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Buffalo Bills news, 4/27: 2013 NFL Draft results, Day 2

E.J. Manuel meets the press, and Buddy Nix and Doug Marrone discuss three more Bills draft picks from Rounds 2-3 within.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Day 2 recaps

Buddy Nix and Doug Marrone comment on Day Two Draft picks -
"Bills GM Buddy Nix and head coach Doug Marrone comment at the conclusion of Day Two of the NFL Draft."

Bills Roundup: Draft Day Two Recap - VIDEO -
"Chris Brown and John Murphy recap the Bills three selections in round two and three of the NFL Draft and look ahead to what remaining needs should be addressed."

Video: Breakdown of Buffalo's second- and third-round picks - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Buffalo News sports reporters Tim Graham, Jay Skurski and Mark Gaughan discuss rounds two and three of the draft:"

Bills go for playmakers at receiver, linebacker - The Buffalo News
"The Buffalo Bills got the polished receiver they were looking for and added some much-needed help at linebacker in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night."

Later-round picks seal a team’s fate - The Buffalo News
"You build a foundation with first-round picks. But you elevate the structure by nailing choices in the later rounds. Teams don’t make serious playoff runs without adding solid starters in the second and third rounds, and often later. "

Nice Job By Bills | Three Point Stance | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"However, if we can suspend our typical distrust of this organization, and dare to believe that Buddy Nix and his scouts have properly evaluated quarterback EJ Manuel, wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin, and linebacker Kiko Alonso, then the Bills have had a very productive first two days in the 2013 draft."

Buffalo Bills address needs in second, third rounds | Democrat and Chronicle
"Combined with the first-round selection of quarterback EJ Manuel, the Bills have addressed three glaring areas of weakness, and assuming these players were properly evaluated, all may have a chance to contribute opening day against New England."

Bills grab two receivers, linebacker on Day 2 | Football | Sports | Toronto Sun
"The Buffalo Bills had three huge needs in this draft... By the 16th pick of Round 2 on Friday night at Radio City Music Hall, the Bills had filled all three."

Bills draft 2 WRs as new-look offense takes shape - Yahoo! Sports
''When I look at offense, I try to look at play-makers, people that can make plays, people that can be productive,'' Marrone said. ''The whole thing in this league is how are you going to score? And I think that's what we're always looking for on the offensive side of the ball.''

Bills add WR Robert Woods, LB Kiko Alonso - ESPN
"I really like the pick of Woods. He was my favorite receiver in this draft because he was solid at everything and is NFL-ready. Woods has the potential to start opposite Steve Johnson right away in coach Doug Marrone’s new offense."

More on E.J. Manuel

EJ Manuel: "I expect to come in and compete" -
Manuel spoke with local media at One Bills Drive yesterday. Video and transcript.

Strong bond between Manuel and Bills Hall of Famer -
"Their bonds go way back to the Hampton Roads region of Virginia’s Tidewater--Bills Hall of Famer Bruce Smith and quarterback EJ Manuel. Smith has known Manuel since he was born. The former Bills defensive end grew up as a childhood friend of Manuel’s father, Eric."

Inside The Bills | Manuel’s promise to Bills fans
"I promise you work ethic. I promise you to definitely give respect for this franchise, respect for the people who root for the Buffalo Bills. I’m never going to disrespect or embarrass the franchise," said Manuel. "We’re going to go out here and work as hard as possible and just continue to lead like I’ve always done."

Inside The Bills | EJ’s a family guy
"It meant a lot to have my mom there in good health," said Manuel. "She has been working for the past four weeks and gotten back into her normal everyday thing that she does. To go out across that stage and see her when I came back from it just meant a lot to me. She has made a lot of sacrifices just as my dad has, too. This is not just an EJ one, it is a whole family one."

Inside The Bills | Manuel: Always had a chip on my shoulder
"When I got to college, I just didn’t want to be another guy. I wanted to be the best," Manuel told the Orlando Sentinel. "That’s why I say, when I came out, to a lot of people, I was just another guy. I was a fourth- or fifth-round guy who they projected. I knew I was better."

Manuel feels kinship with Buffalo - The Buffalo News
"He said this is a great town," Manuel said. "He said the fans love their football team and when they’re winning, this is the best place to be. Best place to be in the world. Obviously this team and this franchise, the fans all want this to be back on the positive note. Bruce just said go in there and learn. Just continue to work hard like I’ve always done."

Video: Manuel all smiles at One Bills Drive - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
From the presser...

EJ Manuel versus Geno Smith could be juicy AFC East rivalry - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Manuel will be compared to the rest, and he could have to square off against a player many analysts considered the best of the bunch, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, twice a year."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Breaking Down EJ Manuel As A Passer
Sal Capaccio breaks down Manuel as a passer. It's a very good read if you're into that sort of thing.

Too Early to Judge Bills Pick | Three Point Stance | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Now, all we can do is hope Buddy and the boys were right. Manuel was the only QB taken in the first round, so the spotlight is going to shine brighter than ever. Manuel needs to be good or else this franchise will continue to remain stagnant."

So far, so good; thoughts on Bills not picking Nassib - Auburn Pub
"Drafting Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel raised some eyebrows, but I think it's a good pick. He's a leader, a winner and has plenty of talent. Most of the scouting reports I've read about him are positive. They do point out a few flaws in his game. One of the flaws: Accuracy. If accuracy is a problem, it doesn't show up on the stat sheet. He completed 68 percent of passes for FSU in 2012."

Bills Focus: EJ Manuel 1-on-1 Sit-Down Interview - VIDEO -
"Chris Brown sits down with quarterback EJ Manuel to talk about being Buffalo's first round draft pick, what Bruce Smith told him, and how he can help the Bills turn things around."

Jim Kelly on EJ Manuel - VIDEO -
"Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly shares his thoughts on the Bills 1st round draft pick, quarterback EJ Manuel from Florida State."

Bills select Robert Woods in Round 2

Bills looking for NFL ready WR -
"He is as refined a receiver as I’ve seen in a while," said Forsyth. "He really understands how to play the game. He’s faster than I think a lot of people give him credit for. He knows how to use his speed. He knows how to separate. A really, really good route runner. He just knows how to set things up, set DBs up, work the coverages and he’s got great hands and ball skills. Once he gets it he knows what to do with it too."

Robert Woods: "I’m ready and willing to go against each and every corner in the league" -
Woods comments on being drafted by the Bills. Audio and transcript.

Bills land WR Woods on day two -
"I don’t have any issues with that," explained Forsyth. "He’s not small and he’s not the 6’2" or 6’3" guy either. He’s six-foot with a strong build and he’s added good weight to him the last couple of years. He’s a guy that will go up and compete for it."

2013 Draft profile: Wide Receiver Robert Woods, USC - VIDEO -
"A look at the college highlights of Bills 2nd round pick, wide receiver Robert Woods."

Inside The Bills | Woods had big game vs. ‘Cuse last year
"Woods had 200 all-purpose yards in that game. He made 10 catches for 93 yards, had a 76-yard run and a 31-yard punt return. He also had a pair of touchdowns."

Bills draft proven WR Robert Woods at No. 41 overall - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"He's a versatile receiver who can play outside or in the slot, and he projects as a quality No. 2 wideout in the NFL. His style bears a resemblance to that of ex-Bill Peerless Price, although he was much more productive in college than Price."

Kiko Alonso in Round 2, too

Kiko Alonso: "I feel like I can play any spot in [the Bills] system" -
Alonso comments on being drafted by the Bills. Audio and transcript.

Bills add athletic LB Alonso with 46th pick -
"Mike and the defense is excited to bring him in," said head coach Doug Marrone. "A young player that hasn’t played as much as the other players that we’ve had. He’s shown that he can play multiple positions. He’s shown that he can play on teams. He’s shown that he’s instinctive."

2013 Draft profile: ILB Kiko Alonso, Oregon - VIDEO -
"A look at the college highlights of Bills second round pick, inside linebacker Kiko Alonso."

Despite checkered past, Bills say LB Kiko Alonso 'a good risk' - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"But the Bills are showing faith in Alonso, selecting him with the 46th overall draft choice tonight. Alonso has been arrested twice on alcohol-related charges, incidents teams repeatedly inquired about in pre-draft interviews."

Bills bolster defense with Oregon LB Kiko Alonso at No. 46 - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Alonso is a versatile, three-down linebacker who can play in the middle or outside. ... Plays with an aggressive, attacking style that would likely appeal to new Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine."

Buffalo Bills take former Los Gatos star Kiko Alonso - San Jose Mercury News
"Alonso, a 6-foot-3, 238-pounder, was a productive player for the Ducks, totaling 81 tackles, including 14 for loss, last fall. He had four interceptions, recovered two fumbles and forced two while earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors."

NFL Draft: Oregon Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso exceeds expectations |
"Alonso seemingly showed the Bills enough at the combine and in subsequent discussions that they picked him ahead of where many had him projected. Most prognosticators pegged Alonso as a middle-round pick with potential first-round talent who could be successful at inside or outside linebacker in either the 3-4 or 4-3 scheme."

Kiko Alonso’s the latest Duck to hear his name called in the 2013 NFL Draft | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon
"Alonso played the second half of last season with a cast on his broken wrist but was cleared to resume all football activities three weeks ago, he said Friday."

Speedster Marquie Goodwin in Round 3

Marquise Goodwin: "People underestimate me as a complete football player" -
Goodwin comments on being drafted 78th overall to the Buffalo Bills. Audio and transcript.

Speedster WR Goodwin added in round three -
"Well I think it is interesting that the first thing that comes to mind is speed," Marrone said of Goodwin’s skill set. "And that is the one thing, and you hear this a lot from coaches, but it is the one thing you cannot coach. You are either fast or you are not fast."

Inside The Bills | Sharpening routes has been Goodwin’s focus
"Running routes and just being able to finish through games. It was a question whether I could run routes rather than running in a straight line. Little did people know, yeah I ran vertical; really I ran a lot more routes with cuts more than I did vertical. For people to be skeptical about if I could be a polished route runner it was totally over my head. I’m glad for the opportunity that I have now. It’s all good now."

Inside The Bills | Goodwin measurables vs. Austin
"Bills third-round pick Marquise Goodwin from Texas not only has elite speed, but world class speed clocking a 4.27 40-time at the NFL Combine. Here’s how he stacked up to some of Tavon Austin’s measurable at the NFL Combine back in late February."

Inside The Bills | Bills add more speed with WR Goodwin
"Track guys just have linear speed," said Goodwin. "I have proved I have more than linear speed. Track really are known to not be able to catch. I have good hands. I run routes. I get out of my breaks. I can run other routes than just running a nine. I’m tough. I have taken on hits. I have blocked."