, 2003

Marker Bills take Miami's McGahee with No. 23 pick [5:45 PM]
D and C reports: '``They caught me off guard with the pick, but I’m very happy,’’ McGahee said. ``It was never guaranteed that I would be a Top 5 pick so I never took it and ran with it.’’'

Marker What Bills say about McGahee [5:42 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The reality is that our medical people, who do a great job, have thoroughly looked at the situation.'

Marker In stunning move, Bills take a chance on McGahee [4:39 PM]
AP reports: 'It's uncertain whether he'll play next season. ''We'll play it by ear,'' said Bills president Tom Donahoe. ''We're prepared. If he can't play this year, we're fine.'''

Marker ESPN shadowing McGahee's every move [4:25 PM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'ESPN's Jeremy Schaap has been on the Willis McGahee case for the past three days. Schaap, who is working on a piece on the former Miami running back for Outside The Lines (Sunday at 9:30 a.m.), met McGahee in New York for a full day of activities Thursday, followed him to Miami on Friday and will shadow him again during the NFL Draft today. McGahee, who is coming back from a knee injury, is the most interesting story in this year's draft and ESPN is all over it.'

Marker First Round Draft Pick: RB Willis McGahee [4:07 PM] reports: Has good upper body muscle development…More quick than fast, but can make cuts at the holes and has the hip swerve needed to avoid defenders slashing through traffic.

Marker Bills select RB McGahee with 23rd selection [3:56 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'In one of the most eagerly anticipated selections of the NFL draft, the Bills used the 23rd selection on McGahee, the star running back from Miami who tore up his knee in the Hurricanes' Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State.'

Marker Bills Draft RB Willis McGahee [3:29 PM] reports: Positives: Has good upper-body muscle development. More quick than fast, but can make cuts at the holes and has the hip swerve needed to avoid defenders slashing through traffic. Instinctive runner who sets up and uses his blocks well. Very creative and strong inside runner who plays at a low pad level, carrying defenders on contact and breaking arm tackles consistently. Has an above-average short burst to cut back or bounce outside and the acceleration to run away from defenders. Will usually improvise and create when the hole is clogged. Shows good ball security and will cut sharply while finding a way to get open on pass routes.

Negatives: Not asked to block and needs work on his technique, as he will overextend and lunge when trying to cut-block in pass protection. Can set up a defender, but seems to struggle a bit running in space. Used mainly on flares and screens and needs some pass-route refinement, but his hands appear natural.

Marker Bills Wait For Turn [12:25 PM] reports: Last year's first round was the longest in NFL History at 5 hours 48 minutes, an average of one pick every 11 minutes or so. At that same pace, this year's 23rd overall pick would come at about 4:10 PM. Buffalo's second round pick (48th overall) is projected to take place at 7:25 PM.

Marker 2003 Bills Draft Central [9:37 AM] reports: Be sure to check out's up-to-the-minute coverage of this weekend's NFL Draft. Presented by Tops Friendly Markets, the online Draft Central will provide complete player biographical information on each of Buffalo’s draft picks as well as live audio and video of the post-pick press conferences with President/General Manager Tom Donahoe, Head Coach Gregg Williams and other key team personnel.

Marker Inside Look At The Draft [9:36 AM] reports: "Anytime you look at your football team you are trying to add quality big people. It's a game of big people and if we can add some to either side of the ball we are going to try to do that. We need depth on our team at several positions. We could still use some depth in the secondary, at wide receiver and at running back so there's probably not any area of the football team that we can look at say we probably won't look at anyone there. We are going to look at everything. Based on who is there we are going to try to make intelligent decision that will help our team." - Tom Donahoe

Marker Buffalo's All-Time First Round Draft Picks [9:35 AM] reports: Here's a look at Buffalo's All-Time First Round Draft Picks

Marker Bills must wait in line for draft bandwagon - [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: Teams that might be willing to move down to the Bills' 23rd spot are New Orleans, which has the 17th and 18th picks, and Cleveland, at No. 21. New Orleans, however, would prefer to move up than down.

Marker Roll of the dice [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The worst pick...Walt Patulski...'

Marker The Bills Draft: 1967-2002 [9:09 AM]
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Marker Buffalo is on the clock [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'Only one thing is known: because of 11 free-agent signings in the offseason, “The Toms” -- Donahoe and assistant Tom Modrak -- can concentrate on taking the best available player and really mean it.'

Marker Faine could be Bills' center of attention [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'What would be wrong with selecting a player who might start at center for a decade or so? If Faine is the pick, the Bills would be hoping he contributes more than most of the team’s Notre Dame draft picks so far.'

Marker Big defensive player would suit Bills fine [5:24 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If none of the linemen are around, the Bills may look for a defensive back, either Texas A&M's Sammy Davis, USC's Troy Polamalu or Bethune-Cookman's Rasheen Mathis.'

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April 25, 2003

Marker Brown: Draft is icing on the cake for bolstered Bills [8:40 PM]
AP reports: '''I don't think we can go wrong in this draft right here,'' the Bills veteran offensive guard said. ''I think Tom has a pretty easy job. I think he could call me up and I could draft our first-round pick.'''

Marker Get Latest Draft Day News Via Verizon Wireless Text Messaging [1:41 PM] reports: "We want our fans to know all the latest draft day developments as they happen," said Bills President/General Manager Tom Donahoe. "We'll be sending out Coach's Corner alerts all weekend to keep our fans up to date on everything that happens during one of the most important weekends for our team."

Marker The rumor mill [12:00 PM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: The Bills (No. 23) might be inclined to trade up with the Browns to snatch one of the last defensive linemen in the first round. The Browns might only net a fifth-round choice by dropping two notches, but they could rationalize the value of taking a cornerback at No. 23.

Marker NFL Europe [11:59 AM] reports: Ken Simonton will get a second chance to record history this week when the Claymores face the Berlin Thunder, the team that Simonton scored a record-tying 4 rushing touchdowns against in Week 1.

Marker Bills brain trust ready for draft day [10:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'In preparing for this weekend’s 68th NFL college draft, Buffalo culled the knowledge and connections of a 13-person personnel staff that boasts a grand total of 236 years in the league -- 154 of them spent finding talent for the Bills.'

Marker Expect the unexpected on draft day [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're not sure what we'll do at this point," said Donahoe, who recouped a first-round pick by trading wide receiver Peerless Price to Atlanta. "But whatever we do has to make sense for us."'

Marker Wilson honored for gifts to WNY charities [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Every city you go to the people say, "Our fans are the best in the country,' " Wilson said. "But I've been all over the country. This market is the second smallest in size in the league, but it's No. 1 in passion for the football team."'

Marker Bills' Wilson honored by adopted hometown [5:22 AM]
AP reports: '''Anywhere I go in Buffalo, having been here for so long, people recognize me,'' Wilson said. ''I think after these years, it speaks for itself.'''

April 24, 2003

Marker Bills Officially Ink Gary [5:31 PM] reports: The Bills today announced that the team has officially signed free agent running back Olandis Gary.

Marker Bills Owner To Be Presented Humanitarian Award [4:53 PM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. will be presented the Seymour Knox III Humanitarian of the Year Award by WBEN-News Radio 930 and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce at a dinner at the Adam's Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo on Thursday, April 24.'

Marker Buffalo Bills and JetBlue Announce Winner [4:53 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills would like to congratulate Chad Smith of North Tonawada, NY as the winner of the JetBlue Airways Draft Day Fly Away Promotion. Chad and his wife Laura will be traveling to New York this weekend to see the NFL Draft live.'

Marker Rookie Review: Ryan Denney [1:25 PM] reports: '[Q:] Rumors are saying that you've bulked up a lot in the offseason what do you say to that? [A:] "I've been working out hard. That's one thing that I didn't do last year after the combine. Between the combine and the draft last year I wasn't really doing much. I was on pins and needles. Where this year, already in the first part of January I started working out again and getting into shape. I have bulked up a little bit. I'm looking forward to this year."'

Marker Updated Mock Draft Picks [12:42 PM] reports: 2003 NFL Draft: Mock Draft Picks

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