Buffalo Bills: 15 best first-round draft picks of all-time

Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
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Eric Moulds, Buffalo Bills
Eric Moulds, Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Until very recently, wide receiver Eric Moulds was considered to be the best NFL player with collegiate ties to the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Buffalo took the talented wide receiver No. 24 overall in the 1996 NFL Draft. Moulds would play 10 of his 12 NFL seasons with the team that drafted him in Buffalo.

After two seasons full of struggle, Moulds broke out in a huge way in 1998 for the Bills. That year he had 67 catches for 1,368 yards and nine touchdowns. He would make his first of three career trips to the Pro Bowl in that stellar 1998 NFL season. Moulds would remain a highly productive wide receiver for the rest of his time with the Bills.

He would go over 1,000 receiving yards four times in his career. On two other occasions, Moulds was within 100 yards of breaking that receiving threshold. Moulds would leave Buffalo to the Houston Texans in a trade back in 2006. He would play that season in Houston and the 2007 NFL season with the Tennessee Titans before retiring.

Overall, Moulds will end up in the Hall of Very Good. He was essentially one catch from being part of the 10,000 career receiving yards club. Being that he did not play on enough playoff teams, that might be what ultimately keeps him out of Canton. Moulds left Buffalo with 675 catches for 9,096 yards and 48 touchdowns.