The 2016 NFL draft is 25 days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 25?
Buffalo has drafted two players at pick 25. Here’s a look at the former Bills draft picks.
Randy Jackson, OT, Florida (1966)
Jackson was drafted by the Bills in the AFL and by the Bears (51st overall) in the 1966 NFL draft. The offensive tackle played eight seasons in Chicago and recorded 84 starts in his career.
Jackson is a member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame.
Butch Byrd, DB, Boston University (1964)
Byrd is another player that may not get the recognition that he truly deserves. The defensive back had an outstanding career with the Bills. As a rookie, Byrd was a 14 game starter. He recorded seven interceptions that season, as well as on defensive touchdown. Byrd also recorded an interception in the playoffs that helped Buffalo on their way to their first AFL Championship. He recorded another postseason interception the following season as Buffalo became back-to-back AFL Champions.
In his career with the Bills, Byrd never had less than four interceptions in a season. He finished his eight year career with the Bills with 40 interceptions. Byrd’s 40 interceptions are first all-time in Bills history and his five career interceptions for touchdowns is tied for first all-time in Bills history with Nate Clements. He’s also first all-time in interception yards (666) with Buffalo.
Byrd also contributed as a punt returner. He’s seventh all-time in team history with 600 punt return yards and one touchdown.
In his career with the Bills, Byrd was named to five AFL All-Star games (1964-1967, 1969) and was a three-time First-Team All-Pro according to Pro Football Reference.
Byrd was a member of Buffalo’s 25th anniversary team and 50th anniversary team. He’s also a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
His last season came in 1971 with the Denver Broncos. Buffalo traded Byrd to Denver for a fifth-round pick in the 1972 draft. Byrd would retire after one season in Denver.
The Bills have had many greats on the defensive side of the ball and Byrd is certainly one of those players.