By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Sam Rogers of the Bills
Taken in Round 2 in 1994
Other picks in the round: Buffalo native Vaughn Parker was taken by the Chargers at No. 63 – a spot before Rogers. The round produced three Hall of Famers: Isaac Bruce, Kevin Maewe and Larry Allen, In all, 15 players from Round 2 played at least 100 games in the NFL.
The details: Rogers missed all of the fun of the Super Bowl years in Buffalo. Even so, he played on some good Bills teams during the rest of the 1990s. He took over a starting role in 1995, and held it until after his departure in 2000. Then it was on to San Diego and Atlanta before leaving the game after the 2003 season.
Other 64s: Mike Zigomanis (1999) will always be associated with the Sabres’ fax machine. He signed with Buffalo just before the deadline on June 1, 2001. The terms were sent to the league office, and then it was discovered that there was a typographical error in the contract that nullified the transaction. Zigomanis went back into the draft, and was taken by Carolina. He was something of an NHL/AHL tweener, playing 197 games in the big leagues. Zigomanis played his last season in Rochester.
(Follow Budd on Twitter @WDX2BB)