With the 2015 NFL Draft order finally set, we know exactly where the Buffalo Bills will be picking in each round. The Bills have six picks in the draft: Nos. 50, 81, 155, 188, 194, and 234. Most of those picks don't seem very promising, but they've yielded their fair share of standouts in the past. Here's a look at what the Bills might be able to hope for from their 2015 draft class.
No. 50 overall
2014: Jeremiah Attaochu (San Diego)
Other notable players: Michael Dean Perry (1988), Dominic Raiola (2001), Calais Campbell (2008)
Most recent Bills pick: Byron Franklin (1981)
This pick hasn't exactly been a home-run spot in years past. Attaochu struggled to make an impact on the Chargers defense last season, only managing nine tackles in 11 games. Jonathan Bostic (2013) and Marcus Gilchrist (2011) are both starters, but neither is much of a standout player.
The biggest impact players, both recently and all-time, have been in the trenches. Campbell has been a consistent anchor on a very strong Cardinals defense since he became a full-time starter in 2008, recording at least six sacks and 43 tackles in each season while being named second-team All-Pro last season. Perry was named to the first team twice and made six Pro Bowls in an 11-year career, peaking with an astounding 107 tackles and 11.5 sacks in 1990 as a defensive tackle. Raiola has never made an All-Pro or Pro Bowl team, but he has started 203 games at center in his career, only missing five starts since 2002.
Franklin was never a star, but had a decent season with the Bills in 1984, leading the team with 69 catches, 862 yards, and four touchdowns. He played three seasons in Buffalo, catching 101 passes for 1,343 yards and eight touchdowns before finishing his career in Seattle in 1987.
No. 81 overall
2014: Gabe Jackson (Oakland)
Other notable players: Richie Incognito (2005), Earl Dotson (1993), Chris Cooley (2004)
Most recent Bills pick: Marlo Perry (1994)
This is another spot that seems to be lacking in relative value. Most of the players picked here play(ed) in the trenches, including last year's pick. Jackson started 12 games at left guard for the Raiders, helping a young offense put together a decent showing in 2014. He graded out as above-average, according to Pro Football Focus.
This spot has seen a few players with Bills ties picked, although two of them weren't Bills picks. Incognito will be making his return to Buffalo and the NFL in 2015 after sitting out last season. Derrick Dockery, best remembered for washing out after a massive contract he signed in 2007, was also picked here. Neither player matched the ability of Dotson, who was the starting right tackle for Green Bay during Brett Favre's MVP seasons. Cooley was also a very productive player for Washington, making two Pro Bowls.
Perry was a decent spot-starter and special-teamer for the Bills, but didn't make much of an impact in his six years in the NFL.
No. 155 overall
2014: Arthur Lynch (Miami)
Other notable picks: Michael Sinclair (1991), Chad Bratzke (1994), Jeff King (2006)
Most recent Bills pick: Tony Slaton (1984)
This is the point where the talent pool starts to drop off, obviously, but this spot is lacking in true late-round steals. The only recent player with much of a positive impact is Niles Paul, who caught 39 passes on a very bad Washington team last season, and could end up on a Charles Clay-like career path.
The best players at this spot were both defensive ends, especially Sinclair. He notched double-digit sacks three seasons in a row for Seattle, including a league-leading 16.5 in 1998. He made three Pro Bowls, and was named to the Seahawks' all-time team in 2011. Bratzke wasn't as good, but was a solid defensive end for the Giants and Colts who topped 10 sacks twice and started 108 games in his 10-year career. King was a combo tight end who could catch well enough and had good blocking skills, and started 81 games over eight seasons with the Panthers and Cardinals.
Slaton never suited up for Buffalo, but did start 25 times between 1985 and 1990 for the Rams and Cowboys.
No. 188 overall
2014: E.J. Gaines (St. Louis)
Other notable picks: Andy Lee (2004), Abdul Salaam (1976), Danny Trevathan (2012)
Most recent Bills pick: Anthony Abrams (1994)
Unlike the rest of the day three picks from 2014 picked where the Bills will be drafting this year, Gaines saw a great deal of action last season. He was a starter from week one with the Rams, and recorded 70 tackles and two interceptions for the league's 19th-ranked pass defense. PFF rates him as an average cornerback, which is more than most should expect from a sixth-round rookie.
Historically, this position has seen some better players than could be expected. Lee has been tabbed first-team All-Pro three times, and has the second-highest punting average in history among those with 600 or more punts. Salaam started 85 games over seven seasons with the Jets, and was a key member of the famed "New York Sack Exchange" defensive line. Trevathan carved out a role as a starting linebacker for the Broncos before injuries cost him most of 2014, but should compete for a starting role again this season.
No. 194 overall
2014: Keith Wenning (Baltimore)
Other notable picks: Mason Crosby (2007), Leonard Thompson (1975), Willie Green (1990)
Most recent Bills pick: Leif Larsen (2000)
Here's another spot that features a standout special-teamer. Crosby has been Green Bay's kicker since 2007, and has topped 120 points six times, although he's been shakier as of late. Thompson and Green were both depth receivers for the Lions who gave consistent, yet rarely standout performances. In 20 NFL seasons between them, they caught double-digit passes 16 times, but only topped 40 catches five times, and never had more than Thompson's 51 in 1985.
Larsen is best remembered as a workout wonder that the Bills picked five spots ahead of Tom Brady. He had two sacks in 16 NFL games over two seasons.
No. 234 overall
2014: Terrence Fede (Miami)
Other notable picks: Will Montgomery (2006), Karl Lorch (1973)
Most Recent Bills Pick: George Parker (1983)
Fede played in 11 games last season, and has already played in more games than all but 12 of the 43 players picked at this spot since the merger. Aside from Montgomery and Lorch, none of the players picked here have more than 16 career starts. Montgomery is far and away the best player of the lot, having started 53 consecutive games for Washington before last season, when he appeared in every game for the Broncos and started the final nine at center.