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Shuffle off to Buffalo

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Posted: Monday April 17, 2000 08:06 PM


Former Virginia Tech defensive end Corey Moore was chosen in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Moore was named All-American at defensive end by after recording 17 sacks, 12 tackles for losses, 23 quarterback hurries and four forced fumbles in his senior season with the Hokies. Corey filed this exclusive Draft Day Diary from his brother's house shortly after getting off the phone with the Bills organization informing him that he had been selected.

I went shopping a little bit this afternoon, but I didn't buy anything. I just wanted to go hang around and get away from everybody. I went and ate at my friend's house, then I went and ate at my mother's house, then I went and ate at my brother's house too this afternoon.

I spent all day away from the draft, trying not to worry about it. Then I came over to my brother's and I knew it was getting late, so I was wondering why I hadn't got that call yet. Then my brothers told me a couple of players that had gone before me and I was surprised. It's hard to say that I'm only the 88th best player in the country after being the best college defensive player last year. I just walked in and started watching and then I was beginning to wonder whether I was going to go today. I knew it was getting late. I was sitting on the couch on the phone with the Bills, and they said, "We just picked you." Then I saw my name flash across the screen and I knew it was real. I was very excited. Buffalo looked out for me, and I'm looking forward to giving them the best that I can offer. I won't disappoint them.

Some of my family members were leaving when I got picked, and some of them were pulling up. My mom was there, and a couple of my aunt's were leaving, and my mom screamed when I got picked, so they all ran back inside. They were all very thrilled for me. We are all thrilled to know that I can go to bed at night knowing that I'm a part of a team again. I'm very happy to be part of a team again.

I really didn't talk to the Bills before the draft. This was the first time that I actually talked with anybody from the organization. Today I talked with the head coach, Wade Phillips, and the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach. So I'm really excited to play for them, because obviously from day one they had me high on their board.

I remember growing up watching the Bills make those Super Bowl runs and come up a little bit short, so I think it's about time to get back there. The AFC is tough and competitive, but I'm very much looking forward to giving them my all.

I was very surprised that they picked me, but that's one thing that I was prepared for. My agent and some former teammates all told me that a team would probably take me that I hadn't even talked to, because they just wanted to keep it in the closet that they are high on me, and not let many other teams know. So I was surprised to go to Buffalo. My agent did a good job of preparing me for that, because a lot of teams that I talked to that said they were really, really high on me. I kind of got a sense from talking to them that they were just hoping that I would be around in the fourth or fifth round. Not to say that they weren't high on me, but I think they were looking to get a bargain. So I'm just glad that Buffalo stepped up to the plate. I'm looking forward to going up there, being a part of a team again and getting it on a little bit.

They have a great winning tradition and they take care of their players, so I'm really, really looking forward to it. I'm very excited to be a part of their great defense.

I know Sam Cowart. I remember when he played at Florida State. I remember he was injured one season there, then came back and had a great senior season there. From what I hear he's a great guy, but I haven't had the privilege of meeting him. So I'm looking forward to getting around him. I know Bruce Smith is gone and some other veterans are gone, but I'm looking forward to getting there and being a part of their youth movement on both sides of the ball.

We are going to talk again on Monday to discuss some things, so I'm not quite sure when I will head up to Buffalo yet. They want to finish up their draft and feel good about that, and then we'll talk again on Monday.

I really did expect to go sooner than I did today. There were some teams that I talked to who said they were really, really high on me, and I thought they would take me higher, but I was prepared. My agent prepared me very well, and actually I was even prepared to get drafted tomorrow. So when I did get the call I was very surprised.

The fact that I lasted until the end of the third round will motivate me very much, and I think in a positive way. I'm the type of person who doesn't need much motivation. I work hard to begin with, but I think that is going to make me work even harder now, especially for Buffalo and the kind of organization they are.

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