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Buffalo Bills News - April 24, 2004

Marker How they did in the draft [8:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo must believe J.P. Losman of Tulane is the next Jim Kelly, because the Bills surrendered their 2005 first-rounder and a second and a fifth this year to get the 22nd overall slot. After giving up so much, the Bills better be getting a future star. And they also made a serious reach for WR Lee Evans at 13th overall. That shows how badly new coach Mike Mularkey wants to upgrade the offense immediately.'

Marker Transcript: WR Lee Evans [7:57 PM] reports: 'I know Nate Clements. We competed in high school together. He went to Ohio State so we also competed in college together, so I know Nate a little bit. Coming in on my visit I was able to meet with a few other people. Some of the people that work in the scouting department are from Cleveland and so I know a little bit. I know Coach Mularkey was over at Pittsburgh for a while and I've seen some things that he did over there. So I'm a little familiar with it but I've still got a little bit to go.'

Marker Transcript: Bills Select QB J.P. Losman [7:57 PM] reports: 'When we did our board and we had some quarterbacks that we liked, we had a lot of players that we liked, but we had four quarterbacks that we thought were first round talents. We felt strongly that we wanted to add to our speed at the receiver position. We did that and as soon as we made our pick we began to explore the possibility of trying to get back into the first round to pick J.P. We were fortunate to be able to do it. We called just about every team from our pick on and proposed a trade to them. Finally we were able to get it done with Dallas.'

Marker Transcript: QB J.P. Losman [7:56 PM] reports: 'They told me to keep my eyes open for Buffalo with the 13th pick, but when they picked Lee Evans we didn't know what was going to happen. Everyone's been telling me this Green Bay and St. Louis type thing so I was kind of shaky and I didn't know. But when Buffalo traded up with Dallas my eyes kind of opened up and my heart started pounding and then they called my name and it was just a sigh of relief.'

Marker Cowboys Trade Down With Buffalo [7:34 PM] reports: 'The Cowboys picked up another second-round pick (43rd) overall, a fifth-round pick this year and then a first-rounder next year. The Cowboys had the chance of getting either Oregon State's Steven Jackson and Virginia Tech's Kevin Jones, but chose to take more picks.'

Marker Cowboys trade first-round pick to Buffalo [7:32 PM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'The Cowboys have now increased their number of picks from five to seven in this weekend's draft. And with Buffalo coming off a 6-10 record and losing their top cornerback in free agency, the Cowboys could end up with a high pick in next year's draft.'

Marker Bills pick WR Evans 13th; swing deal to draft QB Losman 22nd [6:24 PM]
AP reports: '''This doesn't send any signal. Drew's our quarterback,'' Donahoe said. ''But Drew's like all of us. He's not going to play forever. And at some point we've got to start grooming a young guy.'''

Marker J.P. Losman Scouting Report [6:03 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Losman is a good athlete with a competitive attitude and strong swagger. In fact, Losman's competitive nature and confidence can come off a bit "cocky" at times. Some reject his confidence because he lacks "big-time" experience after starting for only two years at a non-BCS conference school.'

Marker Tulane QB's swagger belies NFL draft status [6:01 PM]
USA Today reports: 'He's the one with the sudden snap of a release, a playmaker's legs and the kind of grit throwbacks love in the huddle. None of which might be enough to propel J.P. Losman past the other three or ensure him of being a No. 1 pick, and all of which could ultimately make him the best of the bunch.'

Marker If not Rivers, Losman may be the choice [6:00 PM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'It's all but guaranteed J.P. Losman of Tulane will be sitting on the board if the Packers stay put at 25. A great debate among scouts in recent weeks, though, is whether the athletically gifted Losman rates no better than second-round consideration.'

Marker Transcript: Bills Select WR Lee Evans [5:59 PM] reports: 'We're very excited about Lee Evans. We think that he is going to bring a special dimension to our offense. We had a great visit with him at the Combine. We had a great visit a couple of weeks ago when he was here. We certainly think that he can come in and contribute and help us to get our offense back on track.'

Marker First Round: Lee Evans [5:58 PM] reports: 'Effective blocker who will block for the running game… Normal strider with above average balance and flexibility…Team-oriented player who takes well to hard coaching and normally can be found in the film room studying his next opponent.'

Marker First Round: Jonathan [5:56 PM] reports: 'Knows how to put the ball on the receiver’s outside shoulder when throwing long, hitting his target in stride…Can slide and elude the pass rush and has the ability to throw on the move…Does a very good job with his timing on the mid-range throws, as the receiver rarely has to work back to the ball…Has the field vision and awareness to look off his primary target to find his second and third options…Competitive player who can handle hard coaching.'

Marker Bills take Evans, trade for Losman [5:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Losman, 6'2", 224 pounds, has quick feet, a quick release, and excellent arm strength. There are questions though about his arm strength, and attitude.'

Marker Cowboys trade first-round pick [5:39 PM]
AP reports: 'The Cowboys dropped to the 43th overall pick by acquiring Buffalo's second-round pick. Dallas also got a fifth-round pick this year and a No. 1 pick from Buffalo next year.'

Marker Bills address receiver needs by drafting Evans 13th [5:37 PM]
AP reports: '''We think he's going to bring a special dimension to our offense. And we certainly think he can come in and contribute and help us get our offense back on track,'' Bills president Tom Donahoe said. ''We felt he was a complete receiver. There's a lot of guys that are fast that struggle catching the ball. But Lee is a fast guy who can catch.'''

Marker Bills select Tulane QB Losman with 22nd pick in draft [5:36 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'But the right to select Losman came at a heavy price for the Bills, who sent three draft choices overall - a second- and fifth-round pick this year and a first-round pick in 2004 - to the Cowboys.'

Marker Draft Analyzer [4:43 PM] reports: Vic Carucci's Analysis
This might be a little bit of a higher spot than conventional wisdom had Lee Evans being picked, but I do like the choice. Evans has been largely overshadowed by Fitzgerald and Williams, but he is a big-play target. The Bills might have had an eye on a quarterback of the future, without Rivers or Roethlisberger available, they went with someone who can help them immediately.

Marker Five things I think I think [3:23 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'I think Lee Evans is going to be a tremendous pro player. With the new staff in Buffalo, and with an assist from Sam Wyche in making the playbook more wide open, the Bills will have Evans and a healthy Eric Moulds to try to resuscitate Drew Bledsoe's flagging career. If Bledsoe can't cut it, then Evans and Moulds will have a new thrower in 2005.'

Marker Lee Evans Scouting Report [2:35 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Though he does not have prototypical size (the only top prospect shorter than six feet), Evans is a strong competitor with blazing speed and reliable hands. He accelerates quickly off the ball and after the catch. Dangerous over the middle, he runs crisp routes and does an excellent job of creating space. He makes tough plays in traffic and has the moves and explosiveness to evade defenders in the open field.'

Marker Evans glad he stayed in school [2:33 PM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"I've always had high expectations for myself, and I know a lot of people have high expectations for me," Evans said. "There's a lot that I've learned being in school actually for an extra two years. Just about sitting out for a while. You learn a little more about the game and, being injured, you learn a little bit more about yourself and things like that. So there's plenty of things to learn. It's just about how you approach it and attack it, basically."'

Marker Evans — 1st round or bust? [2:32 PM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Evans abandoned the quick comeback after developing swelling in his knee that eventually required another surgery, and by taking the slow approach he enters this weekend’s draft as a likely first-round pick. Though he’ll probably go late in the round, that’s more a function of landing in an exceptional receiver class than anything else.'

Marker Evans' wait is over [2:30 PM]
Wisconsin Badger Herald reports: '"Out of the top six, eight receivers or so, I'm probably the only one under six feet," he said. "I think in certain situations that will help me, because not all offenses are looking for a big, tall receiver. Some already have one and some are looking for a smaller-type receiver who can get deep and stretch the field vertically. It will play to my advantage in some cases."'

Marker Bears need, should pick Evans [2:28 PM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Before he tore up a knee in the spring of 2002, Evans was on his way to the head of the 2003 draft class. His rehabilitation appears complete.'

Marker Badgers in the Draft: Lee Evans [2:24 PM] reports: 'After spending more than a year rehabbing, Evans responded with a stellar senior season. Many pre-draft articles have questioned the status of Evans’ knee, but he is convinced that teams know he is healthy after thoroughly inspecting the knee at the NFL’s scouting combine in February.'

Marker For Evans, Waiting Is The Hardest Part [2:23 PM]
Madison Capital Times reports: 'He has proved to NFL personnel once and for all that his knee is fine. Not only did he return to form during his senior season in 2003, he produced a 40-yard dash time of 4.41 seconds and a vertical leap of 35 inches at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis in February.'

Marker The Best Of A Bad Situation [2:22 PM]
Madison Capital Times reports: 'NFL scouts seem to think so. Although the 5-foot-11 Evans, who visited Buffalo, Pittsburgh and his hometown Cleveland Browns last month, isn't as tall as the other highly regarded receivers, he ran the fastest 40-yard dash time in the group (4.41 seconds) and scored the highest on the Wonderlic intelligence test (27).'

Marker Browns like Evans, but not in 1st round [2:20 PM]
Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: 'Instead, Evans returned to school for his senior year and tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the spring game. He underwent two surgeries, but in the midst of his rehab, he was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and placed on probation for a year.'

Marker Evans' roller coaster about to end [2:16 PM]
Fox Sports reports: '"Last week, going on all those visits, it gave me a boost of confidence just to hear NFL personnel saying so many good things, but you can't get caught up too much in that. The way I look at it is that there's not too much I can do now. I did everything I had to do, ran at the combines, testing, and all that, and now it's time for them to make their decision. Emotionally, it's a roller coaster. Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down."'

Marker Bills select WR Evans with 13th pick in NFL draft [2:13 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Evans made a successful retrurn from a torn ACL in his left knee in 2002 and had 64 catches for 1,213 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.'

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