Tonight is the 2019 NFL draft and the Buffalo Bills sit at pick nine – what did the team do the last time they sat at nine overall?
First year General Manager Buddy Nix selected C.J. Spiller, a running back out of Clemson University with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft.
It wasn’t a bad pick by any means. Spiller had talent and was very athletic. He didn’t produce much in his first two seasons, but he exploded in 2012.
Spiller ran for 1,244 yards and 6 touchdowns with an absurd 6.0 yards per carry average. He followed it up with 933 yards and two touchdowns the following year. Then his career was basically over. He bounced between several teams and retired in 2017.
Hindsight is 20/20, but who are some notable players taken after Spiller in the first round of 2010? Earl Thomas, Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Devin McCourty, to name a few. The later rounds of 2010 featured studs like Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown and Kam Chancellor.
Spiller had a couple thrilling years in Buffalo, but he was just another running back and another disappointing draft selection for the Bills. With a plethora of talent after Spiller, fans can’t help but wonder “Why not (insert superstar’s name here)?
The team finds itself at ninth overall again, nine years later. This time though, the team has a new direction and identity with General Manager Brandon Beane, Head Coach Sean McDermott and a young quarterback in Josh Allen.
If the Bills can select a gem tonight with the ninth pick, maybe the team won’t be forced to draft at in the top-ten for at least a decade.