By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Adolphus Washington of the Bills

Taken in Round 3 in 2016

Other picks in the round: Every single player in that round has played at least one game in the NFL. We’ll salute the leaders in games played with 80: Kevin Byard of the Titans, and Joe Thuney of the Giants. Tight end Austin Hooper of the Falcons leads in receiving yards.

The details: Washington was a high school All-American in both football and basketball and went to Ohio State. At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, he was difficult to contain at that level, and the Bills hoped he could help their defensive line. Adolphus did grab a starting spot at defensive end as a rookie, and stayed for two seasons. But the Bills waived him after one game in 2018, and he spent four games with the Bengals before his career apparently ended.

Other 80s: The Sabres took defenseman Dean Melanson in 1992, and he spent five games with them in 1994-95. Then it was back to the minors almost for good, with a brief stay with the Capitals in 2001-02. Dean ended his career with the Basingstroke Bison in Great Britain.

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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