The 2016 NFL draft is 41 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 41?
Buffalo has drafted six players at pick 41. Here’s a look at the former Bills players.
Robert Woods, WR, USC (2013)
Woods had quite the career at USC. In three seasons, the wide receiver caught 252 passes for 2,930 yards, and 32 touchdowns. In 2011, Woods was named a Consensus All-American. That season, Woods caught 111 passes for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Woods fell to Buffalo at pick 41 in the draft and contributed immediately for the Bills. In his rookie season, Woods caught 40 passes for 587 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. He followed that up with a 65 catch sophomore season that resulted in 699 yards and five touchdowns.
In 2015, Woods’ role changed. There was more of an emphasis on the wide receiver to block in Buffalo’s run-first offense. Woods’ numbers dropped because of this, but he still finished the season with 47 receptions, 552 yards, and three touchdowns.
In 2016, Woods could see his role increase in the passing game. The team lost Chris Hogan to the Patriots and Percy Harvin is a free agent. As it stands, Woods is the clear cut number two option at wide receiver behind Sammy Watkins.
Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia (2012)
Glenn started in 13 games with the Bills as a rookie and hasn’t missed a game since that point in time. In four seasons, the left tackle has 61 starts in 61 games played. The 2015 season was the best season of Glenn’s career. He was solid in run blocking and outstanding in pass blocking for the Bills.
The Bills franchised Glenn this offseason to ensure that he’d remain with Buffalo in 2016. He’ll get paid $13.7 million this season unless the two sides can agree to a long-term deal before July 15. At 26 years old, Glenn is just entering his prime in the NFL.
Torell Troup, DT, Central Florida (2010)
Troup’s NFL career only lasted three seasons. He played in 21 games and registered two starts in Buffalo.
A back injury derailed Troup’s professional career with Buffalo. Unfortunately for Troup, many Bills fans regard the defensive tackle as the player taken one pick ahead of Rob Gronkowski.
James Hardy, WR, Indiana (2008)
Buffalo drafted the 6’6” Hardy hoping that he’d develop into a matchup nightmare for opposing teams, especially in the red zone. Hardy simply didn’t pan out with the Bills or in the NFL.
As a rookie, Hardy played in 14 games, three starts, and caught nine passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. One touchdown reception came late in a victory over the Jaguars. In his second season, Hardy only appeared in two games and recorded one reception for nine yards.
After two seasons, the Bills released Hardy. He signed a future/reserve contract with the Ravens but he never appeared in a game with the team. He was released by Baltimore before the start of the 2011 season after dealing with a hamstring issue.
In 2014, Hardy attacked three police officers and was arrested. At the trial, it was ruled that Hardy was not mentally competent and he was committed to a state hospital.
Eric Richardson, WR, San Jose St. (1984)
Richardson lasted two seasons with the Bills. As a rookie, Richardson caught 12 passes for 201 yards in 16 games (one start). In his second season, Richardson had 49 yards on three receptions in 14 games (one start).
A story from BillsBackers.com involves a story about Richardson ribbing Hall of Fame WR Andre Reed.
In Reed's rookie season, he was ribbed by Eric Richardson, the sophomore receiver who was battling Reed for a starting position.
"Where in the hell is Kutztown State," Richardson asked Reed with sarcasm.
"It's on the way to Canton," answered Andre with a grin.
Bob Sherlag, WR, Memphis (1966)
Sherlag was a part of an undefeated team at Memphis. You can read a bit about his time at Memphis in an article from 2013.
Sherlag played one year professionally with the Atlanta Falcons. In 1966, Sherlag caught four passes for 53 yards and a one touchdown.