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Bills Daily 2003 Draft Board

Here is the Bills final draft board for the class of 2003. The links in each player's name takes you to expert analysis about the player. Check out our player capsules for each of the Bills selections and our final grade!

Round Pick Overall Pos. Player College
  1   23   23 RB Willis McGahee Miami
  2   16   48 DE Chris Kelsay Nebraska
  3   30   94 LB Angelo Crowell Virginia
  4   14  111 DB Terrence McGee Northwestern State
  4   30  127* WR Sam Aiken North Carolina
  5   16  151 OG Ben Sobieski Iowa
  6   14  187 DT Lauvele Sape Utah
  7   14  228 MLB Mario Haggan Mississippi State

*-acquired in trade with Green Bay in exchange for swapping third round picks

2003 DRAFT CAPSULES

1) RB Willis McGahee 6-0, 223, 4.45 - McGahee has rare talent and has the total package.He has a great combination of size, speed, and strength. He's a breakaway runner who has great ability to break tackles. He is very diligent and motivated with high character. He has good muscle development and is a creative runner who uses his blocks well. He is not conisdered to be a good run blocker or polished as a receiver. He would have been a top five pick before blowing out his knee in January. Way ahead of schedule on his rehab but he may end up sitting out the entire season on IR while his knee heals since the team is loaded at the position.

2) DE Chris Kelsay 6-4, 273, 4.72 - Kelsay is a high motor guy who most people thought he'd go in round one. He has above average speed, athletic ability and explosive acceleration. Has a few different looks as a pass rusher and is a good run stopper always finding ways to bring down ball carriers. Has good hands, and good foot work techniques. A knock on him is not being able to move well in traffic. He may have dropped because he missed playing time last year with a hamstring injury. He had 12 sacks in the past two seasons. He may have a chance to earn a starting job at a weak position for the Bills.

3) LB Angelo Crowell 6-0, 236, 4.74 - Crowell is the brother of former Lions WR Germaine Crowell. He is considered a little small to play inside but may struggle outside because he lacks great speed. Is another great motor player who is tough, instinctive and hard nosed. Good special teams player and very intelligent. Plays better than his skills. Not a great tackler. More of a read and react player then a hole plugger. Is flexible enought to play all three backer positions but will probably start as a backup in hte middle. Will see playing time on special teams this year.

4) DB Terrence McGee Northwestern State 5-9, 201, 4.57 - A versatile defensive back with experience returning both punts and kickoffs in college. Has experience playing both cornerback and free safety. Excels in zone coverage and can play the deep zone. Has very good hands and has the good jumping ability to challenge the receiver for the ball at the highest point. Has patience durring the return to wait for his blocks to develop. Sometimes lacks agression and needs to work on taking better angles on receivers in the open space. May see kickoff return duties this year for the Bills as well as being in the mix for DB in extra DB situations.

4) WR Sam Aiken North Carolina 6-2, 209, 4.65 - This year's Senior Bowl offensive MVP, Aiken is known as a receiver who will go over the middle and make the catch in traffic. Has experience as a return man for both punts and kickoffs and was also on kick/punt coverage teams at North Carolina. Has good vertical leaping ability. Lack explosive speed, hurting his potential in the vertical passing game. Is susceptible to being caught from behind after the catch. Will likely be in the mix for some time in extra receiver sets this season and the Bills will take advantage of his special teams experience.

5) OG Ben Sobieski Iowa 6-5, 307, 4.99 - Sobieski is a big offensive lineman who has seen action at right guard. A starter in 1998, his career was hampered by shoulder injuries and last year he had groin problems. When healthy he shows good technique and power but missed two seasons at Iowa due to injury and has not started since 1998. If he can put his injury problems behind him he could provide offensive line depth for the Bills.

6) DT Lauvale Sape Utah 6-1, 297, 5.21 - Sape is a capable nose tackle who started every game in his senior year at Utah. He has the ability to get upfield and make plays in the backfield, but has had a history of minor injuries and needs to be pushed by the coaching staff. A native of Samoa, English is not actually his first language. His ability to have an impact with the Bills depends on his ability to bring his game to the next level.

7) MLB Mario Haggan 6-3, 2.52, 4.88 - Athletic linebacker with good upper body strength. Good tackler. Team leader with good intangibles. Smart player. Also played defensive end in college but is likely too small to play there in the pros. Plays much better closer to the line and can struggle in man to man coverage. Lacks speed to the sideline. May see time on special teams with the Bills.


2003 DRAFT GRADE
This is a tough draft to grade it all depends on how McGahee recovers from his knee injury. He could have a hall of fame career and become a steal at #23 or a bust. The team did fill a big need in the second round of the draft. On day two they drafted versatile players who will fill holes in the depth chart. It's tough to grade a draft right after it happens but we'll give it a shot. They took a huge gamble but did manage to fill their basic needs in the draft but in the process created some controversy that threatens to hurt team chemistry. Grade: C+. If you count Bledsoe, since they gave up their original number one for him, the grade rises to a B.

McGahee Commentary Article
Our Complete Draft Analysis
Bills Daily Draft Preview Article
Our Bills Seven Round Mock Draft

DRAFT LINKS
All Pro Scouting New!
Ask The Commish draft Tracker New!
NFL Draft Countdown New!
The Red Zone
About NFL Draft Coverage - A listing of many draft sites.
Two Bills Drive Mock Draft Report - A listing of Bills' picks in various mock drafts.
NFL Draft Central - ESPN.com's site for draft day. New!
Mel Kiper's Site - His site on ESPN.com.
NFL.com Draft Coverage - The league's official site.
CBS Sportsline Draft Coverage - Affiliated with official league's site.
Fox Sports Draft Site
Draft 2003 - Nice, constantly updated site. New!
TFY Draft Preview
Pro Football Weekly New!
NFL Draft Blitz - Draft page.
KFFL's Draft Site
Football.com - Draft page.
Football's Future Draft Coverage
Fantasy Insights draft order.



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