Buffalo Bills 2012 Draft Rewind

Grading Rubric

Players drafted: Nine

Players drafted still on the roster: Four

First round pick: Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina

Notable late round pick/UDFA: None

Buffalo opened the draft by selecting South Carolina corner Stephon Gilmore. In three seasons, reviews about Gilmore have been mixed. He posted good numbers in his rookie year but has been hampered by injuries and although he is a solid player, has not been the shutdown corner Buffalo expected at the tenth overall pick. Grade: 2

In the second round, the Bills landed a steal in Georgia offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, who seemed to be poised for a first round selection. Since taking over as the team's offensive tackle in 2012, Glenn has missed just three games, all in his rookie season. He hasn't won many accolades but still locks down the position. Grade: 1

NC State receiver, and third round pick, TJ Graham spent two seasons in Buffalo putting up marginal numbers and is now part of the Jets. Grade: 0

Fourth round linebacker Nigel Bradham from Florida State, played sparingly in his first two years but was great this past season in filling in for an injured Kiko Alonso. Expect him to do big things now that Alonso is gone. Grade: 2

Fellow fourth round pick, LSU corner Ron Brooks, has been a steady reserve defensive back for all three years in Buffalo. Grade: 1

Zebrie Sanders, a fifth round offensive tackle from Florida State, missed his entire rookie year due to injury and was cut prior to the 2013 season. He now plays in the CFL. Grade: 0

TCU linebacker Tank Carder, another Buffalo fifth round choice, didn't make it through training camp and has been a backup linebacker and special teamer for the Browns since. Grade: 0

Sixth round guard Mark Asper, also failed to make the Bills roster out of training camp. He has been with six teams in three seasons in the NFL. Grade: 0

The Bills’ final selection in 2012 would be kicker John Potter from Western Michigan. Potter would serve as the team's kickoff specialist for half a season. He has failed to win a starting kicker job on three other teams during his NFL tenure. Grade:0

Total score: Six

With about half the picks from 2012 paying dividends for the team, the Bills are right on track with the league average. Still, there does not appear to be a game changer in this group. Yes, starters are hard to come by so Glenn, Gilmore and Bradham shouldn’t be overlooked, but at the moment it is unclear if any will emerge as the best at their respective position. 

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