4 Buffalo Bills draft picks who had breakout seasons with other teams

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Stephon Gilmore

The final player is Stephon Gilmore, who was selected 10th overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft, and stepped in almost immediately as the starting cornerback. Gilmore was good during his time in Buffalo with nine interceptions and 62 passes defended in four seasons.

However, he would leave in free agency after the 2016 season and signed with the New England Patriots. He would go on to be a cornerstone for that defense and had four Pro Bowl nominations and won Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 when he led the league in interceptions with six and passes defended with 20.

Gilmore's departure came at a pivotal time for the Bills as that was the offseason that Sean McDermott took over as head coach. The Bills weren't ready to give the former first round pick a big contract and instead drafted his replacement with the selection of Tre'Davious White.

Stephon Gilmore is still playing and is currently a free agent that might open the door for him to return to the team that drafted him. While it is unlikely, it is still an option at this point leading up to the 2024 season.