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April 8, 1976: Buffalo Bills Select DB Mario Clark 18th Overall

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

The Buffalo Bills finished the 1975 season 8-6 and found themselves picking in the second half of the NFL Draft for the third straight year. Holding the 18th overall pick 35 years ago today, the Bills chose the second defensive back to come off the board in Oregon's Mario Clark.

Clark was immediately inserted into the starting lineup and intercepted two passes as a rookie. In his first six seasons in the league, he picked off 25 passes. During his eight years with the Bills, he started 113 of a possible 117 games. He finished his career with one season in San Francisco, where he earned a Super Bowl ring with the 49ers.

Other contributing members of Buffalo's draft class in 1976 were longtime book-end offensive tackles Ken Jones and Joe Devlin, end Ben Williams, and return man Keith Moody. Jones and Devlin started a combined 318 games for the Bills at offensive tackle, and are two of the longest-tenured players to ever man a spot on Buffalo's offensive line. Buffalo Rumblings named Williams the 48th-best player in team history. Moody brought back a punt for a touchdown in each of his first three NFL seasons, and averaged over ten yards per return.