The 2016 NFL draft is 57 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 57?
Buffalo has drafted four players at pick 57. Here’s a look at the former Bills players.
Frank Reich, QB, Maryland (1985)
Reich needs no introduction for Bills fans. The quarterback once held the largest comeback in college football history and still holds the NFL’s greatest comeback ever with Buffalo. In the Wild Card round of against the Houston Oilers, Reich and the Bills fell behind 35-3 before eventually scoring 38 of the 41 points.
In Buffalo, Reich served as Jim Kelly’s backup from 1986-1994 and also had stints with the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, and Detroit Lions. Throughout his professional career, Reich threw for 6,075 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 36 interceptions. Reich will always be known as the greatest backup QB in Bills history.
Reich is currently the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles. He served in the same role with the San Diego Chargers from 2014-2015.
Joe Ferguson, QB, Arkansas (1973)
The Bills Wall of Fame quarterback played with Buffalo from 1973 to 1984. During his tenure with Buffalo, Ferguson went 77-86 as the team’s starting QB and threw for 27,590 yards with 181 touchdowns and 190 interceptions.
Ferguson helped lead Buffalo to the playoffs in 1974, 1980, and 1981. He went 1-3 in the playoffs with the Bills and started 107 consecutive games with the Bills from 1977 to 1984.
Ferguson’s NFL career lasted through 1990. He had stints with the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Indianapolis Colts.
In 1995, Ferguson actually signed a contract to play for the San Antonio Texans in the CFL. He served as the team’s backup QB. The other backup QB on the San Antonio Texans was Jimmy Kemp, the son of former Bills QB Jack Kemp. Another fun Buffalo connection? Ferguson’s head coach was Kay Stephenson, a former Bills QB and head coach.
Jim Braxton, RB, West Virginia (1971)
Braxton spent almost eight full seasons with the Bills. In his Bills career, he rushed for 2,842 yards and 23 touchdowns in 80 games (62 starts). Braxton also added 140 receptions for 1,426 yards and six receiving touchdowns in Buffalo. He is currently Buffalo’s 11th all-time leading rusher. Although those stats are impressive on their own, Braxton’s main job was to block for O.J. Simpson.
The running back spent 10 games with the Miami Dolphins in 1978.
At 37 years old, Braxton passed away from cancer in 1986.
Jim Reilly, G, Notre Dame (1970)
Reilly unfortunately did not have a notable career like the three Bills drafted after him. The offensive guard spent two seasons with the Bills and started 27 games over that time.
At Notre Dame, Reilly was an All-American. In 1994, Reilly was playing basketball with friends when he suffered a heart attack. He passed away at the age of 46.