The Buffalo Bills are an American football franchise based in Orchard Park, New York. They are members of the American Football Conference (AFC) East division in the National Football League (NFL).[1]

The Bills drafter quarterback Josh Allen with the 7th pick in 2018.
The Bills drafter quarterback Josh Allen with the 7th pick in 2018.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft, as a whole, gives an advantage to the teams that performed poorly the previous season. The 30 teams that did not make the Super Bowl are ranked in order so the team with the worst record picks first and the team with the best record picks last. The two exceptions to this inverse order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion selects 32nd overall, and the Super Bowl loser selects 31st overall. If the franchise so chooses, they may trade their draft picks for any combination of draft picks, players, and money.[2]


Table key
^ Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Bills did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

Player selections

Bruce Smith, drafted by the Bills in 1985, became a Hall of Famer in 2009.
Bruce Smith, drafted by the Bills in 1985, became a Hall of Famer in 2009.
Buffalo Bills first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1966 8 Mike Dennis RB Ole Miss
1967 22 John Pitts S Arizona State
1968 9 Haven Moses WR San Diego State
1969 1 O. J. Simpson  ^  RB USC
1970 5 Al Cowlings DT
1971 4 J. D. Hill WR Arizona State
1972 1 Walt Patulski DE Notre Dame
1973 7 Paul Seymour TE Michigan
26 Joe DeLamielleure  ^  G Michigan State
1974 18 Reuben Gant TE Oklahoma State
1975 19 Tom Ruud LB Nebraska
1976 18 Mario Clark DB Oregon
1977 12 Phil Dokes DT Oklahoma State
1978 5 Terry Miller RB
1979 1 Tom Cousineau LB Ohio State
5 Jerry Butler WR Clemson
1980 16 Jim Ritcher C N.C. State
1981 28 Booker Moore RB Penn State
1982 19 Perry Tuttle WR Clemson
1983 12 Tony Hunter TE Notre Dame
14 Jim Kelly  ^  QB Miami (FL)
1984 26 Greg Bell RB Notre Dame
1985 1 Bruce Smith  ^  DE Virginia Tech
14 Derrick Burroughs DB Memphis State
1986 16 Ronnie Harmon RB Iowa
20 Will Wolford OT Vanderbilt
1987 8 Shane Conlan LB Penn State
1988 No pick
1990 16 James Williams DB Fresno State
1991 26 Henry Jones Illinois
1992 27 John Fina OT Arizona
1993 28 Thomas Smith DB North Carolina
1994 27 Jeff Burris Notre Dame
1995 14 Ruben Brown G Pittsburgh
1996 24 Eric Moulds WR Mississippi State
1997 23 Antowain Smith RB Houston
1998 No pick
1999 23 Antoine Winfield DB Ohio State
2000 26 Erik Flowers DE Arizona State
2001 21 Nate Clements DB Ohio State
2002 4 Mike Williams OT Texas
2003 23 Willis McGahee RB Miami (FL)
2004 13 Lee Evans WR Wisconsin
22 J. P. Losman QB Tulane
2005 No pick
2006 8 Donte Whitner S Ohio State
26 John McCargo DT N.C. State
2007 12 Marshawn Lynch RB California
2008 11 Leodis McKelvin DB Troy
2009 Aaron Maybin DE Penn State
28 Eric Wood C Louisville
2010 9 C. J. Spiller RB Clemson
2011 3 Marcell Dareus DT Alabama
2012 10 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
2013 16 EJ Manuel QB Florida State
2014 4 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
2015 No pick [3]
2016 19 Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
2017 27 Tre'Davious White CB LSU
2018 7 Josh Allen QB Wyoming
16 Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
2019 9 Ed Oliver DT Houston
2020 No pick [4]
2021 30 Gregory Rousseau DE Miami (FL)
2022 23 Kaiir Elam CB Florida


  1. ^ "Buffalo Bills Team Page –". NFL. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Alder, James. ""NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection"". Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  3. ^ Traded to Cleveland Browns in 2014
  4. ^ Traded to Minnesota Vikings