The 2016 NFL draft is 26 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 26?
Buffalo has drafted five players at pick 26. Here’s a look at the former Bills draft picks.
John McCargo, DT, NC State (2006)
McCargo was Buffalo’s second 1st round pick in the 2006 draft. After passing on drafting Haloti Ngata earlier in the draft, the Bills selected McCargo at 26th overall. It was a surprising move as no one regarded McCargo as a first round pick in the draft. Unfortunately, this was a case of the rest of the league being right about the defensive tackle.
McCargo played five games as a rookie before suffering an injury that ended his season. He appeared in 16 games in his second season and recorded 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Both of these would end up being career-highs for Buffalo. The Bills attempted to trade McCargo to the Colts in 2008 for a fourth round pick, but he failed his physical.
In his five seasons with the Bills, McCargo recorded one start in 40 games and recorded 47 total tackles and 2.5 sacks. McCargo played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 and appeared in four games. He was signed by the Bears in 2012 but was released before the start of the season.
Erik Flowers, DE, Arizona State (2000)
Flowers only lasted two seasons in Buffalo. As a rookie, he played in 16 games and recorded 20 tackles, two sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. His second season saw him make six starts in 15 games. That season, Flowers recorded 21 total tackles and two sacks.
Buffalo was released by Buffalo the following season. He played with the Texans (2002) and the Rams (2003-2004). He recorded 16 total tackles and one sack over this span of time.
Henry Jones, DB, Illinois (1991)
Jones developed into a great safety in Buffalo. After a quiet rookie season, Jones became a 16 game starter in his second season. In 1992, Jones was credited with 92 tackles, eight interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. That season, Jones led the NFL in interceptions, was named to the Pro Bowl, and was a First-Team All-Pro.
He’d go on to start with the Bills all the way to 2000. In his entire career in Buffalo, Jones recorded 664 total tackles, 18 interceptions, four defensive touchdowns, seven forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, and five sacks. He made 129 starts in 144 games with the Bills.
Jones played with the Vikings in 2001 and started in five games. He played one final season in 2002 with the Falcons.
Greg Bell, RB, Notre Dame (1984)
As a rookie, Bell was named to the Pro Bowl with the Bills. The running back rushed for 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns on 262 carries. He also added 277 yards on 34 receptions.
Bell’s second season saw him score eight rushing touchdowns and go over 1,000 total yards. He rushed for 883 yards and added a career-high 576 yards receiving.
Although Bell had two strong seasons in Buffalo, he’s most famous for being included in a massive three team trade. Buffalo traded Bell, their first round picks in 1988 and 1989, and their second round pick in 1989 to the Colts for the rights to linebacker Cornelius Bennett. Indianapolis used their massive haul and more to land RB Eric Dickerson from the Los Angeles Rams. It was a trade in which all three trades did very well for themselves.
In Los Angeles, Bell would have two highly productive seasons. Bell rushed for 1,212 yards and 16 touchdowns on 288 carries in 1988 and 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns on 272 carries in 1989. In 1990, Bell would finish his career with the Raiders.
Joe DeLamielleure, OG, Michigan State (1973)
The Hall of Famer’s first stint in Buffalo lasted from 1973 to 1979. He was a key member of the Electric Company. During his time in Buffalo, DeLamielleure made five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances (1975-1979) and was a First-Team All-Pro in 1975, 1976, and 1977.
DeLamielleure was traded to the Browns in 1980 and he once again appeared in the Pro Bowl. He remained a starter in Cleveland throughout his tenure with the team through 1984. In 1985, DeLamielleure returned to the Bills. In his career, DeLamielleure recorded 175 starts in 185 games.
DeLamielleure had no shortage of accolades in his career. He was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 1970s and Buffalo’s 50th Anniversary Team. DeLamielleure is also on Buffalo’s Wall of Fame, as well as Cleveland’s Wall of Fame.
He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.