Donahoe on the Bills' 2000 draft

When Tom Donahoe came to Buffalo from ESPN in 2001, he joked about the "Internet persona" he had which helped him determine in an Internet chat that Doug Flutie should be the Bills' starter to Rob Johnson – an opinion he formed from watching the Bills' QB competition from afar. Donahoe later said he was saying that "for effect." Maybe he was, because obviously when he got to Buffalo we know everything changed. He released Flutie for Johnson.

Here is Donahoe's assessment of the Bills' 2000 draft found on ESPN.com. Interestingly, Bills owner Ralph Wilson has come out and publicly stated that the Bills' 2000 draft – John Butler's final draft – was very weak. Well, Wilson must have gotten that notion from somewhere in the Bills' organization, such as, perhaps the President's office?

Ironically, Donahoe's Internet persona said the Bills' draft was good, but we know now that the Bills' brass thinks it was highly ineffective, with Erik Flowers and Corey Moore headlining the top-three picks and Avion Black, Leif Larsen and Drew Haddad rounding out the last five.

Then Donahoe said the Bills looked to upgrade their offensive line on the second day, but Buffalo didn't take a single lineman.

Of course, we know Donahoe is a very sharp personnel man when he's working in the NFL, but as a media type, he probably wasn't putting forth his usual effort. Then again, he was probably making a sliver of the money.

Anyway, this just demonstrates that before you go believing NFL coaches and administrators-turned-experts on national TV radio and Internet web sites, realize that they're not busting their butts the same way they would if they were employed in the league.

Here it is:

"Buffalo Bills: Coming into this draft, Buffalo wanted to address its secondary, defensive and offensive lines. The Bills' first pick, defensive end Erik Flowers from Arizona State, can be an immediate help as a pass rusher – especially for a defensive front that lost perennial Pro Bowler Bruce Smith this off-season.

With second pick Travares Tillman, the Bills acquired a smart, aggressive defensive back who has played both safety and corner. In the third round, the Bills took one of the most productive college players of the 1999 season in Corey Moore from Virginia Tech. This is an outstanding pick for the Buffalo defense as Moore will project to outside linebacker and give the Bills an additional pass rusher.

On the second day of the draft, the Bills looked to upgrade their offensive line. Buffalo is a team that has been hit hard in free agency, but the Bills have one of the best general managers, John Butler, and scouting staffs in football."


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