Posluszny Introduced: Paul Posluszny said in his introduction press conference that he is very excited about the opportunity he has with the Bills but knows nothing will be handed to him. He knows he had to work hard in practice.
Lynch Introduced: Marshawn Lynch wanted to thank the Bills for the opportunity and feels he got lucky getting picked by the Bills in his introduction press conference. He appreciates the opportunity and being told by the owner that he's being brought in as the starter is a big accomplishment and he will work hard for it, knowing nothing will be handed to him.
Wilson Expects Top Two To Start: Ralph Wilson said in today's press conference that he expects both of the top two picks to come in and start. He said he talked to Marshawn Lynch and feels if he can play as good as his personality is, the team will have an outstanding running back. He feels the team was lucky in being able to get Lynch and Paul Posluszny.
Lynch, Posluszny Choose Numbers: Marshawn Lynch will wear number 23 with the Bills and Paul Posluszny will wear 51. That was announced as both players were introduced to the media today. Lynch wore 24 in college but that number wasn't available so he chose 23 over 29. Posluszny could have followed the path he did in college, taking Shane Conlan's number but he decided to go his own way with 51. He said don't read anything into it, he just liked that number best and while he respects Conlan and called it an honor to be compared to him, he decided he wants to do his own thing.
Report Says Five Signed: Now that the draft is over teams are working really hard to sign the top players not picked. WGR is reporting that the Bills have reached an agreement with five players so far, including two from the University of Florida. Those two were at positions of need, WR Jermalle Cornelius and CB Reggie Lewis. Various media reports also say that the Bills have signed Clemson CB Duane Coleman. Texas Southern S Stacey Thomas was reportedly added along with LSU K/P Chris Jackson. Coleman has a good burst and can change directions well but is undersized and can get pushed around. He was a solid special teams player. Lewis has strong body control but lacks ideal height at 5'10". Cornelius is on the smaller side to just a shade under 5'11". He has averaged speed and isn't a great route runner but can create separation in man to man coverage. Thomas had 114 tackles and five interceptions last year. Unofficial Undrafted Free Agent Signings
Modrak's Future: Asst. GM Tom Modrak's contract expires now that the draft is over and their has been speculation that he will leave. Marv Levy said he will discuss his future with him as early as today and said he's done a great job and they want to keep him and hope it works out favorably.
Jauron Feels They Can Win For A While: Dick Jauron said if they are right with their picks they are building to be a successful winning programs for more than just a couple of years. On the pick of Paul Posluszny, Jauron confirmed they would like him to play in the middle so Angelo Crowell can stay on the outside where he performed well last year. In order to help J.P. Losman succeed they need to help him out and they think they did with the two running backs. On the pick of Trent Edwards, they had to take him because he was rated very highly at a position they needed depth in. On the CB spot, he says its wide open to competition and they would like to see Ashton Youboty do well but he wouldn't count out Kiwaukee Thomas in winning the starting job. On John Wendling they think he deserves a long look because he played well enough in college for that. He can play either free or strong safety but they have him slotted at strong safety at this point.
Opportunity For CB Not There: Marv Levy spoke in his post draft news conference and admitted the team still has needs to fill including CB and they will still look to fill it with undrafted free agents. It does create an opportunity for Ashton Youboty he said. They like the players they picked and he thinks they will help him get better but he is never satisfied as to where they are. On the QB situation, they thought they would take one late in the draft but they never thought Trent Edwards would be there at the end of the third round. They had to take him because his grade was so much higher then everyone elses at that point. Levy said they never got involved in Randy Moss talks and the Michael Turner talks were dead a while ago. Many people in the war room really liked Dwayne Wright, they planned on taking him if they hadn't picked Lynch so they took him anyway, it was a tough decision since they already had their running back.
Bills Have Above Average Draft: It was a successful draft since the team filled two starting positions in the first two rounds but it came at a steep price as they lost the first of two third round picks. They also filled the depth at many positions however some positions like corner were left unattended. Check out our grade and player capsules on our Draft Page.