Sunday, October 3, 2010
Seven years of Bills first-rounders lacking
By Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- In my halftime observations post from the New York Jets' 38-14 walkthrough against the Buffalo Bills, I gave a rundown of how nonexistent the Bills' past seven first-round draft picks had been through the first two quarters.
The update I'm about to deliver isn't much better.
- Receiver Lee Evans (13th overall in 2004): one catch for 6 yards.
- Safety Donte Whitner (eighth overall in 2006): 13 tackles.
- Defensive lineman John McCargo (26th overall in 2006): a healthy scratch.
- Running back Marshawn Lynch (12th overall in 2007): four carries for 8 yards, lost fumble, no catches.
- Cornerback Leodis McKelvin (11th overall in 2008): burned on a 41-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards.
- Outside linebacker Aaron Maybin (11th overall in 2009): a few plays, zero tackles, apparently surpassed on the depth chart by sixth-round rookie Arthur Moats.
- Right guard Eric Wood (28th overall in 2009): holding penalty to put the Bills at second-and-19 at their own 11-yard line.
- Running back C.J. Spiller (ninth overall this year): two carries for 11 yards, one receptions for 4 yards, five kickoff returns for 110 yards.