Texas Longhorns WR Marquise Goodwin didn’t think he’d be drafted Friday [1:47 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'On what the Bills told him when they called: They said, “Hey Marquise!” and they were making jokes about Coach Brown – Coach Brown is really good friends with the Buffalo Bills team and some of the guys on the staff. And they said, “We’re going to draft you. You have a deal.”'
Rookie QB Manuel has ties to Bills famed past [1:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Bruce Smith, the NFL's career sack leader, is his godfather.'
Bills draft 2 WRs as new-look offense takes shape [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills had a need at receiver after failing to re-sign David Nelson and Donald Jones this offseason. That left no established receiver to play opposite starter Stevie Johnson.'
Bills Take WR Woods On Day 2 [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Woods heads to Buffalo after hauling in 76 receptions for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior season, his final season, with the Trojans. Woods' best season came as a sophomore a year earlier when he posted 1,292 yards with 111 catches, 15 of which went for touchdowns.'
Bills Address LB Need, Take Alonso in 2nd Round [1:43 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Named the Rose Bowl's Defensive Player of the Game in Oregon's 45-38 win over Wisconsin, Alonso racked up 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1 interception. He played in 12 games in each of the last two seasons for Oregon after missing all of 2010 while serving a suspension for a DUI while also rehabbing a knee injury. He also missed Oregon's first game in 2011 after being arrested during the offseason on charges of burglary, trespassing and criminal mischief.'
Bills Add Another WR [1:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Goodwin was clocked at 4.27 seconds at the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine and also excels at track. On the football field, he reached the end zone 6 times in 2012 -- 3 times through the air and 3 times on the ground. He caught 26 passes for 340 yards and returned 13 kickoffs for the Longhorns last season, amassing a total of 327 yards.'
Bills' candidates for 41 and 46 [1:41 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Whether you like E.J. Manuel or not, as a Bills fan you have to appreciate what it represents -- a bold move to take a swing at a quarterback in the first round that could have positive gains if done correctly. Now, it can also not work entirely, leaving the Bills with their last two first round quarterbacks picked to have left a lot to be desired.'
Manuel's phone a hot line at draft [1:40 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '“When Dion Jordan got selected, someone called my hotline phone that was there at the draft,” Manuel told Patrick. “I think they were looking for Dion, but I got excited because I heard it ring. I was like, Man, that’s a prank call right there.''
Strong bond between Manuel and Bills Hall of Famer [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I stuck around and watched the draft until EJ was selected,” Smith said, “and then I immediately texted my son, who plays at Virginia Tech now. EJ and my son Alston are very good friends as well. His exact words were, ‘This is crazy, Dad,’ the fact that he’s going to be going to the same team I played for, and all the history that was created there."'
EJ Manuel: ''I expect to come in and compete'' [1:38 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Well to me it was more so that there only needs to be one team to fall in love with you. Whether it was the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles or the Cleveland Browns—I knew one of those teams was going to take a quarterback. I did not know how soon. I am just extremely elated I was taken at 16 when I saw the Bills trade back from eight to 16. I knew they would probably take a quarterback. When my phone rang I was extremely excited.'
Bills land WR Woods on day two [1:37 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills spoke highly of Woods before the draft and described him as one of the most NFL ready receivers in this year’s draft, with Bills scout Brad Forsyth calling him “as polished a receiver as I’ve seen in a while.” Nix affirmed that belief Friday following Woods’ selection.'
Robert Woods: ''I’m ready and willing to go against each and every corner in the league'' [1:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It comes with the territory. I know coming to the NFL (you’re) playing some bigger and better corners. Like I said, it comes with the territory. I’m ready and willing to go against each and every corner in the league. I feel like with a great scheme you can beat anything with the book.'
Bills add athletic LB Alonso with 46th pick [1:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Mike and the defense is excited to bring him in,” said head coach Doug Marrone. “A young player that hasn’t played as much as the other players that we’ve had. He’s shown that he can play multiple positions. He’s shown that he can play on teams. He’s shown that he’s instinctive.”'
Kiko Alonso: ''I feel like I can play any spot in [the Bills] system'' [1:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Yeah, definitely. I think, not taking credit away from the offense obviously because they are awesome putting up the points and yards per game. It is really hard to look past them, but we have a lot of great players on the defense. We already had one picked with Dion (Jordan). We have a ton of players and a lot of talent who do not really get looked at because of what the offense is capable of doing and what there is on that side of the ball.'
Speedster WR Goodwin added in round three [1:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“When I look at offense, I try to look at playmakers; people that can make plays, people that can be productive,” explained Marrone. “The whole thing in this league is how are you going to score?”'
Marquise Goodwin: ''People underestimate me as a complete football player'' [1:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I’m a football guy that just happens to run track because I just got drafted by the Buffalo Bills. First of all given my honest to God for the opportunity, my school and everybody. But I don’t think if I was strictly a track guy trying to play football that I would’ve been drafted, especially in this round with the numbers that I have. Obviously somebody thought enough to invest in me because they saw me as a football player.'
Buddy Nix and Doug Marrone comment on Day Two Draft picks [1:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Well we’ve been talking about getting a receiver. And Robert Woods we were fortunate that he was there and the guy’s got the intangibles; plus made all these catches. We got to know him a little bit when we were out there working out Matt Barkley. We’d already written him in that kind of thing. The individual workout we got to visit with him a little bit.'
Bills looking for NFL ready WR [1:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“We're talking about the wide receiver position being deep,” said Nix. “It's going to always be deep the way colleges are going. They're playing with four and five wides, so there's more of them. There's always going to be good players and there are three or four that would fit that outside receiver job that could challenge deep and be a vertical guy.”'
Buffalo Bills NFL Draft performance: So far, so good [5:48 PM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'I watched a few Florida State games in the past two seasons. Manuel is a good quarterback. Is he an Andrew Luck or RGIII-caliber quarterback? Right now, I'd say no. But he has all the tools to be a winning quarterback in the NFL.'
In Manuel the Bills trust [2:53 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'Manuel probably is going to sit for at least a year, if not two behind Kevin Kolb. Again, Bills fans need patience and wait for their new toy to be unleashed.'
Bills get their quarterback in Manuel [9:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Not only did the Bills choose the QB they coveted — Manuel — they now have eight draft choices including three in the Top 46, their own second-rounder at 41 and then St. Louis’.'
Bills get their QB: Manuel [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“He can throw the football vertically down the field,” said Bills coach Doug Marrone. “He has a good arm. He can get himself out of trouble. He can create things with his feet. He has good presence in the huddle, he’s accurate and we’re excited to have him.”'
Credit Bills for taking bold path [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are still trying to recover from their draft blunders of the past 13 years. You don’t undo a decade of miscalculation in one weekend. But this is how you do it, by taking advantage of the desperation of other teams and using it to your advantage.'
Buffalo Bills select Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I don’t think I’d use the word conflicted,” Marrone said when asked to share his feelings about passing on Nassib, who many draft experts felt was the ideal choice for Buffalo solely for the familiarity factor. “At the end of the day there were a lot of good quarterbacks in the draft and we took the quarterback that we felt fit our situation best in Buffalo.”'
Manuel's the right choice [1:56 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Manuel provides the Bills with that identity. Like the hiring of Marrone, the selection of Manuel signifies the turning over of a new leaf in Buffalo. The duo provides Bills fans not just with that identity, but a fresh, entertaining one.'
Thoughts on the Bills picking Manuel [1:55 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'Ultimately, it will take a few years to determine if this pick was the right decision for Buffalo. We'll see how long it takes him to win the starting job going up against Kevin Kolb and Tavaris Jackson.'
E.J. Manuel first QB taken -- by Bills! [1:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Most people figured the quarterback-desperate Bills would pick a signal-caller, but the club got creative in doing so.'
Doug Marrone, Bills pass on former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib who goes undrafted [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'But in the end it wasn't so, and it wasn't even that close. The Bills took a quarterback ranked outside the top three prospects at the position by most analysts, and Nassib was left to wait until Friday to find out his future employer.'
Surprises for Browns, Bills, but not Steelers [1:52 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The Bills had plenty of other needs, but the biggest question entering the draft was whether first-year coach Doug Marrone believed his franchise quarterback was on the roster. We got our answer.'
FSU's first-round picks: Manuel, Werner, Rhodes [1:51 AM]
Tallahassee Democrat reports: '“This guy has leadership qualities and he is smart,” Buffalo general manager Buddy Nix said. “His knowledge of the game was further along than most. ... And you need to be able to play in the wind and the cold. As far as arm strength, there is no question. He’s a huge man.”'
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