Buffalo Bills 2014 NFL Draft pick approval ratings

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Here is how the approval ratings for the Buffalo Bills' 2014 NFL Draft picks measured up against those that Buffalo Rumblings readers have been voting on for the last six years.

The 2014 NFL Draft, believe it or not, was the eighth NFL Draft that we have covered here at Buffalo Rumblings; the site was just a few weeks old when the Buffalo Bills were making running back Marshawn Lynch their first-round pick, then trading up in Round 2 to select linebacker Paul Posluszny.

We did not publish per-pick approval polls until 2009, so rather than eight years of snap-judgment hilarity, we now have six. Six entire drafts' worth of picks in which Bills fans visiting Rumblings on draft weekend cast approval (or disapproval) votes for each of their favorite team's selections. Our gut reactions were right about a lot of these guys; they were grievously wrong about many more (ahem, Jairus Byrd).

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins pulled a 77 percent approval rating from the community, tying him for third with Stephon Gilmore among the Bills' seven first-round picks over the last six years. Buffalo Rumblings clearly has a love for picks spent on offensive linemen, as well; of the 18 picks that have garnered at least an 80 percent approval rating in the last six years, half (nine) played up front, including the three drafted this year, Cyrus Kouandjio, Cyril Richardson and Seantrel Henderson. The only two offensive linemen the Bills have drafted in six years that haven't crossed the 80 percent approval barrier? Mark Asper and... wait for it... Andy Levitre. Man, we're good.

Sadly, no pick even broke the 90 percent approval barrier this season, let alone challenged the holy grail of draft day approval that was tight end Shawn Nelson, who drew near-universal approval from Buffalo Rumblings back in 2009. Here's how the Bills' 2014 draft class stacked up:

Year Rd # Player Pos College Approval
2009 4 121 Shawn Nelson TE Southern Mississippi 99 percent
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
2014 5 153 Cyril Richardson OG Baylor 87 percent
2013 7 222 Chris Gragg TE Arkansas 87 percent
2014 4 109 Ross Cockrell CB Duke 85 percent
2009 1 28 Eric Wood C Louisville 84 percent
2010 5 140 Ed Wang OT Virginia Tech 83 percent
2009 5 147 Nic Harris LB Oklahoma 82 percent
2013 4 105 Duke Williams S Nevada 81 percent
2011 4 122 Chris Hairston OT Clemson 81 percent
2014 2 44 Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama 80 percent
2014 7 237 Seantrel Henderson OT Miami (FL) 80 percent
2013 2 46 Kiko Alonso LB Oregon 78 percent
2014 1 4 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson 77 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
2009 2 51 Andy Levitre OG Oregon State 76 percent
2010 6 192 Danny Batten DE South Dakota State 76 percent
2011 7 245 Michael Jasper DT 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 1 11 Aaron Maybin DE Penn State 64 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
2014 3 73 Preston Brown LB Louisville 54 percent
2013 1 16 EJ Manuel QB Florida State 51 percent
2012 3 69 T.J. Graham WR North Carolina State 49 percent
2009 6 183 Cary Harris CB USC 48 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
2014 7 221 Randell Johnson LB Florida Atlantic 44 percent
2009 7 220 Ellis Lankster CB West Virginia 42 percent
2012 7 251 John Potter K Western Michigan 42 percent
2009 2 42 Jairus Byrd S Oregon 23 percent
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