For the second time in eight years, the Buffalo Bills are scheduled to select with the No. 8 overall pick - this time in the 2013 NFL Draft. In 2006, the team drafted Ohio State safety Donte Whitner in that slot, and we all know how well that worked out.
The Bills also selected eighth overall in 1987, where they nabbed three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shane Conlan, a solid contributor in three of the Bills four Super Bowl runs (though he did depart as a free agent). Sam Adams eventually found his way to the Bills after being selected eighth overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 1994, and played three seasons in Buffalo with one Pro Bowl nod.
Recently, such gems as linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive end Derrick Harvey have flopped, but most have become solid contributors at various positions. Looking further back, a few Hall of Famers have been taken eighth overall: Willie Roaf in 1993, Mike Munchak in 1982 and Ronnie Lott the year before.
Here is the full list from the last 25 years. if you are interested in all of the eighth picks since the AFL-NFL merger, check out this chart at Pro Football Reference.
|2012||Ryan Tannehill||QB||Miami Dolphins|
|2011||Jake Locker||QB||Tennessee Titans|
|2010||Rolando McClain||ILB||Oakland Raiders|
|2009||Eugene Monroe||OT||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|2008||Derrick Harvey||DE||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|2007||Jamaal Anderson||DE||Atlanta Falcons|
|2006||Donte Whitner||SS||Buffalo Bills|
|2005||Antrel Rolle||CB||Arizona Cardinals|
|2004||DeAngelo Hall||CB||Atlanta Falcons|
|2003||Jordan Gross||OT||Carolina Panthers|
|2002||Roy Williams||S||Dallas Cowboys|
|2001||David Terrell||WR||Chicago Bears|
|2000||Plaxico Burress||WR||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|1999||David Boston||WR||Arizona Cardinals|
|1998||Greg Ellis||DE||Dallas Cowboys|
|1997||James Farrior||ILB||New York Jets|
|1996||Tim Biakabutuka||RB||Carolina Panthers|
|1995||Joey Galloway||WR||Seattle Seahawks|
|1994||Sam Adams||DT||Seattle Seahawks|
|1993||Willie Roaf||T||New Orleans Saints|
|1992||Bob Whitfield||OT||Atlanta Falcons|
|1991||Antone Davis||OT||Philadelphia Eagles|
|1990||Chris Singleton||ILB||New England Patriots|
|1989||Burt Grossman||DE||San Diego Chargers|
|1988||Dave Cadigan||OG||New York Jets|