Bills get jump on first pick

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

The draft board may say otherwise, but Buffalo Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe believes his team has a first-round pick. It just happened to have been used a year ago.

The Bills don't have a selection until late in Round 2 (55th overall) in today's NFL draft. But dealing with the Dallas Cowboys for an extra first-rounder a year ago allowed Donahoe to grab quarterback J.P. Losman, who has been handed the ball as the Bills starter.

"We do have a first-round pick and he's already here on our football team," Donahoe said at a recent pre-draft meeting with reporters in Buffalo. "We wanted to try to get a young quarterback either last year or this year."

In fact, Donahoe has done some nice building with first-round selections over the past two years. Nine spots prior to getting Losman at No. 22, the Bills selected wide receiver Lee Evans.

Mix in running back Willis McGahee, a first-rounder from 2003 and Donahoe has three of the prime components of his offence from recent first-round selections.

Followers of the Bills draft in the Donahoe era realize that things can change drastically once the draft clock starts ticking at noon today.

Never shy about swinging a deal -- remember Drew Bledsoe was also a draft-day swap -- Donahoe has some bait this year.

The Bills are willing to part with disgruntled running back Travis Henry and have seen interest from the Tampa Bay Bucs and Philadelphia Eagles among others.


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