With the 2011 NFL Draft quickly approaching, we thought it'd be a good idea to run down the Buffalo Bills' ten biggest draft successes and failures. I decided at the last minute to make this an "of my lifetime" series, meaning that the only busts and gems that you'll see listed here every day were picked in 1985 or after.
Tom Donahoe got off to such a good start in Buffalo. In his first draft class, he found three young stars (Nate Clements, Aaron Schobel, Travis Henry) and a fourth that would become an NFL contributor (Ron Edwards). Then he drafted Texas tackle Mike Williams in 2002, and it was all downhill from there.
Athletically, Williams had everything you look for in a left tackle. Immense size. Incredible agility. Good power, mobility and quickness. What he lacked was football desire, and Donahoe and his staff completely missed the boat on that part of the Williams evaluation. He never played left tackle in Buffalo, instead spending four years as an underwhelming right tackle before getting released.
Williams spent 2006 training camp with Jacksonville, but got cut. He briefly resurrected his career with Washington in 2009 as a right guard after re-discovering his love for the sport. He is now out of football, and ranks as the Bills' biggest draft bust in my lifetime - literally and figuratively.
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