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BDC 4/29: Bills 2013 NFL Draft Recap

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on April 29, 2013 – 9:41 am

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DAILY REPORT
–The Buffalo Bills selected Florida St. QB E.J. Manuel (1st round – 16th overall), USC WR Robert Woods (2nd round – 41st overall), Oregon LB Kiko Alonso (2nd round – 46th overall), Texas WR Marquise Goodwin (3rd round – 78th overall), Nevada DB Duke Williams (4th round – 105th overall), DB Jonathan Meeks (5th round – 143rd overall), Florida St. K Dustin Hopkins (6th round – 177th overall) and Arkansas TE Chris Gragg (7th round – 222nd overall) with their eight draft selections in the 2013 NFL Draft.

TODAY’S INTERVIEWS
6:25 AM – Head Coach Doug Marrone – Brady and Lang in the Morning (Fan 590 – Toronto Listen Here)

8:05 AM – GM Buddy Nix – The Howard Simon Show (WGR 550 Listen Here)

8:10 AM – President and CEO Russ Brandon – Janet and Nick in the Morning (KISS 98.5 Listen Here)

8:20 AM – President and CEO Russ Brandon – The Break Room (96.5 WCMF)

10:15 AM – Head Coach Doug Marrone – Schein on Sports (SIRIUSXM)

4:45 PM – Head Coach Doug Marrone – NBC Universal Radio

5:00 PM – GM Buddy Nix – Movin’ the Chains (SIRIUSXM NFL Radio)

5:25 PM – GM Buddy Nix – Prime Time Sports (Fan 590 – Toronto)

PHOTOS OF THE DAY
Draft room
Inside the Bills 2013 Draft Room – President and CEO Russ Brandon, GM Buddy Nix, Head Coach Doug Marrone and Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley.
Field shot
First-round draft selection QB E.J. Manuel holds a football on the turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium field alongside Head Coach Doug Marrone, GM Buddy Nix and President and CEO Russ Brandon.
Draft party
Bills CB Stephon Gilmore and S Da’Norris Searcy pose for a picture with fans inside the team’s BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Zone Fieldhouse locker room during the Thursday night draft day party.

 QUOTES OF THE DAY FROM THE POST-DRAFT PRESS CONFERENCE
On the team’s 2013 Draft class:
We felt like we stayed with the board. Everybody says that. Everybody says they do not draft for need, but basically you do some. Everybody does some. We stayed with our grades and we think we filled a bunch of holes. It remains to be seen if…we feel good about it. We think we got them at the right position and we think they are good players.” – Bills General Manager Buddy Nix

On adding players with speed and versatility:
I think that I said it before when you look at the picks you are looking at players who have a lot of speed. I was brought up in this profession with (Syracuse) Coach MacPherson and even when I was younger my high school coach. I was taught follow speed. I think the versatility is important because I think when you have versatility within the players then you can get the best people on the field. That is everywhere except the quarterback position, where there is just one position for that.” – Head Coach Doug Marrone

On drafting QB EJ Manuel:
“I’m excited about it. I know our fans are as well. We’ve heard a lot about it for many, many years. Looking forward to having EJ (Manuel) in the mix coming in to compete and watching his growth and maturity in the organization is exciting. It’s exciting for all of us. I’m excited about the entire process. The entire draft and what still lies ahead in the next few hours when it comes to college free agency. We still have a lot of work to get done, but I’m very pleased with what’s been done to date.” – Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon

 DAILY LINKS

 Buffalo News: Bills take a chance on Rogers | Bills think safety first at draft’s end | Bills’ draft reflects Marrone’s need for speed | Passing of GM torch not likely in near future | Writer of uncommon grace connected with a common touchFelser showed what it meant to be a pro | Speaking of Larry Felser | Tasker and Kelly pass chemistry test on Sirius | Bills go for playmakers at receiver, linebacker | Manuel feels kinship with Buffalo | Later-round picks seal a team’s fate

Rochester D&C: Buffalo Bills add the ‘wow’ in draft | Buffalo Bills address needs in second, third rounds

Associated Press: Tennessee Tech WR Rogers agrees to sign with Bills | Bills turn to defensive need on final draft day | Rookie QB Manuel has ties to Bills famed past | Bills draft 2 WRs as new-look offense takes shape

Toronto Sun: Bills had good gut feelings about 2 troubled draft picks | Bills grab two receivers, linebacker on Day 2  | Manuel family strengthened by values, faith

CNNSI Monday Morning Quarterback: Peter King: “Doug Marrone did what he had to do”

 Yahoo! Sports-Secrecy helps Bills land E.J. Manuel, perhaps long-awaited return to postseason

Los Angeles Times-USC receiver Robert Woods selected by Buffalo Bills

Dallas Morning News-Texas Longhorns WR Marquise Goodwin didn’t think he’d be drafted Friday

 BuffaloBills.com: Manuel excited about his fit in Bills offense | Speed and versatility personified in Bills draft class | S Williams, Buffalo’s first pick on Day 3 | Bills double up at safety with Meeks in round 5 | 6th round K Hopkins another FSU alum | Bills cap draft with TE-H-back Gragg | Chris Gragg: ”I knew I was the most explosive tight end” | Buddy Nix, Doug Marrone comment on Bills 2013 Draft | Russ Brandon: ”I’m very pleased with what’s been done to date” | Duke Williams: ”I was really versatile [at Nevada]” | Jonathan Meeks: ”I just fell in love with the defense” | Dustin Hopkins: ”I’m confident in what I can do” | Strong bond between Manuel and Bills Hall of Famer | Bills land WR Woods on day two | Bills add athletic LB Alonso with 46th pick | Speedster WR Goodwin added in round three | Robert Woods: ”I’m ready and willing to go against each and every corner in the league” | EJ Manuel: ”I expect to come in and compete” | Kiko Alonso: ”I feel like I can play any spot in [the Bills] system” | Marquise Goodwin: ”People underestimate me as a complete football player”  | Buddy Nix and Doug Marrone comment on Day Two Draft picks

Smithtown Patch-From Gold’s Gym Trainer to NFL Hopeful

 Tallahassee Democrat-FSU’s first-round picks love their new homes

Orange County Register-USC’s Woods to team with Manuel in Buffalo

 Eugene Register Guard-Kiko Alonso’s the latest Duck to hear his name called in the 2013 NFL Draft

Portland Oregonian-Oregon Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso exceeds expectations

 San Jose Mercury News-Buffalo Bills take former Los Gatos star Kiko Alonso

 Austin American Statesman-Goodwin goes to Bills in 3rd round

 Reno Gazette Journal-Pack’s Williams, Wooten picked in Draft

Greenville News-Meeks is stalking, not waiting

Men’s Health-STEVIE JOHNSON: NFL BAD BOY

 Lockport Union Sun & Journal-Bills draft a step in the right direction

 Canandaigua Daily Messenger-Evaluating the rest of Buffalo’s draft class

 Auburn Citizen-Bills add speed on offense, pick up defensive help

 Niagara Gazette-The voice of the fans

Audio/Video/Photo Clip 

BuffaloBills.com
NFL Network experts debate Manuel pick | Bills Roundup: Draft Day Three Recap | Nix and Marrone recap the draft | Chris Gragg Conference Call | Evaluating Buffalo Bills’ draft | Dustin Hopkins Conference Call | Darrell Moody on Safety Jonathan Meeks | Jonathan Meeks Conference Call | Duke Williams Conference Call | Brad Forsyth on Safety Duke Williams | Bills Roundup: Draft Day Two Recap | Nix and Marrone on Day Two Picks | Marquise Goodwin Conference Call | Kiko Alonso Conference Call | Robert Woods Conference Call | 2013 Draft profile: ILB Kiko Alonso, Oregon | 2013 Draft profile: Wide Receiver Robert Woods, USC | Bills Focus: EJ Manuel 1-on-1 Sit-Down Interview | EJ Manuel Introductory Press Conference | Jim Kelly on EJ Manuel | Draft Party Recap | EJ Manuel Says He’s Proud to be a Bill | Jimbo Fisher Says EJ Manuel is a Winner | The John Murphy Show April 26 | Jim Kelly Says E.J. Manuel is a Keeper  | E.J. Manuel Welcome to Buffalo Press Conference

WGR 550
Bills draft assessment | Bills Go Safety in 4th and 5th Rounds; Kicker in the 6th | Nix likes Bills’ draft, I think | Bills Take WR Woods On Day 2 | Bills Address LB Need, Take Alonso in 2nd Round | Bills Add Another WR

 NFL.com
Which rookie QB from the 2013 NFL Draft is in the best situation? | Did the Buffalo Bills reach for quarterback EJ Manuel? | Evaluating Buffalo Bills’ draft | Buffalo Bills draft WR Robert Woods No. 41 in 2013 NFL Draft

WKBW
Bills Brass on 2013 Draft | Bills take FSU kicker in the 6th Round | Bills add another safety in the 5th round of NFL Draft | Bills grab a safety in fourth round

 WGRZ
Bills Sign Da’Rick Rogers, Two Other Free Agents | Bills Add Defense in Final Rounds of Draft | Bills Draft: Day #2 | Bills Introduce EJ Manuel to Buffalo | Bills Select Quarterback EJ Manuel

WIVB
Bills wrap up draft week | Bills choose a linebacker with pick 46 | Bills grab a wide receiver | Tears of relief for Manuel in NFL draft | EJ Manuel arrives in Buffalo

 YNN
All eyes on Manuel | Bills Make Last and Final Draft Pick | Bills add two wideouts on second day of NFL Draft

WHAM
Bills draft speedy Texas WR Goodwin with 78th pick | Bills Take LB Kiko Alonso in Round 2 | Bills Take USC Wide Receiver Woods in Round 2

 Additional Clips

Inside The Bills

 Press Coverage (Buffalo News)
Da’Rick Rogers will control whether he’s a player or a flop | Bills draft picks could be legit Rookie of the Year candidates | Bills less likely to sign Karlos Dansby with Kiko Alonso in fold | Bills sign undrafted QB Jeff Tuel and WR Brandon Kaufman | Report: Bills to sign notable UFA in ex-Tennessee WR Da’Rick Rogers | Bills ‘very seriously’ considered drafting another quarterback | Russ Brandon says Buddy Nix will be Bills GM ‘for a long time’ | Video: Nix, Marrone on drafted players | Video: Day Three of NFL Draft | Bills ‘not concerned’ about Jairus Byrd, but preparing anyway | Bills snag Arkansas TE Chris Gragg in the seventh round | Selection of sixth-round kicker a bad sign for Rian Lindell | Bills draft safeties in numbers, take Jonathan Meeks in fifth round | Bills drawn to Duke Williams’ aggressiveness, versatility | Bills draft Duke Williams, another defender with suspensions | Top prospects who could fit Bills on Day Three

Scott Pitoniak.com
Time will tell if Bills finally got the QB position straightenned out with EJ Manuel

 ESPN AFC East Blog
Are Bills taking too many character risks?

 Around the League (NFL.com)
Karlos Dansby falling out of favor with Buffalo Bills?

Pro Football Talk
Draft review: Buffalo Bills | Bills sign troubled WR Da’Rick Rogers | Bills, Dolphins going young at kicker? | Could Bills still nab Nassib?

 Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills sign Da’Rick Rogers, hope to hit UDFA jackpot | 2013 Buffalo Bills depth chart update, post 2013 NFL Draft | Buffalo Bills 2013 NFL Draft approval ratings | Undrafted free agent signings 2013: tracking Buffalo Bills rumors | 2013 NFL Draft grades: how did the Buffalo Bills do? | 2013 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills pick Chris Gragg | 2013 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills pick Dustin Hopkins | 2013 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills pick Jonathan Meeks | 2013 NFL Draft results: Buffalo Bills pick Duke Williams

Buffalo Sports Daily
Final Thoughts On Bills 2013 Draft Class


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