By Budd Bailey

Darryl Talley of the Bills

Taken in Round 2 in 1983

The next pick: Offensive tackle Rich Strenger played a few seasons with the Lions as a reserve. His career lasted 49 games.

Other picks in the round: There were no Hall of Famers in this group, but several significant players popped up here. They include Henry Ellard of the Rams, Dave Lutz of the Chiefs, Leonard Marshall of the Giants, Roger Craig of the 49ers, Ray Horton of the Bengals, and Bill Pickel of the Raiders.

The details: Talley needed a little time to settle into the Bills’ defense, but once he did he was the heart and soul of the Buffalo teams that reached four straight Super Bowls. Darryl started every game from 1989 to 1994, and made two Pro Bowls along the way. Talley ended his career in Atlanta and Minnesota, but he remains a beloved member of the Bills.

Other 39s: Sam Cowart was a tackling machine three seasons in the late 1990s, but he tore his Achilles tendon in the opener in 2001 and really was never the same. Cowart signed with the Jets in 2002, and finished his career in Minnesota in 2005.

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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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