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Live Blogging on Day 2 of the Draft


Live Blogging on Day 2 of the Draft
6:05 p.m. -- The temperature is up to 77 degrees. It has risen steadily since the draft began. I hope some of you people got out on the golf course today. I'm thinking of playing nine holes in the morning.


5:59 p.m. -- Bills have made their pick in the seventh round. What else? Another cornerback: Ellis Lankster of West Virginia. I guess you can never have enough defensive backs. It's worth noting that Terrence McGee will be a free agent after this season. They took Leodis McKelvin in the first round last year and also drafted Reggie Corner. They took Jairus Byrd in the second round in this draft. Looks like they're bolstering the secondary in case McGee goes the same route as Jabari Greer.

5:40 p.m. -- Seventh round is under way. I'm underwhelmed. Still no Drew Willy. It's probably best for the former UB star if he doesn't get drafted now. That way, he can pick his spots as an undrafted and try out with a team where he has a decent chance to make a roster -- even on a practice squad. He might have a better chance at making an NFL roster next season than J.P. Losman. Losman is still out there and there doesn't seem to be much interest. Not surprising.

4:26 p.m. -- Russ Brandon is a big basketball fan. Brandon grew up in Syracuse and is a huge fan or the Orange. I'll have to ask if he's watching the Bulls-Celtics game, which is late in overtime.

4:22 p.m. -- Bills take Cary Harris, cornerback out of USC. That makes back-to-back Harrises for the Bills . Don't know much about Harris. He wasn't ranked very highly among defensive backs. I have a question. Did every member of that USC team get drafted?

4:14 p.m. -- Allen Wilson points out that the Bills have drafted four players they intend to move to new positions in the NFL: Harris, Eric Wood (center to guard), Jairus Byrd (cornerback to safety) and Andy Levitre (tackle to guard). Versatility is nice, but it's no easy thing for a rookie to learn a new position at the NFL level. Again, at times you'd be led to believe this team was rebuilding.

4:07 p.m. -- Bills seem to have a thing for moving players to new positions. Their fifth-round pick, Nic Harris, played safety at Oklahoma. The Bills plan to use him at linebacker. Harris is 6-2, 234 pounds. Are we looking at another Keith Ellison here? Dick Jauron has a thing for smaller, quicker defenders, but it hasn't been a rousing success during his time in Buffalo. They're weak at outside linebacker and I'm not sure this makes them appreciably better.

3:50 p.m. -- Celtics and Bulls are in overtime. Somehow, the Bulls allowed Ray Allen to get wide open behind the three-point line and he nailed a three to tie it. Great series. Shoot me, but it's a tad more compelling that who gets drafted in the fifth round.

3:47 p.m. -- Nate Davis of Ball State goes to the 49ers in the fifth round. UB's Drew Willy is still on the board. I wasn't that impressed with Davis in the MAC championship game, but he had an amazing career. I'm not pleased to see that Chase Daniel, who had such a great college career at Missouri, isn't considered an NFL prospect and probably won't be drafted. You can't tell me Drew Willy is better than Daniel.

2:10 p.m. -- Most interesting pick of the draft so far is Miami taking West Virginia quarterback Pat White with the 44th overall pick. The Dolphins insist they intend to play White at QB, which means the "Wildcat" offense will be even more dynamic next season. White is a sensational talent, but scouts questioned his ability to play QB at the next level. If Bill Parcells thought White was worth the pick, who am I to question him? Parcells has more credibility than the guys running the Bills draft.

1:23 p.m. -- Bills use the 121st pick of the draft to select Shawn Nelson, a tight end out of Southern Mississippi. Nelson was rated the 44th-best talent in the draft by Mel Kiper. Bills scouts are in the room and say he's very athletic with skills in the vertical game. They called him "light in the pants", which is today's top cliche. He is 6-5 and was 240 pounds at the combine. They'd like him to get up to 250 by the start of the season. Sounds like this kid is going to do some eating.

He's a legit 4.5 in the 40. Should be a legitimate threat down the field. Nelson's blocking leaves something to be desired. But this fills a crying need for a tight end who can stretch defenses.

1 p.m. -- We're five picks away from the Bills and lunch has been served. I'm not a fan of starting the draft at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Of course, I'm not a big fan of the draft period. I especially loathe the second day.

Anyway, it's amazing what a wide variance of opinion there is on the Bills' first day. A lot of fans hate it. They felt the Bills should have addressed their needs at outside linebacker, offensive tackle and tight end. It's a valid criticism. But apparently, the Bills felt they had more pressing needs and feel better about some of their players than the public does.

Some of the national experts think the Bills did a good job. ESPN's Todd McShay said Buffalo had one of the best drafts on Day One. The general feeling is the Bills addressed two big needs -- defensive end and O line.

It looks like Langston Walker is going to start at left tackle. They think he's a better pass blocker than Jason Peters. I don't. But we'll see how Walker holds up at the most important position on the O line.

The Bills clearly believe that Derek Fine, their draft pick from a year ago, has big upside at tight end. Outside linebacker? They have to do better than Keith Ellison, and Kawika Mitchell is below average in my opinion. They signed Pat Thomas to a one-year deal. But Thomas was a backup last year on a bad Kansas City defense. Maybe the Bills will sign a free agent linebacker. Freddie Keiaho, who started the last two years for Indy, is still out there and would fit in the Bills' scheme.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 29, 2009

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