By Budd Bailey
Paul Posluszny of the Bills
Taken in Round 2 in 2007
The next pick: Arron Sears moved right into the starting lineup of the Bucs at guard, and stayed there for two years. But the story turned sad after that, as Sears came down with various neurological problems that left him unable to even take care of himself. Arron often was taken into protective custody by police.
Other picks in that round: You might remember Kevin Kolb, a quarterback who signed with the Bills in 2013. Kolb suffered a concussion in training camp and never played football again. Eric Weddle (No. 37 to San Diego) played in 201 games in his NFL career, and was a five-time Pro Bowler. Ryan Kalil (No. 59 to Carolina) also played in five Pro Bowls at center.
The details: Posluszny was billed as something of a tackling machine coming out of Penn State. He grabbed a starting job immediately, but broke his forearm as a rookie and only played three games in 2007. But Paul bounced back to play for Buffalo for the next three years. Free agency beckoned after that, and Posluszny felt he wouldn’t be a good fit under incoming coach Chan Gailey. So left for Jacksonville, and played there through 2017.
Other 35s: Aaron Williams joined the Bills in 2011, and found a home at safety by 2013. However, he suffered neck injuries in both 2015 and 2016 that ended his career. Bob Tatarek played defensive tackle for some dreary Bills teams between 1968 and 1972. Andrew Peters was drafted in 1998 by the Sabres, but didn’t join the Sabres until 2003. Once here, he stayed for five seasons.
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