11 Bills selected in Sports Illustrated's All-Time Draft

11 Bills selected in Sports Illustrated's All-Time Draft
Posted at 3:08 PM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-17 15:08:10-04

25 rounds and 300 picks after it all began on May 24, a panel of 12 General Managers hand picked 11 former Buffalo Bills in an All-Time NFL Draft.

Of the notable names, Hall of Fame running back OJ Simpson was the first former Bill off the board, selected 23rd overall.  Fellow Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith was taken two picks later to start the third round.

His teammate, Andre Reed (22nd round, 253rd overall) and Terrell Owens (19th round, 222nd overall) also made the cut as did special teams stars Steve Tasker and James Lofton.

But, there were also some notable snubs, namely Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and the man he handed off to for nine seasons, Thurman Thomas.

Former Bills GM Bill Polian, who is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, served as one of the 12 GMs on the all-time draft panel and selected Marv Levy as his head coach in the 26th round.

Giants Linebacker Lawrence Taylor was the first overall pick in the draft, selected by Joel Bussert.

Tom Brady was the first second quarterback selected, taken 9th overall by Peter King.  Johnny United was the 3rd overall selection by Rick Gosselin behind Joe Greene and Taylor.

You can view the full draft here: MMQB All-Time Draft

Bills Selected in the All-Time Draft
2nd Round - 23rd overall: OJ Simpson, RB
3rd Round - 25th overall: Bruce Smith, DE
14th Round - 165th overall: Joe DeLamielleure, G
16th Round - 184th overall: Steve Tasker, WC/SP
17th Round - 200th overall: Cornelius Bennett, LB
18th Round - 208th overall: Billy Shaw, G
18th Round - 211th overall: Cookie Gilchrist, RB
19th Round - 222nd overall: Terrell Owens, WR
22nd Round - 253rd overall: Andre Reed, WR
23rd Round - 271st overall: Pat Williams, DT
24th Round - 283rd overall: James Lofton, WC/WR
26th Round - 303rd overall: Marv Levy, Coach