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Live from the stadium: Day Two of the draft

ORCHARD PARK -- We're back at One Bills Drive for Round Two of the 2010 NFL Draft.

10:13 p.m.: Tight end Rob Gronkowski, picked 42nd overall by New England, was the only local player selected on the second day of the draft. Hoping for calls today: UB running back James Starks and wideout Naaman Roosevelt, Syracuse wideout Mike Williams, Ohio State defensive end Doug Worthington and Arizona fullback Chris Gronkowski. The third round had to be particularly disappointing for Williams, who was hoping to go as high as the second round. Seven wideouts went in the third round. --BD

10:12 p.m.: At the start of the second round, there still were four well-regarded nose tackles on the board - Terrence Cody, Linval Joseph, Torell Troup and Cam Thomas. Some had Al Woods in the top 100 players, too. Given that, Buddy Nix was asked if he made much of an effort to move up or felt comfortable staying put at 41.

Said Nix: “It really kind of worked out that way. We’re not much move anyway. I mean to move just to be moving, I mean some of those guys, I don’t now how they know where they hell they draft. If we know we’re gonna gain an advantage, we’ll do it." --MG

10:07 p.m.: It was pointed out to Bills GM Buddy Nix that many people projected Jimmy Clausen to go No. 4 several weeks ago. "Well why didn't they take him (that high)?" Nix responded. Obviously, the Bills simply did not love Clausen, who lasted to No. 48. More from Nix:

--LNM & MG

10:03 p.m.: Why did the Bills pass on USC tackle Charles Brown at No. 41? Many had him rated in the top 32, but there were reports Saturday there were concerns about his health. He lasted to No. 64. Said Tom Modrak, Bills vice president of college scouting: "Our medical situation is this: you pass, fail or something in between. He was not a fail." --MG

10:01 p.m.: Buffalo Bills third-round draft pick DE Alex Carrington from Arkansas State answers questions from the media after he is selected by the Bills:


9:59 p.m.: Modrak discusses what third-round draft pick Alex Carrington will bring to the Bills' defense:


9:58 p.m.: Buffalo Bills VP of College Scouting Tom Modrak discusses what second-round draft pick Torell Troup will bring to the Bills:


9:56 p.m.: The Bills had so many needs to address they couldn't go too wrong in the second round. But one rather important question remains: Who's going to quarterback this team? I'm not totally surprised they passed over Jimmy Clausen, but only because they weren't in a position to draft two players at skill positions in the opening two rounds. The selection of C.J. Spiller had them handcuffed when Clausen was still available at No. 41. GM Buddy Nix says the team will bring in a fourth quarterback which, when you get right down to it, is an admission they're not enamored with the three they have. Is it just me, or are they taking a rather lackadaisical approach to the most important position on the field? Had the Bills addressed a true need in the first round, continued to build the foundation, they'd have been able to strike when Clausen slid. --Bob DiCesare

9:26 p.m.: Buddy Nix, the long-time Bills Southeastern scout in the 1990s, was asked if there was any coincidence to the fact the Bills have taken three Southern players so far. His answer: "We've got to have somebody I can talk to." --MG

8:56 p.m.: The Bills select DE Alex Carrington from Arkansas State with the 72nd pick. --LNM

8:46 p.m.: LOOKING to the Bills' Pick at No. 72: Top players left: DE Everson Griffen, OT Bruce Campbell, QB Colt McCoy, WR Damien Williams USC, WR Eric Decker Minn, WR Taylor Price Ohio, WR Brandon Lafell LSU. --MG

8:22 p.m.: Here's a look at the NT decision by the Bills at No. 41. They took Torell Troup ahead of Terrence Cody ... Cody's conditioning might have been a worry ... Linval Joseph was rated ahead of Troup by some. But he left college early and was arguably more raw, not ready to step in right away. They took him over LSU's Al Woods, but Woods was a one-year wonder. UNC's Cam Thomas was out there, but it seems many had him rated below Troup. --MG

8:21 p.m.: Running back run. Detroit, Kansas City, Cleveland, San Diego, Houston and Minnesota all have taken running backs ... The number of potential trading spots for Marshawn Lynch are shrinking ... Philadelphia, Seattle, Green Bay and New England ... those might be the only four teams left that arguably have a need at RB. --MG

7:52 p.m.: Mark Gaughan on Troup

7:46 p.m.: Troup discusses what it means to play a low-profile position:


7:32 p.m.: The Buffalo Bills second-round draft pick Torell Troup describes his style of play during a conference call with the media at One Bills Drive.


7:12 p.m.: Check back to the Billboard blog soon for audio from a conference call with Troup. --LNM

7:12 p.m.: New England trades up to get Williamsville's Rob Gronkowski. This is a great move for the local kid. He goes to a winning team. He has a Hall of Famer throwing him passes. ... He gets to become a Bills-killer. --MG

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University of Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski was taken with the 42nd overall pick by the Patriots. (Associated Press) 

6:59 p.m.: Some notes on Troup: Started 39 of 50 games at Central Florida, including 25 starts at right tackle and 14 at left tackle. Recorded 108 tackles (63 solos) that included six sacks for -26 yards. --

6:53 p.m.: The quote of the year in the NFL right now is: "I just wish I liked Jimmy Clausen better." - Mike Holmgren, Cleveland --MG

6:52 p.m.: Torell Troup. The Bills have their nose tackle. ... It's obvious they really, really, really did not love Jimmy Clausen ... The Jets ran for 567 yards on the Bills in two games ... --MG

6:51 p.m.: With the 41st pick, the Bills select DT Torell Troup from Central Florida.

6:50 p.m.: I'm stunned Clausen is still there. Can the Bills pass him up? I don't see how. When are they ever going to get a QB? ... --MG

6:43 p.m.: Cleveland takes TJ Ward - who was rated in the 90s ... at No. 38 ... They pass on Clausen. So it looks like the Bills had no need to move up for anybody ... Oakland is up. They could take a tackle. ... The Bills look like they can have Clausen at 41 if they want him ... Or Charles Brown. Or T.Cody, L.Joseph ... --MG

6:33 p.m.: Some notable Bills' second-round picks of the past... T Billy Shaw (1961), DT Fred Smerlas (1979), LB Darryl Talley (1983), RB Thurman Thomas (1988), DE Marcellus Wiley (1997), DB Jairus Byrd (2009). --LNM

6:30 p.m.: Chiefs take RB Dexter McCluster ... That helps the Bills. They passed on OT ... Now only Oakland ahead of the Bills is likely to take OT. ... Only Cleveland ahead of the Bills is likely to take a QB. The RB draft is very thin. That's why KC jumped on RB. --MG

6:19 p.m.: This would be a potential trade spot if the Bills want to take OT ... Because KC needs an OT on the next pick... --Mark Gaughan

6:14 p.m.: The St. Louis Rams delivered a blow to the Bills by taking Indiana left tackle Rodger Saffold. He had to be high on the Bills' draft board. They have to cross their fingers that USC tackle Charles Brown drops or they'll need to trade up for either Brown or perhaps Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Stay tuned. --Allen Wilson

6:13 p.m.: The St. Louis Rams select Rodger Saffold (OT) from Indiana with the first pick of the second round. --LNM

6:00 p.m.: Round Two has begun. The Rams are on the clock. 

5:56 p.m.: Review NFL draft live chat with Mark Gaughan here.

5:22 p.m.: Watch video from Spiller's press conference:


5:04 p.m.: The News' pre-draft live chat is underway. Mark Gaughan is fielding all your draft questions until 6 p.m.

4:27 p.m.: Newest Buffalo Bill C.J. Spiller met with the media this afternoon in Orchard Park.

Bills Owner Ralph Wilson presented Spiller with a No. 1 jersey.

"It's with great honor C.J., to present you with the No. 1 number because you're going to be the number one guy that's going to get us going," said Wilson.

"It's a choice that they made that they'll never regret," said Spiller about the Bills decision to draft him with their No. 9 selection Thursday. "To become a new member of the Buffalo Bills organization, it's an honor. This organization has great tradition here. Great tradition."

How will Spiller deal with the pressure of turning around a 6-10 team?

"Pressure is when you're unprepared," said Spiller. "I know I've prepared myself the best way to give this organization everything that I have."

Check back soon for video from Spiller, Bills Owner Ralph Wilson, and Head Coach Chan Gailey


Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller will meet with the media at 3:30 p.m. 

Check back to the Billboard blog soon for video of Spiller's press conference, as well as a live chat with News Sports Reporter Mark Gaughan at 5 p.m.

--Lauren Nicole Mariacher


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