The quarterback who was supposed to replace Jim Kelly was selected 45th overall.
The 2016 NFL draft is 45 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 45?
Buffalo has drafted two players at pick 45. Here’s a look at the former Bills players.
Todd Collins, QB, Michigan (1995)
Todd Collins was drafted to be the heir apparent at quarterback for the Bills. Unfortunately for Buffalo, Collins was no Jim Kelly.
The quarterback played in Buffalo for three seasons. Over that time, he started in 17 games and went 7-10 as a starter. In 1997, Collins’ final season in Buffalo, the quarterback went 5-8 as a starter and completed 55 percent of his passes.
From 1998-2005, Collins was with the Kansas City Chiefs. Collins didn’t see any action in his first three seasons, but he saw playing time in the next seasons with Kansas City. In his career with the Chiefs, Collins did not record any starts. He completed 18-of-27 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown in eight seasons.
Washington would be Collins’ next home in the NFL. He actually went 3-0 as a starter in Washington 2007 and helped the Redskins get into the playoffs. Collins and Washington lost to the Seahawks in the playoffs 35-14.
His last stop in the league was with the Chicago Bears in 2010. In appeared in two games and had one start, a 23-6 win over Carolina. He completed 6-of-16 passes for 32 yards and four interceptions before being benched in favor of Caleb Hanie.
Ken Jones, T, Arkansas St. (1976)
Jones’ tenure with the Bills lasted from 1976-1986. He played in 158 games in his career with Buffalo (137 starts) and appeared in three playoff games in his career.
In 1987, Jones finished his career with the New York Jets. He appeared in five games and logged four starts.
After his career was over, Jones coached high school football at LaSalle high school in Niagara Falls. Jones is very involved with the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association according to their webpage.