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Bills Draft Gems, No. 1: DE Bruce Smith

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.

Y'all have heard of Bruce Smith, right? The No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft? The guy who went on to play in the NFL for 19 seasons, set a league record with 200 career sacks, and become a first-ballot Hall of Fame player? The king of intimidation? The epitome of the modern-era pass rusher? Arguably the best player in the history of the Buffalo Bills?

Yeah. He's our pick for the best Bills draft pick of the last 25 years. Really, it's not close.

Tonight, the Buffalo Bills will be picking third overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. It's the highest they've picked since they took Bruce No. 1 overall. Big things are expected with this pick - and ideally, the newest Bill tonight will mean "bad things" for our opponents. Just like Bruce.

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