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UB defensive end Malcolm Koonce drafted by Raiders

The 6-foot-2, 249-pound senior is the first Bulls player to be drafted since 2017, when tight end Mason Schreck went to the the Cincinnati Bengals in the 7th round.
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Buffalo Bulls defensive end Malcolm Koonce (50) in action against the Northern Illinois Huskies during a game on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in DeKalb, Ill.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Las Vegas Raiders selected University at Buffalo defensive end Malcolm Koonce in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday night.

Koonce was taken with the 79th overall pick. He's the first Bulls player taken in the NFL Draft since 2017, when tight end Mason Schreck went to the the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round.

The 6-foot-2, 249-pound senior from Peekskill, New York, was the first of back-to-back picks by the Raiders in the third round.

It was a bit of good for the Bulls on a day where head coach Lance Leipold resigned his post and accepted a head coaching job at Kansas. That announcement came Friday morning.

Leipold had been the Bulls head coach since the 2016 season and had a six-year run of success at Buffalo.