The 2016 NFL draft is 68 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 68?
It turns out that Buffalo has selected four players at pick 68 in team history. Here’s a look at the four players drafted by the Bills at pick 68.
Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU (2011)
Sheppard played two seasons for the Bills. He appeared in all 32 games, starting in 24 games, and had a combined 150 tackles, two sacks, one safety, and two passes defensed between 2011 and 2012.
In 2013, the Bills were transitioning to a hybrid 3-4 defense under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. In the draft, Buffalo added Kiko Alonso to play inside linebacker. This made Sheppard expendable. The Bills sent Sheppard to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Jerry Hughes. Sheppard only lasted one season with the Colts and has spent the last two years with the Miami Dolphins.
Hughes on the other hand has developed into an outstanding all-around player in Buffalo. In his three seasons with the team, Hughes has racked up 25 sacks and has been a nightmare in terms of disrupting opposing quarterbacks. Hughes has also shown the ability to drop into coverage and has improved yearly as a run defender.
Sheppard may not have panned out in Buffalo, but the pick turned into Jerry Hughes. This trade will go down as one of the most lopsided deals in Bills history.
Robert Hicks, OT, Mississippi St. (1998)
Hicks lasted three seasons with the Bills before calling it a career. Hicks appeared in 37 games, starting 23 games, with Buffalo before calling it a career in 2000. Since then, Hicks has coached high school football and developed Tackles of Life which focuses on the “development, training and mentoring of youth who desire to excel at the offensive tackle football position.”
Fun fact: Hicks was a stunt double in the movie “The Blindside.” He performed the football scenes for Michael Oher’s character.
Larry Stallings, LB, Georgia Tech (1963)
Stallings had a long career in professional football, but it wasn’t spent with the Bills. Buffalo selecting Stallings in the 9th round of the 1963 AFL draft, but Stallings opted to play in the NFL. Stallings was selected in the 18th round of the NFL draft that year, 241st overall, by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played with the Cardinals from 1963 to 1976 and appeared in one Pro Bowl.
Bill Saul, LB, Penn State (1962)
One year before the Bills drafted Stallings, Saul was selected at pick 68. Saul opted to play in the NFL. He was selected in the second round of the NFL draft (23rd overall) by the Baltimore Colts and Buffalo drafted Saul in the 9th round of the AFL draft. In the NFL, Saul played with Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Detroit.