By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Joe Devlin of the Bills

Taken in Round 2 in 1976

Other picks in the round: Chris Bahr (No. 51) led everyone in the round in career NFL games at 210 games, but he was a kicker. Devlin was second. Tony Galbreath had some good moments at running back with the Saints, Don Macek (No. 31 to Washington) and Randy Cross (No. 42 to San Francisco) also had long careers on the offensive line.

The details: Devlin saw a lot of bad times and a few good times with the Bills, but missed the great times. Joe needed a year to reach the starting lineup as an offensive tackle in 1977, and stayed there all the way through 1989. Devlin missed four games in his entire career. He only played on four winning teams, which is probably why he never popped up in the Pro Bowl. So consider him a very underrated player.

Other 52s: Al Bemiller was a part of the Bills’ offensive line from 1961 to 1969. After retirement, he stayed in Buffalo to work in the school system. It took until Year Four for Marcellus Wiley to become a starter for the Bills. Then he jumped to San Diego (six years, $40 million) as a free agent. The defensive end had one good season in 2001, but his production feel off from there.

He got away: Jim Kanicki signed with the Browns in 1963 instead of the Bills, and had seven good years with Cleveland. Then he was traded to the Giants, and spent most of 1970 and 1971 as a starter in New York.

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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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