A look back at the Buffalo Bills history of the 28th overall pick

The Buffalo Bills have selected 28th overall five times throughout their history. So, we decided to rank them worst to first.

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3. Thomas Smith - Cornerback - 1993

Spots two and three were difficult to determine, considering the two players in question here played in vastly different eras and positions. However, I decided to go with Thomas Smith here, a cornerback for the Bills drafted in 1993. Though he spent his rookie year on the Buffalo Bills' Super Bowl 28 roster, his playing time was limited. He only started one game and finished the season with just seven tackles. However, he would go on to start every game for Buffalo, until 2000 when he joined the Chicago Bears. He was also part of the Bills number one ranked defense in 1999. Smith recorded only six interceptions in his career and was never voted to any All-Pro or Pro Bowl roster.

Other players selected after Thomas Smith in that 1993 NFL Draft included Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan, and Hall of Fame offensive guard Will Shields. To be fair, Shields wasn't selected until the third round, so the entire league missed out until the Chiefs finally took him with the 74th overall pick. the Bills could have selected Shields with the 55th overall pick, but instead took defensive tackle John Parrella.