The Buffalo Bills are moving on getting their draft picks into camp during this crazy signing period. The latest to be added to the list is fourth-round defensive back Da'Norris Searcy (North Carolina), who reported the signing himself on Twitter. Fellow Tar Heel and Bills fifth-round running back Johnny White (North Carolina) likely also signed a contract today.
"Just got that call I was waiting to here now on my way to camp #blessed to be able to start my journey wit #BILLS," said Searcy.
White was more cryptic, simply tweeting "happiest day of my life."
Six of Buffalo's nine drafted rookies have agreed to deals with these two in the fold. Fourth-round offensive tackle Chris Hairston, sixth-round LB Chris White (no relation), seventh-round cornerback Justin Rogers all signed yesterday joining seventh-round pick Michael Jasper.
White will try to make his mark in a crowded Buffalo backfield. Incumbent starter Fred Jackson is joined by last year's top pick, C.J. Spiller, as well as newly-minted Bill Brad Smith who will split time between the backfield and wide receiver.
Searcy is slotted in behind George Wilson, Jairus Byrd, and Bryan Scott at the safety position but should be able to come in and contribute as defensive backfield depth and a special teams contributor.
Players have begun arriving at St. John Fisher College and taking their physicals. Any time missed by the remaining draft picks will further delay their ability to contribute to the team in 2011. Parameters are in place for first-round pick Marcell Dareus so his deal could be forthcoming. Second-round pick Aaron Williams and third-round pick Kelvin Sheppard also have not yet signed.