Bills’ Draft

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  1. Deadlift

    Deadlift Hall of Famer

    Aug 2, 2007
    North Carolina
    We'll see if they have gone in the full-blown black "direction" after we observe their draft.

    I'm really interested in this one.
  2. Deadlift

    Deadlift Hall of Famer

    Aug 2, 2007
    North Carolina
    Not surprisingly.... Buffalo has gone the "affletic" route.

    I doubt it will do them much good, frankly.
  3. C Darwin

    C Darwin Mentor

    Mar 29, 2006
    New York
    Marv's absence can really be seen in this draft. Their second round receiver was arrested for abusing his baby mama and his kid in 2006.

    They ended up drafting 3 CBs to make things as hard as possible for Dustin Fox, and one white TE/FB from Kansas.
  4. ToughJ.Riggins

    ToughJ.Riggins Hall of Famer

    Nov 19, 2006
    Ontario Canada
    Sickening, Fox is better than at least two of the black CBs that were drafted. He might even be better than Leodis McKelvin. But wait Fox isn't a CB, he has to be forced to play Safety dammit! I've posted this before about Fox, but here it goes again: Interview Dustin Fox

    Q: You played cornerback at Ohio State. Did you play safety too?
    A: I came in as a safety in 2001. That's what I was recruited as, a free safety out of high school. I started there in nickel situations one game as a freshman and then toward the end of the year we had some injuries. Derek Ross, obviously you guys know Derek Ross, he kind of quit the team before the Outback Bowl and I started at corner for him pretty much for the rest of my career. I started the end of 2001 to this past season at corner.

    Q: Would it be much of an adjustment for you to go back to safety?
    A: Not an adjustment. It would be a little bit of an adjustment but I don't think it would be something that would be difficult. It's the position I played my entire life up to really 2002. It's something I feel like I would be natural at, just like I feel at cornerback. Playing defensive back to me is a lot of the same things involved. It's just a little bit of a different mentality when you play corner. Either way, I'm just so excited to be a Viking right now, I can't tell you.

    Q: Which position would you rather play?
    A: The position I would play would be the one that gets me in the starting lineup on Monday Night Football.

    Q: Considering your size and speed, why do you think a lot of people are projecting you as a safety?
    A: I don't know. It's honestly hard to say. It could be the things that you are thinking about in your head right now that you don't want to say. Who knows? We'll find out when it happens here.

    Q: Does that bother you, the obvious comparisons to Jason Sehorn?
    A: No, not at all. I love Sehorn. He's like one of my heroes. He had a great career. I think he took a lot of heat, but I thought he was a great athlete. The things that he did for the Giants and the Rams, he played safety, played corner, and he played corner at a high level I thought for a good while there. No, the comparisons to someone like that is a compliment to me.

    Q: And he ended up with Angie Harmon.
    A: Yeah, I mean what are you going to say. I'm married.

    Q: Does she look like Angie Harmon?
    A: Better. She's pretty good.

    Q: What are your thoughts on being one of the few white cornerbacks out there? What was that like for you?
    A: It was great. At first it was tough because you get the stereotypes and you can get it from other guys on other teams, just talking trash and stuff. At some point, eventually it becomes fun. You look forward to the challenge and the opportunity to step up and really stand out because people don't think I have the athletic ability that I do have, the speed and the vertical and all of that stuff that I have. It's fun, just so surprise people.

    Q: So you think you can play corner in the NFL?
    A: I think so. I played against the #3 pick in the draft. I played against guys who have been drafted high in the NFL. Playing corner in the Big 10 for three years definitely prepares you for the NFL. We'll see. I know it's a different league and the competition is even that much more intense and higher. We'll see. If I can't, then that's fine, I'll play safety. Whatever it takes to put food on the table.

    Q: How did you do against Braylon Edwards?
    A: I did well. This year he had a pretty good game. I was injured for the game this season. Last year I did well against him, so I feel good.

    Q: How important do you think your performance was at the East-West Game when you played corner and safety?
    A: Hopefully that helped me. I thought I did well out there showing some versatility, playing some corner. That was my idea. I was like I've got to play some safety because I know these guys want to see me at some safety, so that was good. Hopefully it helped me. I think my combine workout helped me as well.

    Dustin Fox Interview
    By: Luke Chandler
    Luke Paul Chandler: Dustin can you give us your official height, weight, and 40 times?
    Dustin Fox: My Height is about 5'11", my weight is 196 pounds, and my 40's are between 4.43 and 4.47.

    LPC: Can you tell us how you have been preparing for the NFL Draft?
    DF: Just working out. I was at a facility in Columbus, near campus. I was also doing some stuff here on campus. I was basically just getting ready for a track meet.

    LPC: What was your favorite moment from your college career?
    DF: It has to be winning the National Championship, and playing well in that game. Getting the interception in that game was good too.

    LPC: Do you ever think you will be part of a rivalry as intense as Ohio State and Michigan?
    DF: (laughs) No, I don't think so. I don't think there is a rivalry in all of sports that can touch that one.

    LPC: Do you think that the rivalry is more fueled on the fan's end, or is it something that is stressed as a player also?
    DF: Our coaches stressed it to us a lot that it's important. It all started when Woody and Bo got the fans into it. The players definitetly get into it, it's a lot of fun.

    LPC: Do you think it will be a relief of sorts to get away from the high expectations that are placed on you in Columbus?
    DF: It should be an easy transition. Playing at Ohio State for four years is like playing in the NFL.

    LPC: Can you tell us about the craziest fan moment you have ever had at Ohio State?
    DF:Nothing too crazy, people might recognize you in the mall. Just the other day I was at Subway getting a sandwich, and the guy there had me sign the receipt for the meal.

    LPC: How did you feel about being a captain of the Buckeyes this past year? Do you feel being a captain helped you learn more about leadership on the field?
    DF: Being a Captain at Ohio State is a huge deal. Every year we have the Captains Breakfast, and they all come back. I was really excited to be a Captain, it was something I dreamed to accomplish, and it happened. I took on the responsibility, and followed that role.

    LPC: In recent years it seems that Ohio State has turned out many talented defensive backs. What do you feel will be your legacy will be when brought up amongst that group of DB's?
    DF: I just hope to be brought up. We'll see how my NFL career goes.

    LPC: You have strong family ties to Ohio State, with four of your uncles being former Buckeyes. Was there any doubt that you would go to OSU once recruiting began for you?
    DF: I almost went to Penn State because my brother had gone there, and I had developed relationships with the coaches there. It came down to the last minute, and I went with the Bucks.

    LPC: OSU is long recognized as one of the great institutions of college football. Can you explain what it is that truly makes being a Buckeye so special?
    DF: How much time do you have? Being a Buckeye is without question the most special thing you can be a part of. It's a huge fraternity of guys that have played for so many years, and there is so much tradition at Ohio State. You become part of something that is so much bigger than you are.

    LPC: Since the height of the National Championship game in 2003, the Buckeyes football program has slowly fallen on tough times. Do you feel at times that this was a situation that was blown out of proportion by the media?
    DF: I think so to a certain extent. Ohio State is looked at under a microscope. The media has a huge control over what people think, and it could be any school. It's not fair. Go look at some other school and find out what's going on there (laughs).

    LPC: Ohio State has been criticized as being a "football factory" that caters its class schedule around football players. As a three time OSU Scholar-Athlete, what do you feel about this accusation?
    DF:It bugs me because I worked hard throughout my career at Ohio State, never took any shortcuts, and I'm getting my degree this quarter. Everyone for the most part does that, but when the academics are brought into question, it does offend me. People don't realize the stress of being a student athlete.

    LPC: Do you wish people like me would quit asking you questions about Maurice Clarett and the various other scandals?
    DF: Nah, I don't mind it. I'm used to it!

    LPC: While you do have experience playing Safety, you are an accomplished NCAA cornerback, and now you are being mentioned as moving to Safety in the NFL. Do you have any indication of why this move is being mentioned?
    DF: I don't know, because I'm white? I'm just kidding! You know, I think it's just that people thought that's who I was. For four years at Ohio State, I would always hear, "Let's move Fox to safety!" That's fine with me though, I don't mind where I play, I just like to play football.

    LPC: While it is a touch of a touchy subject, do you feel it could have anything to do with race?
    DF: I wouldn't say yes, but, the only reason it's weird is because people in the NFL joke around with me about it. The joke is that I'm the white corner!

    LPC: Do you have any indication as to which postion you will play in the pros?
    DF: No, I really don't. I think a lot of teams are looking at me strictly as Corner, and possibly moving me to Free Safety. While others have talked about me only as a Free Safety.

    LPC: What part of your game do you pride yourself on the most?
    DF: My physical play. Making tackles, and not giving up the big play also.

    LPC: What part of your game do you feel needs to be improved?
    DF: Any player can always work on little things, and I'm still young at the position. You have to do everything sharp in the NFL, every break you make.

    LPC: Explain to me what goes through your head on game day. Are you calm, nervous, jumpy, excited, etc?
    DF: Calm, but very very nervous. Not really too hyped up, unless it's a big game like Michigan, but calm. I just want to get that first play over with.

    LPC: What people have taught you the most in your career?
    DF: At Ohio State it was Mike (Doss) and Donnie (Nickey). Growing up it was my brother.

    LPC: Finally, What is football to you?
    DF: A kid's game. It's just a game that kids play, and you can play until you're 35, and no matter how old you get it, it's still a game. If you don't have fun playing it, you shouldn't be playing it.

    My take: So let me get this straight. Dustin Fox who played mostly CB in college and was a great if not spectacular player for those dominant Ohio State defenses and is undersized for a safety at 5'11 197 lbs., has to switch to Safety? And looking at just the 2008 draft; Fox runs a faster 40 time than 1st round CB Aqib Talib (4.48) and the same time as 1st round CB Antoine Cason this year (4.45) and is much faster than the 4th pick of the second round Brandon Flowers who runs a 4.55. Fox also is in the top 10 players for vertical leap at the NFL Combine since 1999, he has a vertical of 43.5 inches; simply insane!Edited by: ToughJ.Riggins
  5. white is right

    white is right Hall of Famer

    Feb 16, 2006
    I saw that the Bills signed Vieti. I just don't think he has much of chance to make the roster as the Bills haven't used a traditional fullback in years. Even when they had Larry Centers he was more of pass catching scat back then a traditional run blocking, hard charging fullback. Vieti will probably be fighting for a practice squad spot and trying to get called up when the tailbacks start dropping like flies late in the season....
  6. Don Wassall

    Don Wassall Administrator Staff Member

    Sep 30, 2004
    Ho hum, just another day in the Ft. Wayne 'hood:

    "In other Bills news, a Fort Wayne, Ind. woman called police saying Buffalo second round draft pick James Hardy was beating up his father and had pulled a gun when she yelled for him to stop.

    "Fort Wayne police spokesman Michael Joyner said no charges were filed because Hardy was gone when officers arrived and Hardy's father did not want to press charges."

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