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Buffalo Bills 9th overall picks, 9 days from the 2016 NFL draft

C.J. Spiller was the most recent player to be selected ninth overall by the Bills.

The 2016 NFL draft is nine days away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 9?

Buffalo has drafted three players at pick 9. Here’s a look at the former Bills draft picks.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson (2010)                 

Entering the 2010 NFL draft, many analysts listed Spiller as the most explosive playmaker available. Despite this label, it was quite the surprise when the Bills drafted Spiller. The team already had Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch at running back so it seemed like a curious choice.

As a rookie, Spiller only had 74 carries for 283 yards. He added 157 yards and a touchdown on 24 receptions. In 2011, Spiller’s workload increased to 107 attempts. Spiller made the most of his rushes by carrying the ball for 561 yards (5.2 YPC) and four touchdowns. His receiving total increased to 39 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns. By his third season, Spiller’s production exploded.

The running back started in nine games in his third season. He rushed the ball 207 times for 1,244 yards and six touchdowns while adding another 459 yards and two touchdowns on 43 receptions. Spiller was named to the Pro Bowl that season.

Although he didn’t match his production the following season in Buffalo, Spiller went over 1,000 combined yards (933 rushing, 185 receiving). The following season, Spiller’s last in Buffalo, he rushed for 300 yards on 78 carries in nine games. The Bills decided to move on from Spiller and the back landed in New Orleans.

Spiller’s first season with the Saints was a letdown. He only carried the ball 36 times for 112 yards while catching 34 passes for 239 yards.

Haven Moses, WR, San Diego St. (1968)

Moses’ career lasted all the way to 1981. The receiver spent a little over four seasons with the Bills. During his tenure with Buffalo, Moses started in 23 games while appearing in 59 games. He caught 146 passes for 2,641 yards and 12 touchdowns as a member of the Bills. In 1969, Moses was named to the AFL All-Star Game.

In 1972, Buffalo traded Moses to the Denver Broncos for receiver Dwight Harrison. Moses spent 10 seasons with Denver and caught 302 passes for 5,450 yards and 44 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1973 and is on the Broncos’ Ring of Fame.

Jim Dunaway, DT, Mississippi (1963)

Dunaway was drafted third overall by the Vikings and ninth overall by the Bills. The defensive tackle opted to play in the AFL over the NFL. With the Bills, Dunaway was a member of back-to-back AFL Championship Teams and he spent nine seasons with the Bills.

At one point in his tenure with the Bills, Dunaway was named to four consecutive AFL All-Star games and was a first-team All-Pro once during this span of time. In his career with the Bills, Dunaway played in 126 games. Dunaway’s final season came in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins (1972) where he won a Super Bowl championship.

After his career, Dunaway faced a wrongful death suit over the death of his ex-wife. He was found liable in the case and was ordered to pay $579,000 to his kids.

 

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