ORCHARD PARK -- The media has gathered at One Bills Drive to get the scoop on the Bills' first-round draft pick.
11:02 p.m.: Well that's a wrap for the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. It looks like the Bills next move will have to wait until tomorrow. Check back to the Billboard blog soon for a video from News sports reporters Mark Gaughan, Jerry Sullivan, and Allen Wilson.
10:43 p.m.: Here's some of the excerpts from Pro Football Weekly's scouting report on running back C.J. Spiller, the Bills' first-round draft out of Clemson:
Positives -- "Dynamic player with rare field speed, is rarely caught from behind ... exceptional lateral agility and top-end speed to take the corner. Exceptional vision ... sees cut-back lanes and shows great balance to kick through arm tackles ... extremely elusive in the open field with outstanding gear change ... has soft hands, tracks the ball well over his shoulder and catches the ball in stride ... played hurt most of his senior year and plays through injuries."
Negatives -- "Does not have the bulk or power to run consistently inside or carry a workload between the tackles. Is not a workhorse and will not wear down a defense ... consistently has been nagged by sprinter-type injuries ... not a strong blocker and can be overpowered by defenders ... does not take well to hard coaching." --JS
10:15 p.m.: So Tim Tebow isn't coming to the Bills. The Denver Broncos just traded up to 25 and took Tebow. I had a feeling Tebow wouldn't last to the second round. All it takes is one team to take the leap of faith and believe that Tebow will be a star in the NFL. He has the intangibles and will enhance the competitive environment under young Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.
I didn't want the Bills to be the team that took Tebow, because they weren't in a position to take risks with top picks. Of course, the Bills stunned us by taking running back C.J. Spiller with the ninth overall pick. Spiller isn't a risk. He's rare talent who is expected to be a star. But the Bills had more pressing needs and I expected first-year GM Buddy Nix to address the defense with the ninth pick.
The Bills got themselves into their current fix by making too many exotic draft picks in the Tom Donahoe era and beyond. They have not added an impact player to their defensive front seven with a first-round pick since Shane Conlan in 1987. They're going to a 3-4 and need playmakers on defense. Maybe they'll find some gems in the later rounds of this draft. --JS
10:07 p.m.: With the 25th pick, Denver takes Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. --LNM
10 p.m.: In a conference call, Spiller says his main focus is getting the Bills to a Super Bowl:
9:40 p.m.: Listen to Bills VP of College Scouting Tom Modrak talk about the role Spiller will likely fill in the Buffalo offense:
9:38 p.m.: Watch Buffalo Bills General Manager Buddy Nix discuss the "excitement" he believes Spiller will bring to Buffalo:
9:16 p.m.: The Tim Tebow Watch is on. ... You've got to think the Bills may try to move up from No. 41 now that they've drafted Spiller. ... Would a team move back 8-10 spots in return for Lynch? ... Maybe. --MG
9:15 p.m.: Well, it's a surprise but not a shock that the Bills took C.J. Spiller. I wrote a column about Spiller on Sunday. He has 52 TDs, and 21 of them were for 50-plus yards. ... This greatly increases the odds Marshawn Lynch will be dealt tonight or tomorrow. If the Bills want to move up ... Lynch is their main trade bait.--MG
8:53 p.m.: We'll also have audio from a conference call with C.J. Spiller.--LNM
8:50 p.m.: Be sure to follow our running list of picks. Check back to Billboard soon for audio from Bills General Manager Buddy Nix and Vice President of College Scouting Tom Modrak. --LNM
8:31 p.m.: The Buffalo Bills select Clemson running back C.J. Spiller with the No. 9 pick. --LNM
8:29 p.m.: ILB Rolando McLain is off to Oakland. The Bills are on the clock... --LNM
8:27 p.m.: The Browns take cornerback Joe Haden at No. 7. That's good news for the Bills because some of their potential targets (OLB Derrick Morgan, OT Bryan Bulaga, RB C.J. Spiller and DT Dan Williams) are still on the board. --Allen Wilson
8:25 p.m.: CB Joe Haden from the University of Florida goes to Cleveland at No. 7.
8:20 p.m.: Just some draft quick facts for you as we wait for the No. 9 pick...
There will be 255 selections over the three days of the draft.
The Bills No. 9 selection marks the franchise's second number nine choice since the inception of the common draft in 1967. With that selection the Bills drafted WR Haven Moses from San Diego State. Moses played for five seasons in Buffalo before being traded to Denver in 1972. --LNM
8:17 p.m.: Trent Williams and Russell Okung are off the board. That takes OT off the board for the Bills at No. 9, we believe. --MG
8:15 p.m.: OT Russell Okung from Oklahoma State is selected by Seattle at No. 6. --LNM
8:14 p.m.: Eric Berry went to the Chiefts with the fifth overall selection. Berry becomes only the eighth safety taken in the Top 10 since 1992. That, of course, includes the Bills' Donte Whitner, who was the eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft. Berry becomes the fifth safety ever take in the top five picks. The others: Sean Taylor, fifth overall in 2004; Eric Turner, second overall in 1991; Bennie Blades, third overall in 1988; and Kenny Easley, fourth overall in 1981. --JS
8:08 p.m.: OK, so Trent Williams, the first of the offensive tackles is off the board. The Bills might not get any of the three top offensive tackles. There's a decent chance they'll take a player for their defensive front seven with the ninth overall pick. It's about time the Bills hit big on a defensive lineman or linebacker. They haven't picked an impact player for their front seven in the first round since taking linebacker Shane Conlan 23 years ago.
The Bills haven't taken a linebacker in the first round since Conlan. They've taken two defensive ends -- Erik Flowers in 2000 (bust) and Maybin ('09), who will move to linebacker this year. The only other defensive lineman they took in the first round was tackle John McCargo, who they moved up to take at 26th overall. Pretty grim history. --JS
8:04 p.m.: Oklahoma has 3 of first 4 picks. All Sooner fans will regret the 2009 season as a lost opportunity. That was a National Championship season that went out the window. Sam Bradford spent virtually the entire season injured ... Plus Trent Williams played hobbled part of the year and star TE Jermaine Gresham missed the whole year. --MG
8:00 p.m.: It's Trent Williams going to Washington as three of the top four picks hail from the University of Oklahoma. --LNM
7:58 p.m.: I'll be interested to see if the 'Skins go with Okung or Trent Williams here. --MG
7:46 p.m.: I'm already getting tired of the ESPN telecast. Jon Gruden said the Rams will be a better team this year with Sam Bradford at quarterback. Riveting commentary, Chuckie! -- Jerry Sullivan
7:44 p.m.: The Rams passed on Matt Ryan in '08. They could not afford to pass on Bradford. So why did it take 7 minutes to make the pick? --Mark Gaughan
7:38 p.m.: The St. Louis Rams select Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. --LNM
7:32 p.m.: Here we go...
7:29 p.m.: For the selection order and a running list of the picks, go here. --LNM
7:18 p.m.: Allen Wilson has arrived to complete The News' draft coverage team. The chairs in the media room here at One Bills Drive are filled and we are just minutes away from the start of the first round. -LNM
Jerry Sullivan's live chat has concluded, but can be reviewed here. --Lauren Nicole Mariacher
Buffalo News sports reporters Mark Gaughan and Jerry Sullivan are on site, along with Digital Producer Lauren Nicole Mariacher. Allen Wilson should be here shortly to complete the News draft team.
We'll be bringing you blog updates and multimedia reports throughout the night and will continue the live coverage during the NFL's three-day draft.
Who will the Bills pick with their No. 9 selection? There are plenty of possibilities. Check out Allen Wilson's story in today's paper for more on potential first round picks.
Join News sports columnist Jerry Sullivan and Mark Gaughan at 6 p.m. on the Sully on Sports blog for a live chat on the draft.
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