Lee Evans Draft Day Verbatim

Former Wisconsin receiver Lee Evans was selected No. 13 overall by the Buffalo Bills in Saturday afternoon's NFL Draft. Hours later, he spoke with members of the Wisconsin media via telephone from his home in Bedford, Ohio. Photo courtesy Tom Pidgeon/Getty Images.

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Was the wait shorter than expected, what did you do to kill the time?


"Trying to kill the time, well there's a lot of people here at my house. I've got idle conversations. I don't know if there's an easy way to kill the time. Just kind of anxiously watching to see who's going and waiting on the call. There wasn't much that we could do except watch what was going on and have idle conversation."


Waited a long time, did it live up to your expectations?


"Oh yeah. Yes it did."


How fulfilling is this right now to be taken this high?


"It is great. I couldn't be more happy or more thrilled with what is going on. It has been an incredible ride, you know, to be rated real high my junior year and to come back and play and still be rated high, it is just the greatest feeling. I'm really enjoying the day with my family and all my friends."


Did you have any idea where you might go when they day started today?


"Nope. Not really."


"I knew a lot of teams from 13 to the 20 range were really interested but you just never know with the draft. You never know what can happen. So I was still trying to be optimistic about it and stay up but pretty much just wait for the call and luckily for me it came early."


Did you have a good talk with Buffalo before hand?


"Yeah, I went up there and visited actually. That was one of the places I visited. Talking to the coach and the receivers coach and coordinators was a great time. They really showed a lot of interest then. But they didn't know what they were going to do. But I like the place and we were able to make it happen. So I'm pretty content with it."


Is this about as good a fit as you can find Lee?


"I think so. They got a great defense and a great quarterback. And some of the receivers there in Eric Moulds and Josh Reed, I think they are two people I can certainly learn from. I think it will be great fit with the veteran players who I can learn from and get better and hopefully contribute in a way to help this team win some games."


Did you get to know Reed a little bit two years ago at the Belitnikoff?


"Actually he was one of the guys that wasn't there, he was the one receiver that wasn't there. I've never met him in person. I've talked to him on the phone actually once but that's about it."


What do you think about Buffalo?


"I hear a lot about it. It is right by Niagra and all that so I'm sure it's a lot going on. I don't know much about it. I hear it's a little similar to Cleveland so I kind of know a little bit about what to expect."


What is your confidence level about stepping in right away and contributing as a rookie?


"I feel like I can. I mean that's my goal. That's one of things that I certainly want do. It is just a matter of going out there and doing it. Obviously learning the offense and some of the things that they do and being able to make plays. It is obviously a learning curve but that's a learning curve that I'm trying to tackle. So I'm excited about it and I can't wait to get started."


When you had your visit with them what were the issues that they raised?


"We talked about some issues. I sat down with the receivers coach at length and we actually watched my pro day and watched some of the routes that I did and he told me what he liked and what he didn't like. It was certainly in depth and he had a lot of good things to say. They didn't really bring up issues about the incident or my injury. We talked about it but it wasn't a very big issue with them."


Could this day have gone any better than it has so far?


"I don't think so. I don't think so actually because after I left Buffalo I felt pretty good about Buffalo. And to actually get drafted by a team that you feel good about, I don't know if that happens very much. So I'm very pleased with it. I don't think if it could have been sweeter."


What was the reaction like at your house when your name came up?


"Everybody blew up. I got the phone call ahead and I just kind of kept quiet and as soon as they said my name the house blew up and it was incredible. It was so special for me."


When do you go to Buffalo?


"Next weekend."


Is that for minicamp?



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