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Buffalo Bills News - April 20, 2002

Marker Bills select tackle Mike Williams fourth overall [3:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams can play both right and left tackle, and is expected to compete for the starting job to replace veteran John Fina. Such a move would allow the Bills to move newly-acquired free agent lineman Trey Teague to center.'

Marker Peter King - Donahoe fooled no one [2:49 PM]
CNN/SI reports: @ I think I still think Bryant McKinnie will be a better NFL player than Mike Williams, though the Bills got themselves a heck of a player.

I think the reason there haven't been trades in the top five is simple: The teams got married to the players they wanted.

Take the Bills. Tom Donahoe said on ESPN that he never got a call during his time on the clock at No.4 and that's because everyone in the league knew he was sold on Mike Williams and because he couldn't work out the impossible deal with the Raiders that surfaced late in the week. Same with San Diego and Quentin Jammer.

Marker Trade Rumor with Dallas never came through - Dallas never called [2:43 PM]
CNN/SI reports: @ The Cowboys also were said to be entertaining a flop with No. 4 Buffalo if the No. 3 Lions select Joey Harrington. Concerned that the Chargers at No. 5 might take Jammer ahead of them, Dallas would take Jammer at No. 4, and Buffalo would go with North Carolina DT Ryan Sims in the sixth spot.

Marker Bills select Texas OT Williams with 4th pick in NFL draft [2:39 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Williams just turned 21 in November, but has plenty of experience playing in big games for the Longhorns. He has been compared favorably to former teammate Leonard Davis of the Arizona Cardinals, the second overall pick in the 2001 draft.'

Marker Mock Draft Comparision [2:36 PM]
ESPN reports: @ ESPN compares three mock drafts posted on their site; Kiper got it wrong regarding Buffalo.
PFW (4/20), Mike Williams
Kiper (4/19), Ryan Sims (4/17), Mike Williams

Marker Mel Kiper on selection of Mike Williams [2:15 PM]
ESPN reports: I had Williams rated ahead of Bryant McKinnie after the knee injury wasn't viewed as a concern. He could step in at either right or left tackle. At Texas, he protected the blind side of Chris Sims at right tackle, but he has prior experience at left tackle. He is a great pass blocker and is exceptional at sustaining blocks as a run blocker. He is nimble at 375 pounds, often getting downfield to help spring running backs for large gains. He has enough polish to step in and be an immediate starter and anchor on the Bills' offensive line.

Marker Mike Williams Unanimous Choice - no trade considered [1:55 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills kept the fourth pick overall in Saturday's NFL Draft and selected offensive tackle Mike Williams from Texas.

"We didn't receive a phone call while we were on the clock," Donahoe said. "It wouldn't have mattered anyway because we were unanimous in the choice of this young man."

Donahoe believes Williams is an outstanding prospect and talked about upgrading the team's offensive line problems this offseason

Marker Larry Felser has been wrong before .. and is wrong again [1:39 PM]
Empire reports: @ "Conventional wisdom is that the top pick should be an offensive tackle. It won?t happen." Looks like Larry is not as connected as he used to be.

Marker Donahoe says "Stay tuned...." [1:02 PM]
TBD reports: In a post 1st round selection interview, GM Tom Donahoe, responded to a question about a trade for Drew Bledsoe with "Stay tuned....". So, we shall Mr. Donahoe.

Marker Post your reaction to the Mike Williams on the Stadium Wall! [12:53 PM]
TBD reports: Let everyone know your opinion on the Bills 1st round draft pick!

Marker Round 1: OT Mike Williams [12:52 PM] reports: MIKE WILLIAMS - Offensive Line
University of Texas Longhorns

Has quick movement ability coming out of his stance, showing nimble feet and good hand rise & explosion…Hits defenders instantly coming off the ball, delivering power behind his arm swipes… Gains position and sustains blocks with a wide leg base and arms extended…Has the leg drive to steer and block the defender…Shows very good knee bend for a player his size… Shows the agility to pull and accelerate at the point of attack… Uses his hands properly to turn the defender and makes smooth adjustments in space to cut off and wall off the linebackers…Very quick to set and extend his hands, delivering a forceful punch and jab on the pass rusher…Has the lateral slide needed to recover when changing direction… Competes and works hard in the weight room…Works well with the offensive guard in picking up stunts with ease…Shuffles his feet well setting up in pass protection…Physical, athletic and intelligent lineman who developed into one of the nation's premier offensive tackles in 2001…Dominating blocker who is light on his feet for his size…"The sky's the limit for Mike and he has a chance to be one of the great ones," offensive coordinator Greg Davis said…Moved into the starting lineup at right tackle in the later part of his sophomore year…Has allowed only two quarterback sacks in 28 career starts.

Marker Donahoe doesn't' blink - takes OT Mike Williams at #4 [12:49 PM] reports: Joey Harrington was taken by Detriot and shortly later Bills take Mike Williams despite multiple comments from naysayers on his assessement that Mike Williams was a better tackle.

Marker Bills Will Draw Top Card On Draft Day [12:37 PM] reports: New Acquisitions Give Buffalo Flexibility

Marker Join us in the TBD War Room! [11:35 AM]
TBD reports: Head on over to the TBD War Room and chat with your fellow Bills fans about the draft! Donahoe and company will surely give fans something to talk about!

Marker Bills' questions may be answered on draft day [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But one way or another, the Bills probably will have another quarterback on the roster by the end of the draft Sunday afternoon. "I'd say that's likely," Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker An eye for talent [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Scouting is not a math problem where you just add height, weight and speed and divide by the 40 time," Modrak said. "You have to blend it all together."'

Marker Drawing Up A Deal For Drew [6:39 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Do not be surprised if part of the on-going discussions include the Bills and Pats considering swapping first round picks, with New England moving to 4 and the Bills getting Bledsoe and moving down to 32.'

Marker Decision Day for Donahoe [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe has been holed up in his office at Ralph Wilson Stadium throughout this past week and probably hasn't seen the light of day, let alone felt the warmth of the sun.'

Marker Bills chances of dealing for Bledsoe fade [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills' chances of trading for New England QB Drew Bledsoe seem to be diminishing.'

Marker Bledsoe deal wouldn't top O.J. trade [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Two of the biggest quarterback acquisitions in Bills' history were Jack Kemp and Vince Ferragamo. One huge hit. One huge miss.'

Marker The best and the worst of Bills' drafts [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '1961 -- Bumper crop included three of the greatest offensive linemen in team history -- Hall of Fame guard Billy Shaw, tackle Stew Barber and center Al Bemiller.'

Marker Bills have greater needs than QB [5:25 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'There was also a need at left offensive tackle, where aging John Fina missed four starts last season due to injury.'

Marker Bills up offer, but Patriots won't bite [5:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots have never acted like a team that wanted Bledsoe out of town, regardless of what they got in return. In fact, one source close to the process said the Patriots feel another team will enter the picture today and better Buffalo's proposal, which is why the Patriots thought about the Bills' offer for about 10 minutes before rejecting it.'

Marker Pats nix Bills' deal for Drew [5:23 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Patriots also were flummoxed by the method in which Donahoe made his offer. Instead of calling Pats personnel director Scott Pioli directly, Donahoe faxed the request - and not just to Pioli. The fax went to five machines throughout the team complexes, including one belonging to owner Bob Kraft. It was a highly unusual move in terms of how business is done in the NFL. Most trade talks are conducted on a one-on-one basis over the phone.'

Marker Patriots reportedly turn down Bills' offer [5:22 AM]
Worcester Telegram And Gazette reports: 'The Bills have the fourth overall pick in this year's draft but have said they will not part with that to get Bledsoe. The Patriots are reportedly seeking a first-round pick in exchange for the 30-year-old former franchise quarterback.'

Marker Donahoe not optimistic about Bledsoe trade talks [5:21 AM]
AP reports: '"I'm not overly optimistic that it's going to get done," Bills president Tom Donahoe told Buffalo radio station WNSA on Friday. "I still don't have the sense that they really want to do this, particularly with us. And that may be part of the hangup."'

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April 19, 2002

Marker Blake: Not Bills' answer at QB [5:31 PM]
SI/CNN reports: @ After being briefly courted by Buffalo, Blake has moved on while the Bills continue their bid to trade for New England's Drew Bledsoe, Blake's agent, Ralph Cindrich said, on Friday. "There's nothing there," Cindrich said, referring to the recent interest the Bills showed in Blake.

Marker Patriots ponder Bledsoe [3:46 PM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'If the Patriots do not trade Bledsoe by this weekend's draft, they would be faced with having a frustrated backup quarterback on their roster - one who has not been taking part in the team's off-season conditioning program. They seem willing to do that rather than swap their quarterback for little in return.'

Marker Pats Turn Down Bills' Trade Offer for Bledsoe [3:44 PM]
ESPN reports: '...the Patriots turned down the Bills' latest offer after receiving a faxed proposal on Friday. Buffalo offered a No. 2 pick in 2003, with a clause that would have made it a No. 1 pick in 2003 if Bledsoe started 12 games or if the Bills qualified for the playoffs. The Patriots were not interested because the deal dealt with draft picks for next season, rather than this season.'

Marker Blake doesn't believe he's Bills' answer at QB [1:28 PM]
AP reports: 'After being briefly courted by Buffalo, Blake has moved on while the Bills continue their bid to trade for New England's Drew Bledsoe, Blake's agent, Ralph Cindrich said, on Friday.'

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