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The Worst Draft In Buffalo Bills History

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

It's not a stretch to say the Buffalo Bills have had some pretty bad draft picks through the years. Every team in the NFL has had bad picks, and when you put a bunch of bad picks together you get a bad year. In 2005, the Bills had a doozy. | The Best Draft In Buffalo Bills History

The worst common era draft in Bills history began a year before the draft even took place. In 2004, the Bills traded their 2005 first-round pick as part of a package to obtain quarterback J.P. Losman in the 2004 first round. It left them without a top selection in 2005, and hampered their ability to get an impact player from the get-go.

Without a first-round selection, the team plucked Roscoe Parrish from the University of Miami in the second round. He is the only member of that draft class to earn a second contract in Buffalo thanks in part to his 11 touchdowns in 75 games. His biggest impact has been as a punt returner, but he seemed to have found a role in Chan Gailey's offense before a wrist injury derailed his 2010 campaign.

Kevin Everett was the team's third-round choice in 2005. While his injury and recovery stories have been inspirational, his two career receptions were anything but.

Fourth-rounder Duke Preston managed to start 20 games for the Bills on the offensive line, but earned little praise before his contract ended. He was on a couple other NFL rosters, but retired from football in May of 2010 without ever playing in a game for another team.

DB Eric King played one year for the Bills after being drafted in the fifth round, batting down four passes and making 27 tackles, but was released a year later. He's played for three teams, most recently Cleveland in 2010.

Sixth-round pick OG Justin Geisinger and seventh-rounder Lionel Gates never played a down for Buffalo. Gates hung on for two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Geisinger is currently employed by the Carolina Panthers, but has never played in a regular season game for them.

Round Player Career Notes
1 Traded to Cowboys Part of the J.P. Losman Trade, he didn't do so well
2 Roscoe Parrish 11 touchdowns in 75 games, still with team
3 Kevin Everett Inspirational Spinal Injury Recovery, 2 receptions
4 Duke Preston Four years with the Bills, currently retired
5 Eric King Four teams in six seasons
6 Justin Geisinger Six career NFL games, none with Buffalo
7 Lionel Gates Never played for Bills, appeared in one NFL game