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Fine selected in fourth round by Buffalo

April 27, 2008, 12:36 p.m. Updated April 27, 2008, 5:12 p.m.

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Former Kansas University tight end Derek Fine was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Sunday by the Buffalo Bills. He was the 132nd pick overall.

Many mock drafts didn't place Fine in the middle rounds. But his strong showing in pre-draft workouts, including the prestigious NFL Combine, made him a wanted man by several NFL teams.

Fine, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound Oklahoma native, caught 46 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns in 2007. He's considered a balanced tight end who can both catch and block, though he's smaller than traditional NFL tight ends. Still, his special teams play and unique talents make him an asset in certain offenses as an H-back.

That said, Buffalo Bills scout Brad Forsyth said he was drafted to be a traditional tight end for the Bills.

"We like his toughness, love his versatility," Forsyth said. "You can move him around. Extremely smart guy, and also he's a special teams guy."

Fine was the third Jayhawk drafted, joining Aqib Talib (Tampa Bay) and Anthony Collins (Cincinnati). Marcus Henry (New York Jets) was drafted later on in the sixth round.

"I was trying to relax and let everything take its course," Fine said. "(Where he was picked) was out of my control so I was just trying to think more about the football aspect."

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