ESPN.com's mock draft: first round [12:53 PM]
ESPN reports: NFL mock draft, conducted by John Clayton, Greg Garber, Chris Mortensen, Mel Kiper, ESPN coordinating producer Howie Schwab, ESPN.com AFC columnist Mark Cannizzaro, ESPN.com NFC columnist Tom Oates, and ESPN.com NFL editors Joe Lago and Peter Lawrence-Riddell. Cannizaro has the Bills taking Miami's Damione Lewis at 14, "a guy the Jets love." Cannizaro covers the Jets for a NY paper; why would he think the Bills would love him too?
Dolphins sign free agent T Marcus Spriggs [12:52 PM]
AP reports: "With free agent left tackle Richmond Webb in limbo, the Miami Dolphins plucked tackle Marcus Spriggs from AFC East rival Buffalo. Spriggs signed a two-year contract on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed."
Trading down might be teams' best option [12:46 PM]
ESPN reports: "Normally, the thought of trading out of the top five of the draft is shameful. Trading down usually was a sellout. Though draftees are paid in accordance to their selection, what might be good for the budget may not be good for the personnel."
Kiper: Risers, fallers and sleepers [12:44 PM]
ESPN reports: "Following are alphabetical lists of prospects who have appeared on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board throughout the 2001 season. For months, Mel has been evaluating these prospects, with the 2001 NFL draft in view."
Kiper: Risers, fallers and sleepers [12:42 PM]
ESPN reports: "Following are a few lists that indicate how some players are being viewed going into this weekend's draft.."
Look high and low in the draft [12:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Inside the War Room, Adams and his staff will be charged with providing on-the-spot information and advice to general manager Tom Donahoe, head coach Gregg Williams and his assistants. Obviously, they need to follow what other teams are doing so they know who is available."
Players remember Draft Day [12:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "One current Bill who didn't have to worry about getting selected but where he would be picked was receiver Peerless Price. Price, who was a member of the the University of Tennessee's national championship season in 1999, had been persued by several NFL clubs and been touted as a first-round pick, heightening his expectations on Draft day..."
Putting him to the test: Mel Kiper [12:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Writers at buffalobills.com examined Kiper's picks from 2000 to examine how accurately his picks predict the actual draft day order as well as how his picks match up in terms of performances last season."
Behind the scenes at the NFL Draft [12:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "The 14th pick in the first round's a good pick, but you don't know what the teams in front of you are going to do, what trades that might be involved," Donahoe said. "There's always some speculation, and we'll play some games where we may do some mock drafts and see if certain teams take certain players..."
Bills could try to tackle a defensive lineman [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's not hard to find the most glaring need for the Buffalo Bills entering Saturday's NFL Draft. Look no further than the defensive line, where the Bills have only two proven starters - end Phil Hansen and tackle Pat Williams.'
Forty times are bogus in the NFL [11:24 PM]
Fox Sports reports: Dwight Adams puts the hammer down on what appears to be a big scam perpetrated on draftniks around the country... bogus forty yard dash times. Adams said, "The 40 is a common denominator in football, but itís blown way out of proportion. Itís physically impossible to run a 4.2 and, probably, a 4.3."
NFL Draft Is a Guessing Game [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'The AP's Dave Goldberg has the Bills taking DT Marcus Stroud.'
Tuesday Morning Quarterback: Mockery Draft [10:06 AM]
Slate.com reports: The always amusing Gregg Easterbrook does it again, spoofing everything from Michael Vick to the China Crisis. With the 14th pick, the Buffalo Bills select: "Bruce Smith, Washington Redskins. Wow, if the Bills ever got hold of a player like this, they'd never let him go..."
Business as usual for Bills in draft [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"All I'm concerned with when it's all said and done is that we have a player in the right area for the Buffalo Bills," said Donahoe. "The most important thing is to get the player right."'
Bills draft preview [12:48 PM]
USA Today reports: Buffalo's draft strategy, needs, and rumors summarized.
Bills - Third toughest schedule according to Hoge [9:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 3. Buffalo Bills: They have two divisional games (Dolphins and Colts) -- who also happen to be their biggest rivals -- on the road back-to-back. Then they host the Steelers, who've given them fits for decades.
Jack Elway dies of apparent heart attack [3:00 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Jack Elway retired last year as the Broncos' director of pro scouting.
Bills seek backup QB in draft [5:08 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have four of the top 95 picks in the draft and will address pressing needs on the offensive and defensive lines and at cornerback.'
Wilson should quit carrying grudges and look ahead [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The customers have turned the page. So should the owner.'
When it comes to draft Donahoe doesn't doze [5:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'Armed with the 14th pick in the first round, 10 picks overall and a track record that can match or beat that of any talent evaluator in the game today -- including John Butler, the man he replaced -- Donahoe is promising Bills' fans he will deliver.'
Off the record, Bills GM Donahoe is a pretty funny guy [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Partly to stop the jumping to conclusions, to help the media understand the organization's thinking, and to show that he isn't as dull as his TV persona, the personable Donahoe is hosting some informal off-the-record luncheons with the media.'
Flutie-Johnson duel gets a long buildup [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'As if fans weren't already excited about next season's game between the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers, the National Football League is going to make them wait nearly half the season to see it.'
Circle that date! [5:34 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has known for some time where he wants to his exact his revenge, now he knows when.'
Bills open with challenges [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills' first three games are against teams that made the playoffs -- New Orleans, Miami and Indianapolis -- and with the latter two on the road, the Bills will be hard-pressed to get off to a good start.'
Games with the best storylines in 2001 [11:39 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson continues to take shots at former Bills GM John Butler, who bolted to San Diego for more money. Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson couldn't get along in Buffalo, so the first thing Flutie would love to do is stab Johnson in the back by winning on his native California turf.'
Johnson-Flutie showdown set for Oct. 28 when Bills travel to San Diego [8:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Two of the Bills games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN: at Jacksonville on Oct. 18, marking only the second time Buffalo has played on a Thursday night, and at San Francisco on Dec. 2.'
First glimpse at Bills schedule [1:37 PM]
Shout! reports: 'The NFL schedule will be out today. Here's what we know now. The Bills will play at Miami on in Week 2 at 1:00. The Jets will be in Buffalo on Oct. 7 at 1:00 and The Bills go to NY on the last game of the year on Dec. 30 at 4:05'
Mock Draft Board: Round 1 [1:08 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 14: Bills, Marcus Stroud, DT Georgia
Stroud is not the 14th-best player, but he is what the Bills need in terms of size and strength at defensive tackle. Why wait?
Full Speed Ahead (Team Report) [10:52 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rob Johnson is making excellent progress in his quest to learn the new West Coast offense that Williams is installing... Johnson threw the ball well and seemed to have a grasp on what was going on. Since then, he has shone brightly in meetings and throwing sessions and Williams is excited about the way he has picked things up.'
CNNSI.com's 2001 NFL Mock Draft [10:49 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Buffalo Bills 8-8, Damione Lewis DT Miami (Fla.); Bills need a replacement for departed NT Washington.'
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