Bills: Draft room Update


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.



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Inside the Bills 2013 Draft Room – President and CEO Russ Brandon, GM Buddy Nix, Head Coach Doug Marrone and Assistant General Manager Doug Whaley.

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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.


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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.



On how 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


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