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Buffalo Bills News - April 21, 2002

Marker Texas lineman thought Jammer a better bet [4:54 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Texas offensive lineman Mike Williams knew he would go high in the NFL draft, but not higher than teammate Quentin Jammer.'

Marker Big 12 scores four first-round selections [4:53 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: 'Mike Williams missed his guess but earned perpetual bragging rights on former Texas teammate Quentin Jammer.'

Marker Bledsoe to remain with Patriots for now [4:52 AM]
ESPN reports: '"I simply wasn't going to give up a pick in this year's draft for a guy we never even got the chance to talk to," Donahoe said. "That's just not practical. We didn't know if Drew would even have reported to us. They never gave us the chance to ask him."'

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April 20, 2002

Marker Bills select Coy Wire [10:50 PM] reports: Strong Safety/Outside Linebacker, Stanford, 6'0",209<br>
Perhaps no player in the history of Stanford football can make the claim Coy Wire can: team leader in both rushing and tackles. He led the team in rushing in 1998 and tackles in 2000 and '01 after being moved from running back to safety to inside linebacker ? Coy had started seven games at RB from 1998-99, but was moved to safety in the spring of 2000 and then to ILB in the fall of 2000

Marker OTs grab spotlight from DTs [9:34 PM]
ESPN reports: With a quote which could have come from Bill from NYC:

"The fact is, protecting the quarterback is every bit as important as sacking him," allowed Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe, who initiated the feeding frenzy for tackles by taking Mike Williams of the University of Texas with the No. 4 pick. "The defensive tackles in the first round were very impressive. But there was some rare talent among the offensive tackles, too, and we saw that today. It was a big, athletically gifted bunch."

Marker Bills trade up, take DE Denney with 61st pick [9:20 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'A unanimous All-Mountain West Conference selection, Denney recorded 68 tackles and led the Cougars with seven sacks in his final collegiate season. He finished his career with 156 tackles and 16 sacks and helped his draft stock with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.'

Marker Bills select Ryan Denney [9:16 PM] reports: Bills trade #69 (3rd) and #102 (4th) via trade with SF for #61 (2nd)
DE, 6'7", 276 lbs from Brigham Young
Tall, rangy athlete with long arms and a thick chest ? Gets off the snap in an instant and has impressive upfield acceleration ? Very quick to diagnose the plays and is rarely caught out of position ? Has the balance and leg drive to hold firmly at the point of attack ? Uses his rip and swim moves to split combo blocks and delivers vicious arm swipes to stack ? Stays low to jam the tight ends at the line and has a jarring hand punch to rock the blockers back.

Marker Curtis Alexander Runs Wild - 192 Yards And Three TDs [9:11 PM] reports: Galaxy running back Curtis Alexander, allocated by the Buffalo Bills, rushed for 192 yards and 3 TDs. Previously, the Galaxy had not had a running back break the 100-yard rushing barrier since Week 7 in 1997, a streak of 44 games.
QB Joe Hamilton found Alexander with a short pass and he weaved his way 68 yards before being forced out at the Dragons' three-yard line.

Marker More on Josh Reed [9:08 PM]
Shout! reports: One of the things (Coach) Williams mentioned was Reed's willingness to run-block. That might be a clue that the coach was dissatisfied with the down-the-field blocking of his wide receivers last year.

Marker Conference Call With WR Josh Reed [9:08 PM] reports: It feels great to be selected by such a good team. It's been a long day, an anxious day. I'm really happy that it finally came in and the way it came in.

Marker Josh Reed's thoughts leading up to Draft Day. [9:08 PM] reports: If I don't get picked in the first round, it wouldn't be really disappointing. Everyone hopes to go in the first round, but regardless, you try to make the most of it when you do get in the program and just try to build on that.

Marker 2002 2nd Round (36th overall) Josh Reed - Wide Receiver [6:45 PM] reports: 'One of the most decorated players in school history...Has virtually re-written the LSU and SEC record books for receiving...'.'

Marker Bills select LSU WR Reed with 36th pick in NFL draft [6:42 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Josh Reed of Louisiana State won the Biletnikoff Award as the best college receiver in the nation, but four other players at his position went before him in Saturday's NFL draft.'

Marker NFL Draft has Reed waiting, wondering [6:37 PM]
Baton Rouge Advocate reports: 'Reed, LSU's All-America and record-setting receiver last season, has been projected as the third-best receiver in the draft, according to NFL analyst Joel Buchsbaum...Reed's wait Saturday isn't expected to be long either. Reed is projected to be called late in the first or early in the second round.'

Marker Curtis Alexander and Galaxy defense defeat Dragons (54-14) [4:42 PM]
Frankfirt Galaxy web site reports: Curtis Alexander (# 22): "I try to always play hard and give everything."
He had three TDs vs the Dragons. Galaxy are tied with Admirals with 2-0 lead in NFL Europe.

Marker Tom Donahoe On Mike Williams [4:29 PM] reports: What we liked is that we felt going into the off-season our biggest priority was the offensive line. We have to get better there and we have to upgrade, we feel we've made a couple of moves in free agency to add to the mix and with our first round pick we've really improved the competition and the quality of our offensive line. We like Mike's attitude, toughness, tenacity and he was a defensive lineman so he plays offensive lineman like a defensive guy.

Marker Conference Call With OT Mike Williams [4:29 PM] reports: I had no idea what to expect. I just said look, if they draft me I'm going to be happy, if they don't I'm going to be happy. Then I get down here to NY and everyone is like you are going to Buffalo, you are going to Buffalo. I just said well if that's true then I'm going to be so happy! If not, then I'm going to be kind of disappointed. I had set a goal that I wanted to be the first offensive tackle taken and I wanted to go as high as I can and be the best that I can.

Marker Quinn has not been touch with Bills either [3:17 PM]
WGR reports: @ Quinn is being considered for backup for Colts; he has not been contacted recently by the team, at least a week.

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.

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