The 2016 NFL draft is 34 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 34?
Buffalo has drafted three players at pick 34. Here’s a look at the former Bills draft picks.
Aaron Williams, DB, Texas (2011)
Williams played cornerback in his first two seasons with the Bills. During that time, Williams started in 16 games and recorded one interception and 12 passes defensed. By his third season, the Bills decided to move Williams to safety. Before the 2011 draft, there were quite a few teams that viewed Williams as one of the top safety prospects in the draft class.
Leading up to the 2013 season, Williams impressed then-defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
“I think he’s ahead of schedule of where we thought he would be,” said Pettine. “He’s flashed just the things that we saw in him as far as being a safety. He’s had some interceptions and obviously his range his ability to get sideline to sideline is obviously something we’re going to take advantage of.”
Williams played and started in 14 games in 2013 with the Bills. He recorded career-highs in interceptions (4), passes defensed (11), and combined tackles (82) that season.
After the best season of his career, the Bills signed William to a four-year extension worth over $26 million.
Williams started in 14 games in 2014 and recorded 76 total tackles, one interception, and five passes defensed.
Unfortunately, Williams’ 2015 season was cut short due to a serious neck injury. The safety originally hurt his neck against the Patriots in Week 2. He returned in Week 5 to play against the Titans but re-injured his neck during the game. Williams was placed on the injured reserve after the Titans game and although he was designed to return, the safety did not appear in another game.
In 2016, the Bills have said that Williams will be ready to play. Talent-wise, Williams is Buffalo’s best season so having him on the field will greatly help Rex Ryan in his second season as head coach.
Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State (2007)
The two-time Bednarik award winner and one-time Butkus award winner fell to the second round of th 2007 NFL draft. Buffalo traded up to select the linebacker 34th overall.
Posluszny missed the majority of his rookie season with the Bills after suffering a broken left forearm. However, in his next three seasons with the Bills, Posluszny went over 100 combined tackles. Over his four-year stint with Buffalo, Posluszny recorded 398 total tackles, three sacks, four interceptions, 14 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
The linebacker left the Bills in 2011 and signed a six-year, $42 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In four of his five seasons in Jacksonville, Posluszny has accounted for over 100 combined tackles. His best season came in 2013 when Posluszny was named to the Pro Bowl after being named an alternate. That season, Posluszny recorded 122 solo tackles, 40 assists, three sacks, two interceptions, one touchdown, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Posluszny is under contract with the Jaguars through the 2017 season.
Bob Tatarek, DT, Miami (1968)
Tatarek spent four full seasons and a part of a fifth season with the Bills. The defensive tackle recorded 18 started in 47 career games in Buffalo. In 1972, Tatarek played in one game with Buffalo and two games with the Detroit Lions.
After his NFL career ended, Tatarek moved to the World Football League. He spent time playing for the Jacksonville Sharks, Birmingham Americans, and Birmingham Vulcans. He was a member of the World Bowl I championship team.
Tatarek was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.