Buffalo Bills 2013 NFL Draft approval ratings

Robert Laberge

How does the newest crop of Buffalo Bills rookies stack up to previous classes in terms of fan approval?

The Buffalo Bills have just wrapped up the fourth NFL Draft run by GM Buddy Nix. In those four years, Nix has been responsible for adding 35 players to the Bills' roster - and we're always interested to see how fans approve (or don't) of the picks as they're made.

Votes are still trickling in - you can cast them for each player in this StoryStream if you're interested - but at a preliminary glance, this year's draft class is all over the spectrum. For example: second-round pick Robert Woods has a higher Rumblings approval rating than any pick since Marcell Dareus. E.J. Manuel, the team's historic first-round pick, has the lowest approval rating of any first-round pick under Nix. Weirdly, the least-popular pick of the year is not the sixth-round kicker, but the fifth-round safety; go figure.

Clearly, these approval ratings of ours don't have any tangible meaning when it comes to how the picks pan out; you only need scroll down five names on the list before finding the first player that isn't on the roster anymore. This list does give you a sense, however, of the expectations that Bills fans had for each pick, and how satisfied they were in the immediate aftermath of the selection. It's something to keep in mind as we move into the summer and look forward to 2013 training camp: things will almost definitely not be what they seem today.

Year Rd # Player Pos College Approval
2011 1 3 Marcell Dareus DT Alabama 96 percent
2013 2 41 Robert Woods WR USC 95 percent
2012 5 144 Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State 94 percent
2012 2 41 Cordy Glenn OT Georgia 92 percent
2012 5 147 Tank Carder LB TCU 91 percent
2012 4 105 Nigel Bradham LB Florida State 89 percent
2010 7 216 Kyle Calloway OG Iowa 88 percent
2013 7 222 Chris Gragg TE Arkansas 87 percent
2010 5 140 Ed Wang OT Virginia Tech 83 percent
2013 4 105 Duke Williams S Nevada 81 percent
2011 4 122 Chris Hairston OT Clemson 81 percent
2013 2 46 Kiko Alonso LB Oregon 78 percent
2012 1 10 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina 77 percent
2010 6 178 Arthur Moats LB James Madison 77 percent
2011 6 179 Chris White LB Mississippi State 77 percent
2010 6 192 Danny Batten DE South Dakota State 76 percent
2011 7 245 Michael Jasper OG Bethel (TN) 75 percent
2012 4 124 Ron Brooks CB LSU 71 percent
2010 7 209 Levi Brown QB Troy 71 percent
2011 5 133 Johnny White RB North Carolina 68 percent
2011 3 68 Kelvin Sheppard LB LSU 66 percent
2010 3 72 Alex Carrington DT Arkansas State 65 percent
2011 2 34 Aaron Williams CB Texas 63 percent
2013 3 78 Marquise Goodwin WR Texas 63 percent
2013 6 177 Dustin Hopkins K Florida State 62 percent
2012 6 178 Mark Asper OG Oregon 62 percent
2011 4 100 Da'Norris Searcy S North Carolina 59 percent
2011 7 206 Justin Rogers CB Richmond 59 percent
2010 1 9 C.J. Spiller RB Clemson 56 percent
2013 1 16 E.J. Manuel QB Florida State 51 percent
2012 3 69 T.J. Graham WR North Carolina State 49 percent
2010 2 41 Torell Troup DT Central Florida 46 percent
2013 5 143 Jonathan Meeks S Clemson 45 percent
2010 4 107 Marcus Easley WR Connecticut 44 percent
2012 7 251 John Potter K Western Michigan 42 percent
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