The 2016 NFL draft is 52 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 52?
Buffalo has drafted four players at pick 52. Here’s a look at the former Bills players.
Marcellus Wiley, DE, Columbia (1997)
Wiley spent four seasons with the Bills and recorded 131 total tackles. The defensive end started 19 games in his four seasons in Buffalo but really came on during his final season with the Bills. In 2000, Wiley started in 15 of 16 games and recorded 65 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
Wiley left Buffalo for San Diego in 2001 and had a Pro Bowl season during his first year with the Chargers. The defensive end had 13 sacks, 48 tackles, five forced fumbles, and two passes defensed during his first year in San Diego. Wiley played for the Chargers for three seasons before making stops with the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Today, Wiley hosts a radio show with Max Kellerman and also co-hosts SportsNation on ESPN.
Joe Devlin, OT, Iowa (1976)
Devlin spent his entire NFL career with the Bills. The offensive tackle played from 1976-1989 and started in 179-of-191 games with Buffalo. Besides his rookie season, Devlin started in every game he was active from 1977-1989.
Dave Hojnowski, a former Bills equipment manager, discussed Devlin as the most superstitious player he ever worked with in Buffalo.
“Joe was the most superstitious guy as far as that goes,” said Hojnowski. “First and foremost he wouldn’t want his facemask altered. After a while his facemask would get flattened out from all the collisions, and when it flattens out it actually makes your helmet wider. So he would complain something awful if we did anything to it.
“He never wanted decals replaced. He wanted all the battle scars left on his helmet to show. He was probably be one of the guys that never wanted anything changed. He may have had his jersey sewn and repaired 25 times, but he never wanted it switched.”
"One of the best tackles I’ve ever played with," said DeLamielleure. "Never went to a Pro Bowl, which was a joke. Literally one of the best players I’ve ever played with."
Devlin is one of Buffalo’s all-time most underappreciated players.
Jim Kanicki, DT, Michigan State (1963)
Kanicki was drafted by Buffalo in the AFL, but he opted to play in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. The defensive tackle played seven seasons in Cleveland and then joined the Giants from 1970-1971.
Kanicki owns the Arthur Louis Steel Company in Ohio.
Jim LeCompte, G, North Carolina (1962)
LeCompte was a three year letterman from 1959-1961 at North Carolina. The offensive guard did not record any professional stats according to Pro Football Reference after being drafted by Buffalo.
LeCompte passed away in 2011.