Bills management talks draft
Lary Bump
Lary Bump

Posted Apr 17, 2003


Tom Donahoe and Tom Modrak spoke with the media today, and told us exactly whom the Bills will draft.

Well, no, they didn’t. But I’d like to think they left us some clues.

For example, to illustrate a point using the name of a small college, Modrak dropped the name of Bethune-Cookman. In most years, that would have no significance. But this off-season, one of the defensive backs who could be a first-day draft pick by the Bills is Bethune-Cookman’s Rashean Mathis.

When asked specifically about Mathis, Modrak said, “He’s a good player. He’s an athlete, a good person. Is that general enough?”

In fact, neither Tom offered specific information about players unless asked about specific players.

The position where they fielded the most questions was the defensive line. Buffalo’s first draft pick, 23rd overall, could be a D-lineman.

Miami’s Jerome McDougle? Modrak: “He’s quick on the pass rush, but won’t be a liability against the run.”
College teammate William Joseph? Modrak: “He gives you a push inside. When he needs to crank it up, he’s good at it.”

Nebraska Chris Kelsay? Modrak: “He’s strong for his size, a warrior who goes hard.”

Texas A&M’s Ty Warren? Modrak: “He’s a very athletic big man who can play inside or outside.”

Ohio State’s Kenny Peterson? Modrak: “He has played both tackle and end. It depends on what the defense is, and that’s not a bad thing.”

Donahoe did point to areas where the Bills might be seeking help with their seven draft picks. Sort of, anyway.

“Any time you look at a football team, you’re always trying to add quality big people on either side of the ball. And we could still use depth in the secondary, at wide receiver and running back. There’s probably not any area you could look at and say, ‘This is an area there isn’t a chance they would look at.’”

Anyway, we’re preparing to welcome Rashean Mathis and Kenny Peterson to Buffalo.



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