Let me take you back almost a year ago. It was the night of the first round of the 2010 draft and the Oakland Raiders just selected Alabama LB Rolando McClain. The Bills were on the clock. Jimmy Clausen was available, as were a pair of tackles Anthony Davis and Bryan Bulaga. I was sure the Bills weren’t going to disappoint again. They desperately needed help at tackle, their quarterback problems had been well documented. It took Buffalo all of about 45 seconds to make their selection. It came so fast, I remember standing up out the chair, readying myself for the pick. My dad (who is an Eagles fan), said, “Well that didn’t take very long, they must’ve got the guy they wanted”, to which I responded, “if they’re making this pick this fast, it’s gotta be Clausen.”
As you’re well aware, the pick wasn’t Clausen nor was it Davis or Bulaga; it was C.J. Spiller, running back from Clemson. In past Bills’ selection, I’ve been pissed and disappointed. This was just total shock. They passed up a quarterback and help on the offensive line for a running back when they already had Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson. I might have been able to understand the selection had Lynch been traded prior to the draft, but that wasn’t the case. In fact, Lynch wasn’t traded until after the first month of the season. Spiller’s rookie season was a huge disappointment. He ran for fewer than 300 yards, had just 157 yards receiving and no rushing touchdowns.
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