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Buffalo Bills by College Conference: ACC Rules Supreme

It's no surprise that the ACC rules supreme when breaking down Buffalo's 90-man roster by college conference.

Almost 28 percent of the Buffalo Bills' 90-man roster came out of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Not only does the ACC rule supreme in terms of overall numbers, but the Bills have spent several high draft picks on ACC players as of late.

Shaq Lawson, Sammy Watkins, and EJ Manuel, Buffalo's first round picks in the last four years, have all come from the ACC. Buffalo's first pick of the 2015 draft, Ronald Darby, also came out of the ACC. 

Buffalo's big three on offense, Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy, and Watkins all came from current ACC schools. This conference has been kind to the Bills. 

Here's a breakdown of every player on Buffalo's current roster, as well as the conference they played for in college.

ACC (25)

Sammy Watkins

Shaq Lawson

Jonathan Meeks

Ronald Darby

EJ Manuel

Nick O’Leary

Garrison Sanborn

Karlos Williams

James Wilder Jr.

Mario Butler

T.J. Barnes

Preston Brown

John Miller

Eric Wood

Seantrel Henderson

Leonard Hankerson

Justin Renfrow

Manny Lawson

Zach Brown

Greg Little

Kevin Reddick

LeSean McCoy

Tyrod Taylor

Jarrett Boykin

Max Valles

SEC (14)

Marcell Dareus

Javier Arenas

Reggie Ragland

Cyrus Kouandjio

Chris Gragg

Jonathan Williams

Mike Gillislee

Cordy Glenn

Marshall Morgan

Fernando Velasco

Lavar Edwards

Reid Ferguson

Kyle Williams

Stephon Gilmore

Big-12 (10)

Cyril Richardson

Jamison Lalk

Glenn Gronkowski

Eric Striker

Jerry Hughes

Kolby Listenbee

Marquise Goodwin

Cedric Reed

Aaron Williams

Marquis Lucas

Big-10 (8)

Jerel Worthy

Richie Incognito

Corbin Bryant

Cardale Jones

Adolphus Washington

Boom Herron

Robert Kugler

Ryan Groy

Conference USA (7)

Randell Johnson

I.K. Enemkpali

Jordan Mills

Davonte Allen

Jamari Lattimore

Sammy Seamster

Jonathan Dowling

PAC-12 (6)

Gary Chambers

Lorenzo Alexander

Nickell Robey

Kevon Seymour

Robert Woods

Jim Dray

American Athletic (6)

Leger Douzable

Chris Martin

Blake Annen

Sterling Moore

Charles Clay

Marcus Easley

Big Sky (3)

Colton Schmidt

Colt Anderson

Dan Carpenter

Southern (2)

Jerome Felton

Corey White

Mountain West (2)

Greg Salas

Duke Williams

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (1)

Justin Zimmer

Colonial Athletic Association (1)

Corey Graham

Mid-American (1)

Bryson Albright

Southland (1)

Dezmin Lewis

Ohio Valley (1)

Walter Powell

Independent (1)

Robert Blanton

Southern Athletic Association (1)

Jordan Gay


Other Conference Notes

  • The SEC comes in second place and the Bills have found their fair share of playmakers, especially on the defensive side of the ball, in the conference. Star defensive linemen Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams are both SEC alums and No. 1 CB Stephon Gilmore also came out of the conference. Offensively, left tackle Cordy Glenn is the biggest star the Bills have from the SEC.
  • The Big-12 is currently third on the list, but at least half of these players aren't guaranteed a roster spot. Jerry Hughes and Aaron Williams are the only true locks to make the roster from this conference.
  • Six of the eight Big-10 players are on the offensive or defensive line.
  • Conference USA currently edges out the PAC-12, but that won't be the case after the final 53-man roster is set.
  • Blake Annen has been making waves as a pass catching option at tight end. If he beats out Chris Gragg and Nick O'Leary, Buffalo's top two receiving tight ends will have come out of the American Athletic Conference.
  • The Big Sky conference has been kind to the Bills in terms of special teams. Buffalo's kicker and punter came from the conference and Colt Anderson, a free agent signing, is expected to play a big role on special teams this season.
  • Nine other conferences have 1-2 players on Buffalo's roster.

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