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.
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Conference USA (7)
American Athletic (6)
Big Sky (3)
Mountain West (2)
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic (1)
Colonial Athletic Association (1)
Ohio Valley (1)
Southern Athletic Association (1)
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.