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

Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
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For most of the franchise’s history, the Bills have been a ground-and-pound sort of offensive team. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as it is mighty windy playing home games outdoors in the heart of winter in Western New York. However, one wideout eventually gave hope to what an aerial assault could look like in the form of the K-Gun several years later.

That would be former Clemson Tigers standout wide receiver Jerry Butler. He went No. 5 overall to the Bills in the 1979 NFL Draft. Butler would play his entire seven-year NFL career with the Bills up until 1986. His best year in Bills uniform came in 1980 where he made his lone trip to the Pro Bowl.

Butler had a career high 57 catches for 832 yards and six touchdown grabs. He was essentially a guaranteed 50 catches for 830 yards and four touchdowns during his first three years in the league. Buffalo would make the AFC playoffs twice in 1980 and 1981, playing in three total postseason games.

However, Butler’s last five years with the Bills organization weren’t as promising. He would never have 800 receiving yards in a season and did not play in the 1984 NFL season. Butler would finish his Bills career in 1986. He finished with 278 catches for 4,301 yards and 29 touchdowns in eight years with Buffalo.