By John Ginder @JGUpstateNY on March 27, 2014
There is so much preparation that goes into the NFL draft. Teams follow players for months, and perhaps years, in hopes that they have the opportunity to pick them when it is their turn. Some players that enter the draft become immediate superstars; some don't. Every team has wanted a mulligan when it comes to certain picks, as wrong decisions can set a franchise back years.
Here is a list of the top five blunders for the Buffalo Bills.
It is hard to say a player is a team's blunder just a few years after they made the selection. In Torell Troup's case it wasn't that difficult.
The Bills drafted Troup in the 2nd round in 2010. In what wasn't a glaring need for the team at the time, they decided to select the defensive tackle with their pick, just one pick ahead of the New England Patriots' pick on Rob Gronkowski.
The Bills made a trade with the Chicago Bears on the 2006 draft to move back into the first round to select John McCargo. McCargo was projected a late second-round or a third-round pick, so it was a stretch for the Bills to take him in the first round. McCargo played in 44 games in his six seasons, recording just 34 tackles.
The Bills were not a good team in 2001. Finishing the season 3-13, the Bills ended up positioning themselves with the 4th overall pick. With many needs, the offensive line was one that could always be upgraded. Coming out of the University of Texas was the 6-foot-6, 370 pound tackle Mike Williams. The Bills were thrilled to make that pick, only to have him last four very disappointing seasons.
Desperate to find a post-Jim Kelly franchise quarterback, the Bills thought they found what they were looking for in 2004. In a draft day trade with the Dallas Cowboys, the Bills traded three picks to move back into the first round to select JP Losman. One of the picks ended up being the 20th overall pick in the 2005 draft. Available at that pick was a guy named Aaron Rodgers. I think the Bills' quarterbacking situation would have been solved.
The biggest draft blunder made by the Buffalo Bills was their selection of Aaron Maybin in 2009. At the time Maybing was picked, so many other players were available who would have filled the needs of the Bills for years. Instead, Maybin played two seasons in Buffalo, starting just one game and recording just 14 tackles.
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