Shawn Nelson Our Most Popular Bills Draft Pick Ever

A few weeks back, at the conclusion of the 2011 NFL Draft, I threw up a post consolidating the pick-by-pick approval ratings of all nine Buffalo Bills draft picks made this year. Upon completing that post, I was asked to put together a post with poll results from every pick we've ever covered here at Buffalo Rumblings. It only took me three weeks to get to it, but those results are after the jump.

Prepare to be collectively embarrassed at the snap-judgment prowess of the collective Rumblings readership, my friends. Marcell Dareus was not the most popular pick the Bills have made in the three years we've run these polls (we didn't have the functionality to do so prior to the 2009 NFL Draft), while Jairus Byrd was, by a huge margin, the least popular. Raise your hand if you were one of the two percent of Rumblers that did not immediately fall in love with tight end Shawn Nelson!

In general, you'll see a huge emphasis on name recognition, the position a player plays, and some extenuating circumstances (i.e. players passed up, etc.). There are still some real eyebrow-raisers here.

Year Rd. No. Player Pos. College Rating
2009 4 121 Shawn Nelson TE Southern Mississippi 98% approval
2011 1 3 Marcell Dareus DE Alabama 96% approval
2010 7 216 Kyle Calloway OT Iowa 88% approval
2009 1 28 Eric Wood C Louisville 83% approval
2010 5 140 Ed Wang OT Virginia Tech 83% approval
2009 5 147 Nic Harris OLB Oklahoma 82% approval
2011 4 122 Chris Hairston OT Clemson 81% approval
2010 6 178 Arthur Moats OLB James Madison 77% approval
2011 6 179 Chris White ILB Mississippi State 77% approval
2009 2 51 Andy Levitre OG Oregon State 76% approval
2010 6 192 Danny Batten OLB South Dakota State 76% approval
2011 7 245 Michael Jasper NT Bethel (TN) 75% approval
2010 7 209 Levi Brown QB Troy 71% approval
2011 5 133 Johnny White RB North Carolina 68% approval
2011 3 68 Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU 66% approval
2010 3 72 Alex Carrington DE Arkansas State 65% approval
2009 1 11 Aaron Maybin DE Penn State 64% approval
2011 2 34 Aaron Williams CB Texas 63% approval
2011 7 206 Justin Rogers CB Richmond 59% approval
2011 4 100 Da'Norris Searcy SS North Carolina 59% approval
2010 1 9 C.J. Spiller RB Clemson 56% approval
2009 6 183 Cary Harris CB USC 48% approval
2010 2 41 Torell Troup NT Central Florida 46% approval
2010 4 107 Marcus Easley WR Connecticut 44% approval
2009 7 220 Ellis Lankster CB West Virginia 42% approval
2009 2 42 Jairus Byrd FS Oregon 23% approval
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