Buffalo Football Report's countdown to the draft continues! The 2016 NFL draft is 69 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 69? Here's a look at the three players Buffalo selected 69th overall.
T.J. Graham, WR, North Carolina State (2012)
The Bills fell in love with Graham’s speed in the 2012 NFL draft and selected the wide receiver in the third round. Unfortunately, speed was the only thing Graham brought to the table for Buffalo. His small frame (5’11” and 188 lbs.) was a concern, as was his route running. Graham was a very raw player that the Bills hoped that they could develop, but it just didn’t work out.
Graham lasted two seasons with the Bills and caught 54 passes in 31 games (17 starts). His 54 receptions went for 683 yards and three touchdowns. Graham was one of the final 10 cuts made by the Bills in 2014.
Since being released by Buffalo, Graham has spent time with the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, and New Orleans Saints. This was a bad miss by the Bills.
Glenn Parker, OL, Arizona (1990)
Whereas the Bills missed on Graham, they hit on Parker. The offensive lineman played in 104 games with the Bills, starting in 72 games, and was a part of the team that appeared in four straight Super Bowls.
After his stint in Buffalo, Parker played three seasons for the Chiefs, and two seasons with the Giants. He appeared in a fifth Super Bowl with the Giants. Unfortunately Super Bowl XXXV did not go well for New York and they fell 34-7 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Since retiring from the NFL, Parker has worked as an analyst. Recently, he’s covered the Pac-12 and has worked as a radio broadcast analyst for the Arizona Cardinals.
Paul Murtha, DB, Pittsburgh (1964)
Murtha was drafted 69th overall by the Bills in 1964. However, Murtha opted to go to the NFL after being selected 10th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1964 NFL draft. Murtha spent six seasons with the Steelers and one year with the Denver Broncos.
Although he never played for Buffalo, Murtha had an interesting career and post-career that you can read about here: Fame’s aftershock hits former Steeler Paul Murtha.