Willis McGahee says he can be another Emmitt Smith [5:16 AM]
Portland State University Vanguard reports: 'Consider that he tore his anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, three of the four that hold his left knee together. And the fourth, the lateral collateral, he blew out in 1999 when he was in high school.'
Undrafted Free Agent Bio: QB Jason Johnson [10:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Two-year starter who was not afforded the luxury of operating behind a balanced offensive attack, as his teams did not have the featured running back the Wildcats were known for in the past
Undrafted Free Agent Bio: WR Paris Jackson [10:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Tremendously improved from first year … No. 2 at split end ("X" receiver) … tall and athletic … runs 4.60 40.
Undrafted Free Agent Bio: Ken Hilliard [10:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Possesses good size at 6-2 and 205 pounds… will be remembered for his game-saving interception in the late stages at Southern Miss, which propelled TCU into the galleryfurniture.com Bowl and, through a strange set of circumstances with the BCS rating system, helped Nebraska to a spot in the National Championship game vs. Miami.
Updated Buffalo Bills Roster [10:31 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Rookies Assigned Numbers: Willis McGahee (42), Terrence McGee (36) Angelo Crowell (54), Mario Haggan (53), Ben Sobieski (64), Lauvale Sape (66), Chris Kelsay (72), Sam Aiken (89)...
Sape, Freitas get their shots in the NFL [9:45 PM]
Honolulu Star Bulletin reports: '"This is shocking for me. I have wanted to play in the league for a long time and a lot of people didn't think I was going to get drafted," said Sape, a 6-foot-1, 297-pound defensive tackle who still calls Wahiawa home.'
Bills agree to terms with nine undrafted free agents [4:42 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms Monday with two wide receivers and two offensive tackles among nine undrafted free agents.'
Undrafted Free Agent: S Jerton Evans [3:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Four-year starter who is a hard-hitting safety playing with a linebacker's mentality … Has started 42 games during his career … Recorded 293 tackles (194 solos) with 8 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 13 deflected passes and 6 interceptions in 47 contests.
Undrafted Free Agent: LS Jon Dorenbos [3:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Pronounced: Dorn-bus…moved from linebacker to fullback in the spring.
Undrafted Free Agent: Offensive Tackle Gary Byrd [2:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Has a strong, thick frame with good foot balance, impressive strength and quickness out of his stance.
Haggan 'crushed' over seventh-round selection [1:45 PM]
Clarksdale Press Register reports: '"He's crushed," said Phillips referring to Haggan's late selection. "He thought he was a second-round pick. He's just crushed. There's nothing wrong with him. physically at all. This was a huge blow to him in many ways including financially."'
Donahoe finds another draft gem [1:16 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Besides, Buffalo's situation and McGahee's potential made grabbing him a bet too good to pass up. Especially since Donahoe placed it with found money.'
It’s too early to grade the Bills’ draft [1:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I don’t think it’s ever been detrimental in football to have depth and competition. For the people who are in personnel, that’s our job, to get as many good football players at as many positions as we can.” He concluded, “That (competition) sorts itself out. Sometimes it’s because of injuries and sometimes it sorts itself out as far as what a player can or can’t do. Some players rise to the occasion in a competitive situation ... and some don’t.”'
Bills Agree To Terms With 10 College Free Agents [12:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has agreed to terms with 10 undrafted college free agents.
Gary Byrd, OT, Clemson; Jon Dorenbas, LS, UTEP; Jerton Evans, S, Virginia; Anthony Floyd, S, Louisville; Ken Hilliard, CB. TCU; Paris Jackson, WR, Utah; Jason Johnson, QB, Arizona; Jerel Myers, WR, LSU; Justin Sands, OT, Kansas; Randy Thomas, TE, Wake Forest
Regarding Henry [12:48 PM]
CNNSI.com reports: It's a business, a tough business. Maybe they figure since you were the 58th pick in 2001, and if they can get 3,600 yards in three years out of you, and turn that into, say, the seventh player in 2004, they're making a great investment. Those are lots of maybes, but that's the only way this thing makes any sense to me at all.
On Shocking Picks and Christmas Ghosts [12:30 PM]
BillsDaily reports: Then the camera shot broke to Willis McGahee talking on the phone. Damn
telemarketers – a guy is waiting to be drafted on national TV and someone is trying to sell him vinyl siding – man, those guys are annoying. The Commissioner stepped up to the podium and said something that sounded
like it was in slow motion or in a huge tin can or both. He said that the Bills had taken Willis McGahee – the college phenom with the bum knee.
Draft report cards: How the 32 teams fared [10:28 AM]
CBSsportsline reports: General manager Tom Donahoe is one of the best in the business, but taking McGahee will be a decision that might haunt him. They re-grouped nicely to take Kelsay in the second round to help the pass rush.
Bills draft analysis [10:27 AM]
Sportingnews reports: It's a good thing the Bills didn't need a lot of immediate help because they didn't get much. The team pulled the surprise of the draft by selecting running back Willis McGahee in the first round. This was a questionable selection
McGahee pick is still talk of the town [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. said Sunday he had no idea the Bills would take McGahee until "about a half-hour before we made the pick."'
Bills improve, but so does rest of AFC East [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It should make for a heck of a race. The Bills are better, but they're not alone. Miami didn't have much of a draft, but it signed linebacker Junior Seau to play alongside Zach Thomas. The Dolphins allowed the fewest points in the conference last season and they're the best defense in the AFC East until someone proves differently.'
Aiken's awakening makes him quite a catch [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Aiken's NFL stock began to rise at the Senior Bowl. He had a great week of practice, showing he could get open against the best college cornerbacks. His strong week culminated in a six-catch, 69-yard outing that earned him offensive MVP honors for the South team.'
Northwestern State's McGee gets up on right side of the bed [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was in bed," he said during a conference call. "I heard the phone ring so I didn't get to watch it on TV. I was happy. I didn't really expect it."'
Q&A with Ben Sobieski [8:06 AM]
Iowa City Press Citizen reports: '[Q:] In what round do you think you will be picked? [A:] I've heard as early as late in the third round. But I think a lot of teams have me fourth through sixth. My agent says that he's had guys rated fourth through sixth before and some of them end up in the second round and some of them have ended up as free agents.'
Sobieski puts injuries behind [8:04 AM]
Iowa City Press Citizen reports: 'Sobieski missed all of 1999 after having shoulder surgery. He sat out the next season following an operation on his other shoulder. Sobieski saw limited action in 2001. He was bothered by hamstring and neck injuries.'
Kelsay shuffling off to Buffalo [8:01 AM]
Omaha World Herald reports: 'The cell phone rings, and Kelsay moves forward in his seat. It's the Bills, they're on the clock, and they want Kelsay. They say they like his motor. Kelsay responds with a rapid series of, "Yes sirs." Five minutes later, he hangs up and lets out a deep sigh. "I'm a Buffalo Bill."'
GM's rep makes McGahee pick credible [7:46 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'For now, I'm figuring Donahoe will put together something McGahee would accept that fits the Bills' short- and long-term needs. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. He deserves it.'
Dorenbos rises from tragedy [7:18 AM]
ESPN reports: '" Even on tape," said St. Louis Rams special teams coach Bobby April, "it's clear the guy is amazing. He's the best I've seen this year. And he might be the best in a lot of years, maybe among the top guys I've ever seen. I know we won't take him, because we used a draft pick (in 2002) on our snapper (Chris Massey), and he's excellent. But I'll tell you, Dorenbos is something else, he really is, man."'
Bills' brain trust cool, and focused [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo’s receivers coach, Fred Graves, compared Aiken to the Bills’ second-round choice of a year ago, Josh Reed, in that he has similar speed and run-after-catch attributes.'
McGahee or Henry? It's trouble [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'We all know there’s only one football. Let the new soap opera begin.'
Bills say agent had no say on their plan [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills claimed they were hardly duped. “I’ve known Drew Rosenhaus for 20 years,” GM Tom Donahoe said. “Drew does a great job for his clients. But as good as Drew does his job as an agent, he doesn’t do our job. There’s nothing that he said that had any influence on our decision. We made our decision based on the ability of Willis McGahee and the medical information that we had.”'
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