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Buffalo Bills 1st overall picks, 1 day from the 2016 NFL draft

Arguably the greatest Bills player of all-time was selected first overall by the Bills.

The 2016 NFL draft is one day away. Who have the Buffalo Bills drafted at pick 1?

Buffalo has drafted four players at pick 1. Here’s a look at the former Bills draft picks.

Bruce Smith, DE, Virginia Tech (1985)

The greatest player in Buffalo Bills history (in my opinion) was drafted first overall by the Bills in 1985. After a rookie season in which Smith recorded 6.5 sacks, the defensive end went on to record 12 double-digit sack seasons in 13 seasons. The only season Smith didn’t register double-digit sacks over that span of time was in 1991 when he missed 11 games due to a knee injury. In his final season with the Bills, Smith registered seven sacks. Buffalo released Smith as a salary cap measure after the 1999 season. During his career with the Bills, Smith registered 171 sacks, 1,054 total tackles, 35 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown, and two interceptions.

Smith made 11 Pro Bowls in 12 seasons from 1987-1998 and was an eight time First-Team All-Pro. In addition to these accolades, Smith was a part of the Super Bowl Bills, a team that made four consecutive Super Bowls. He was also a member of the NFL’s 1980s and 1990s All-Decade Teams, a two time AP Defensive Player of the Year, and a three time PFWA Defensive Player of the Year.

Smith would go on to play three seasons with the Washington Redskins. The defensive end finished his career with 200 total sacks.

He was named to the Bills Wall of Fame, Buffalo’s 50th Anniversary Team, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Tom Cousineau, LB, Ohio State (1979)

Cousineau never played a down with the Bills. After being drafted first overall by Buffalo, Cousineau opted to play in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes. The Alouettes offered Cousineau twice as much money as the Bills did which influenced his decision.

After three seasons in the CFL, Cousineau was ready to play in the NFL but he didn’t want to play for Buffalo. The Bills ended up trading Cousineau’s rights to the Browns. In return, Buffalo received the 14th pick in the 1983 NFL draft. That pick ended up being Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly.

Cousineau was a major bust for the Bills, but he helped the team net one of their greatest players of all-time.

Walt Patulski, DE, Notre Dame (1972)

Patulski spent four seasons with the Bills. He led the team in sacks as a rookie with five and in four seasons he registered 21.5 sacks. After four seasons, the Bills traded Patulski to the St. Louis Cardinals for a second round pick. He suffered a career-ending injury with Cardinals in 1977.

O.J. Simpson, RB, USC (1969)

Simpson tarnished his entire career with the events that unfolded after his career was over, but as a football player he’s one of Buffalo’s best players of all-time.

The running back spent nine seasons with the Bills and rushed for 10,183 yards on 2,123 carries (4.8 YPC). In 112 games played, 98 starts, Simpson scored 57 rushing touchdowns. Simpson also recorded 1,924 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 175 receptions. From 1972-1976, Simpson rushed for over 1,000 yards, including a 1973 season that saw him rush for 2,003 yards. Simpson spent the last two seasons of his career with the San Francisco 49ers.

As a rookie, Simpson was an AFL All-Star. In the NFL, Simpson made five Pro Bowl appearances and was a five time First Team All-Pro in Buffalo. The running back was the league’s rushing champion in 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1976. Simpson was the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 1973 and the NFL’s MVP that season.

Simpson’s accolades also include being a member of the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team, the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team, Buffalo’s 25th Anniversary Team, Buffalo’s Wall of Fame, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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