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Bills Draft Busts, No. 8: DL James Patton

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.

I'm no Bills history buff, but it's not often that I come across the name of a high-round draft pick that I've just flat-out never heard of. I was six years old when the Bills selected Texas defensive lineman James Patton in the second round (No. 55 overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft.

From the very little that I've been able to learn myself, Patton was a 287-pound defensive tackle that the Bills drafted as a depth option during their Super Bowl years. According to this, Patton spent just two years with the Bills, appearing in 13 games before his NFL career came to an abrupt end. In times like this, when I'm completely at a loss for more information, I choose to lean on the Rumblings community for the story. So have at it, Rumblers - why did this second-round pick have such an abbreviated career in Buffalo?

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