The 2016 NFL draft is 51 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 51?
Buffalo has drafted three players at pick 51. Here’s a look at the former Bills players.
Andy Levitre, G, Oregon State (2009)
Levitre was drafted by the Bills in 2009 and instantly contributed for Buffalo. The offensive guard was a 16 game starter as a rookie and was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie Team.
Levitre played very well at guard for the Bills and never missed any time on the field in Buffalo. Over his four seasons with the Bills, Levitre started 64 games. His high level of play and durability made Levitre a highly-sought after free agent.
The Tennessee Titans ended up signing Levitre in free agency in 2013. He signed a six-year, $46.8 million contract with the Titans. Unfortunately for Tennessee, Levitre never played at the same level with the Titans. The offensive guard did start in 32 games over two seasons but he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons just before the start of the 2015 season.
Levitre continued to show his durability in Atlanta by starting in 16 games. Over his career, Levitre has yet to miss a game and has 112 consecutive starts.
Jim Haslett, LB, Indiana (PA) (1979)
To Bills fans, Haslett is best known as a member of the Bermuda Triangle along with Fred Smerlas and Shane Nelson. The trio recently reunited at the Buffalo Auto Show.
Haslett was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1979 and he named an All-Pro in 1980. He spent seven seasons in Buffalo and recorded 84 starts in 91 games. He recorded five interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, and 4.5 sacks with the Bills and finished his playing career with the Jets.
After his playing career, Haslett decided to get into coaching. His first coaching job was back in Western New York with the Buffalo Bulls as an assistant coach. Since his first coaching job, Haslett has bounced around between quite a few teams in different roles. He’s served as head coach with the Saints and Rams (interim). Haslett is currently the linebackers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Al Bemiller, C, Syracuse (1961)
Bemiller’s NFL career with Buffalo lasted nine seasons. He was named to the AFL All-Star team in 1965 and was a member of both Bills AFL Championship teams. The offensive lineman played in 126 games with the Bills and recorded 111 starts. Bemiller played guard, center, and tackle for Buffalo.
Upon retiring, Bemiller worked as a substitute teacher in Buffalo’s public school system and officiated wrestling for the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association from 1970-2003.