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Bills Daily 2004 Draft Board

Here is the Bills final draft board for the class of 2004. 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   13   13 WR Lee Evans Wisconsin
  1   22   22* QB J.P. Losman Tulane
  3   11   74 DT Tim Anderson Ohio St.
  4   13  109 TE Tim Euhus Oregon State
  7   6  207* OT Dylan McFarland Montana
  7   13  214 WR Jonathan Smith Georgia Tech

*-acquired from Dallas for this year's 3rd round pick (43rd overall), fifth round pick (144th overall) and next year's first round pick.
*-acquired from Detroit in last year's Olandis Gary trade

2004 DRAFT CAPSULES

1) WR Lee Evans 5-10 7/8, 197, 4.38 - Evans is a top flight speed receiver in the Peerless Price mold. Evans has the speed to stretch defenses, something that was missing on last year's team. Evans did have a serious torn ligaments in his knee in 2002 but came back last year and played well. His downfall is his height, he is on the short side but has great, strong hands and is an above average blocker. Is a good route runner who knows how to shake tackles as well. Will be the number four man right away and could be the third receiver by opening day.. He will play in numerous four receiver set at the very least.

1) QB J.P. Losman 6-2 1/4, 224, 4.68 - The Bills paid a high price to get Losman. He is the QB they feel will be the future of the franchise. He has excellent arm strength and puts great velocity on the football. He has some speed and mobility but hasn't played well in inclement weather this point in his career. He has been known to take sacks in his career but does know how to elude a pass rush. His vision and awareness his solid.

3) DT Tim Anderson 6-3 1/8, 307, 5.01 - Anderson is a tough, competitive football player with a great work ethic. He is considered underrated by some and is a solid tackler who can rush the passer. Needs to tone up his physical appearance some but has excellent instincts. He will be depth this year and insurance if the team loses Pat Williams in free agency next year.

4) TE Tim Euhus Oregon State 6-4, 247, 4.73 - A pass-catching tight end considered a good all-around athlete. Also lettered in basketball at Oregon State. A team leader who runs hard, he can add aditional weight without a loss of speed. Has good relationship with the quarterback and knows when to come back to help a passer on the run. Could add more bulk and strength to help improve blocking.

7) OT Dylan McFarland Montana 6-5 7/8, 304, 5.26 - McFarland has tremendous size and potential. He needs to add bulk but is a flexible player who can play anywhere on the line. He comes from a division 1AA program and will need time to adjust to the pro game. He will be a project for Jim McNally to groom. Won't be asked to do much this year, maybe headed to the practice squad, or used as lower level depth on the line.

7) WR Jonathan Smith Georgia Tech 5-10, 189, 4.62 - Smith is a small receiver who may project as more of a return man for the Bills than a wide receiver. He has good change of direction ability that led to a a nearly 12 yard average on punt returns. He was a running back in 2002 before converting to wide receiver. He has good physical presence despite lack of size and good speed and upfield thrust. Best chance of making the team is as a returner.


2004 DRAFT GRADE
The Bills definitely gambled on draft day and the grade all hinges on if J.P. Losman is worth the three picks given up to get him. We won't know the answer to that for a few years but we think he will be well worth it. The Bills swapped a second rounder to move up and get him and it cost them a fifth rounder this year, and next year's one. That is the big one, but the Bills would have drafted a QB in the first round next year anyway if they didn't get their man this year. Evans is a perfect fit for what they needed at Wide Receiver and Anderson is a tough player from a solid program who will play better than given credit for. Day two is a crap shoot. Euhus may be a good receiving tight end but they needed more of a blocker. McFarland is from a small school but with proper coaching could be a good find. Smith may be a throwaway pick. Grade: A-.

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