The 2016 NFL draft is 70 days away. As the draft approaches, Buffalo Football Report will be doing a countdown of sorts. For each day leading up to the draft, BFR will look at players who have been selected by Buffalo at that pick.
Obviously, there may be some spots where the Buffalo Bills have never selected a player. However, 70 days away from the NFL draft, we have three former Bills who were selected at pick 70.
Ashton Youboty, DB, Ohio State (2006)
In the 2006 NFL draft, two of Buffalo’s first three picks were spent on defensive backs from Ohio State. The first was Donte Whitner, who we’ll look at eight days away from the draft, and Youboty. Buffalo’s third round pick in 2006 left Ohio State after his junior season.
Youboty spent five seasons with the Bills. During his time in Buffalo, Youboty started seven games while playing in 43 games. During his time in Buffalo, Youboty had 60 total tackles, seven passes defensed, one interception, and one forced fumble.
After his time in Buffalo, Youboty spent a season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also spent time with the Colts and Texans, but didn’t appear in any games.
Gary Marangi, QB, Boston College (1974)
Marangi went 20-13 during his time as quarterback at Boston College. Despite the team’s record, Marangi’s stats didn’t exactly jump off the page. He completed about 53 percent of his passes (235-of-447) at Boston College for 2,739 yards, with 23 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
When the Bills drafted Marangi, it was to serve as backup to Joe Ferguson. In his first season, Marangi appeared in three games and completed 9-of-18 passes for 140 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Marangi’s second season resulted in the quarterback appearing in five games. His completion percentage dipped to 39.4 percent (13-of-33). He threw for 235 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
In his final season with the Bills, Marangi started seven games for Buffalo. Joe Ferguson started the season for Buffalo in 1976, but was sidelined with a back injured after the team’s seventh game. At this point, the Bills were 2-5 so Marangi took over an underwhelming team.
Unfortunately, Marangi wasn’t able to help the team whatsoever over the final seven games. Marangi went 0-7 as the team’s starter and only completed 82-of-232 pass attempts (35.3 completion percentage). He finished the season throwing for 998 yards with seven touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Since retiring, Marangi coached high school football at Patchogue-Medford until at least 2013. The street name for the school? Buffalo Avenue.
Tom Rhoads, DE, Notre Dame (1967)
Despite being drafted at pick 70, Rhoads never played with the Bills. He was a member of the 1966 Notre Dame National Championship team. Today, Rhoads is co-owner of Suite Paws Pet Resort & Spa