--Playing in the AFC East vs. good quarterbacks, led by Tom Brady, the Bills set out to replenish their cornerback talent and did so in taking Stephon Gilmore (South Carolina) in the first round and Ron Brooks (LSU) in the fourth. Can Gilmore, selected 10th overall, challenge for a starting job as a rookie? "No question about it. No question, yes," coach Chan Gailey said. Gilmore is the latest piece in Buffalo overhauling a defense that ranked 30th in points allowed. Stud defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson were taken in free agency. "They have a great defense and they are just looking for a piece to help them be an even better defense," Gilmore said. "I hope I am that piece and I am going to come in and work hard, like I said, and make plays to help my team win."
--It was the year of the trade in the NFL draft and while general manager Buddy Nix doesn't like to give away picks and move up or down, he did hand Washington one of Buffalo's two picks (71 to 69) in the seventh-round to move up a couple spots in Round 3 in order to take wide receiver T.J. Graham of North Carolina State. Why? "Well, we were worried he wouldn't be there," said Nix, inferring that Jacksonville may have taken Graham at No. 70. "We jumped out bold ... to move up two spots and gave up a seventh rounder. We're riverboat gamblers."
--Buffalo's second-round pick, left tackle Cordy Glenn, has arms that measure nearly 36 inches. Arm length is a critical measuring point in grading tackles, Nix indicated. "Huge wingspan," he said. "You've got a long way to run around him."
--The Bills acquired one of the draft's more inspirational players and a member of the All-Name Team in Tank Carder, a linebacker from TCU. The former BMX cycle champion who also overcame serious injuries in a car accident, earned his nickname as a baby. "A family friend started calling me 'Tank' and I responded to it," Carder said. "I was like 33 pounds when I was 18 months old." His given name? Ricky, Jr., after his dad.
--Top college football teammates say their goodbyes come the NFL draft. Buffalo picks Nigel Bradham and Zebrie Sanders might be apartment shopping together soon. Both were taken from Florida State, Bradham in the fourth round and Sanders in the fifth round. "Nigel is a great player," Sanders said. "We actually connected a little better because in the Senior Bowl we were roommates, too. It is crazy we will be on the same team. We have been together for a long time, but we were not really roommates in college. So I feel like just having a little more time to talk, we connected a lot more. He was always a good friend but we connected a little bit more because now we were roommates and talking. After every practice talking about what we did and what we can get better on."
--The Bills used their final pick, 251 overall, on Western Michigan kicker John Potter. They will consider him as a kickoff specialist. Potter had 36 touchbacks as a senior. "He kicks through the uprights kicking off," Nix said. "If you can put the ball in the end zone and make them start at the 20, it gives you a much better chance defensively. It's up to Chan (Gailey) to figure out how to put him on the 46 (game-day roster), but if he can do that, he's worth the pick." Buffalo hadn't drafted a kicker since John Nies in the sixth round (154) in 1990.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think football players are a lot like spouses; what looks good to one don't look good to another. Obviously he looked good to us and I'm glad he didn't look good to maybe some of the others." -- Bills national scout Darrell Moody on why Cordy Glenn, who had first-round grades, dropped to the second round.
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