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Bills Draft Busts, No. 3: DE Erik Flowers

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.

Erik Flowers was Buffalo's first-round draft pick - No. 26 overall - in the 2000 NFL Draft. As such, he was the late John Butler's final first-round draft pick as GM of the Bills. Let's just say that his pick of Flowers was a popgun ending to an otherwise stellar career in Buffalo.

Flowers lasted two seasons in Buffalo, with the Arizona State product struggling to pick up the nuances of his new position, 3-4 defensive end. In those two seasons, Flowers accumulated 26 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery. He did not survive the transition to Gregg Williams' 4-3 defense after his rookie season; he was benched five games into the 2001 season and released the following year. He'd spend three more years in the league between Houston and St. Louis, where he picked up another five tackles and a fifth career sack.

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