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Buffalo Bills - Best Number One Pick for Every Team in NFL Draft History

The Bills missed a chance to go to the Super Bowl this past season by losing to the Kansas City Chiefs. Buffalo will continue to seek that elusive Lombardi Trophy that escaped their grasp four times before when they made the big dance. Those four Super Bowl teams the Bills put together dominated the AFC during that time and if not for Scott Norwood, the city of Buffalo would have claimed an NFL title. The quarterback at the time was Jim Kelly. Kelly was the second of two first-round picks in 1983 taken after Buffalo also drafted Tony Hunter. Kelly was a part of a draft class that is considered to have brought the best group of quarterbacks to the NFL in one single draft process. Also taken in 1983 were John Elway, Dan Marino, and a few others who did not have quite the career the aforementioned did (Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason, Ken O’Brien, Reggie Collier, Gary Kubiak). As for the Buffalo Bills' first-round draft history, they’ve had some great picks like Bruce Smith in 1985. But one of the greatest running backs in history who had a negative life following football was the “Juice.” O.J. Simpson came to Buffalo in 1969 as the best running back in college football. He was the first to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. Between Simpson, Kelly, and Bruce Smith, putting his off-the-field issues aside, O.J. would have to be the best number one pick in Buffalo history.

Honorable Mentions: Joe Delamielleure (1973), Nate Clements (2001), J.P. Losman (2004), Marshawn Lynch (2007), Marcell Dareus (2011), Stephon Gilmore (2012), and Josh Allen (2018)

Harv Aronson

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