Bills currently sitting on historic amount of early draft capital

April 12, 2018 - 12:01 am

When it comes to the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have some historic capital to play with.

The Bills come into the draft later this month with two picks in each of the first three rounds, giving them six of the first 96 overall selections.

To put that all into perspective, if the Bills were to actually use all six of those selections in those currently slotted spots, they’d be only the second NFL team in a decade to make six of the first 96 picks, and would be only the third to do it since the league expanded to 32 teams.

The then-St. Louis Rams were the last team to do it when they had and used six of the first 96 picks in 2012, exactly what the Bills hold right now. In 2008, the Kansas City Chiefs made six of the first 82 selections. 

Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to the year 2000 when the San Francisco 49ers used six of the first 86, but that was two years before the Houston Texans’ inaugural season and when the league had only 31 teams.

Several teams used close to as much capital in that time. They include:

  • 2002 Houston Texans (their first draft): 6 of the first 99 picks
  • 2008 Atlanta Falcons: 6 of the first 98
  • 2009 New England Patriots: 6 of the first 97
  • 2016 Cleveland Browns: 6 of the first 99

As far as the Bills own draft history, the last time they used six picks in the top-96 was in 1985 when they made seven of the first 86 selections. Since then, the closest they’ve come was calling six of the first 98 in 1994, but there were only 28 teams in the league in both those seasons, which meant teams didn’t have to wait as long for each of their turns. All this added up means it's been at least 24 and, more accurately, 33 years since the Bills had this much capital in the first three rounds of the draft. In other words, it just doesn't happen much. It's rare.

And just in case you were wondering who they selected with all those picks in those two previous seasons, here’s a look:

1.)  (1)  DE - Bruce Smith 
1.) (14) DB - Derrick Burroughs   
2.) (29) OG - Mark Traynowicz    
2.) (42) WR - Chris Burkett    
3.) (57) QB - Frank Reich    
3.) (63) LB - Hal Garner    
4.) (86) WR - Andre Reed 

1.) (27) CB - Jeff Burris    
2.) (48) CB - Bucky Brooks    
2.) (61) TE - Lonnie Johnson    
2.) (64) LB - Sam Rogers   
3.) (81) LB - Marlo Perry    
3.) (98) OT - Corey Louchiey   

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