Grading the draft: Buffalo Bills

With no selection in round one the Buffalo Bills had to make the most of Tom Donahoe's experience at unearthing talented college players in the later frames. Buffalo had just two selections in the first 120 picks and wisely chose to add prospects that can be developed for the future rather than reaching to fill immediate gaps players.

Roscoe Parrish gives the Bills an explosive, though smallish, presence at receiver. The Miami product will likely be no better than the teams fifth receiver in 2005 but should have an opportunity to become the primary return specialist, an area where he could have a great impact. Parrish's college teammate Kevin Everette is a big bodied receiving tight end with good upside. In time he could pay huge dividends for the team if they are patient with him.  Injuries held Everette back as a senior and may do the same as a rookie in the NFL.  During his first mini-camp Everette suffered a knee injury which was still being analyzed at posting. With last years starting center Trey Teague set to move to tackle the team drafted a pair of interior linemen trying to replace him. Fourth round choice Duke Preston, of Illinois and Vanderbilt's Justin Geisinger, taken in the sixth frame, provide the Bills with quality depth in the interior of their line. Fifth rounder Eric King of Wake Forest gives the Bills a feisty cover man who should immediately see action as the teams dime back.  There final selection, running back Lionel Gates, could be a solid compliment to feature ball carrier Willis McGahee.

Defensive end George Gause, safety Jim Leonhard, and fullback Jon Goldsberry were all outstanding post draft signings by the franchise. Labeled as an underachiever, Gause has never met his full potential in college though he showed flashes of brilliance. The ball hawking Leonhard must overcome his smallish stature but is a perfect fit as a dime back.  Goldsberry could be a steal as a triple threat fullback.

Handicapped by not having a first round pick and unable to deal Travis Henry, Buffalo had to make the best out of a draft short on selections. The team came away with mostly developmental prospects yet given the talent level on the roster and the late season success the experienced in '04, the future looks bright for the Buffalo Bills.

Rnd Pick Player College
2 (23) 55 WR Roscoe Parrish Miami
3 (22) 86 TE Kevin Everett Miami
4 (21) 122 OL Duke Preston Illinois
5 (20) 156 CB Eric King Wake Forest
6 (23) 197 OL Justin Geisinger Vanderbilt
7 (22) 236 RB Lionel Gates Louisville

UDFA Signings: FB Jon Goldsberry, WR Tony Brown, WR Will Peoples, TE Brad Cieslak, OT Geir Gumundson, DE George Gause, DT Tom Sverchek, LB Liam Ezekial, LB Wendell Hunter, DB Marvin ward, DB Rob Lee, FS Jim Leonhard, SS Daniel Leger, DB Therrien Fontenot, PK Joe Rheem

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