The last decade-plus of watching Bills football has been a hopeless age of futility. It all started when Ralph decided to part way's with Bill Polian, John Butler and A.J. Smith. Over the curse of the decade, we witnessed the Bills bring in Tom Donohoe, who had one good draft out of his 5 years here. The 2001 draft yielded more good players than the rest of his drafts for the following 4 years. Clements, Schobel, Travis Henry - All in the first 2 rounds. Ron Edwards and Jonas Jennings were also taken that year.
Over the course of Donohoe's next four drafts, he yielded the following: Mike Williams at tackle, when everyone thought he would take Bryant McKinnie. Josh Reed and Ryan Denney were also taken in the 2nd round, of which their production was average at best for a 2nd rounder. And of course the Bills took the physically imposing Coy Wire in the 3rd round, when they could have had Alex Brown at DE from Florida.
2003 was the year of Willis Mcgahee, who Donohoe drafted because he ran all over Syracuse, which is just a step up from running all over William and Mary. Chris Kelsey, Angelo Crowell were drafted before Terrence McGee in the 4th round. So hardly an average draft, but one in which the Bills paid out a lot of money to two overrated players, Kelsey and Willis.
2004 was the JP Losman "Science Experiment", of which the Bills studied JP's brain to see if he could multi-task and learn to hit an open receiver while under duress, while also thinking about riding waves at Laguna. Unfortunately, the Bills also drafted Lee Evans, who is the most underutilized waste of talent I have seen at receiver in some time.
In 2005, the Bills brain trust really got creative and decided to draft a punt returner, Roscoe Parrish - You win with special teams, Marv Levy used to state, but of course, you needed to have a good offense and defense first. That is the part of the statement that the Bills front office didn't understand.
The rest of the seasons were awash until 2009, when the Bills realized that they have never drafted an offensive lineman this early since the mid-1990's, so they actually took two in the first two rounds. Trying to make up for lost time, I suppose. They took Eric Wood and And Levitre, of which they both looked good as rookies. Jairus Byrd was a lso a good pick, but Bills ruined a potentially good draft by taking Aaron Maybin. Who so far, looks like the biggest bust since Mike Williams.
Meanwhile in Indy, Bill Polian is happy and his Colts are 2-0!