By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Phil Hansen of the Bills

Taken in Round 2 in 1991

Other picks in that round: The name of Brett Favre stands out in this list. He went No. 35 to the Atlanta Falcons, but was traded to the Packers. You know the rest of the story. By the way, the Jets took quarterback Browning Nagle with the next pick. Linebacker Roman Pfifer spent 15 years in the NFL. Ricky Watters was a very good running back for three teams, piling up more than 10,000 yards rushing. Jeff Graham played for five teams in 11 years, and caught passes (542) at every stop.

The details: Hansen jumped into the starting lineup as a rookie in 1991, and more or less stayed there for the rst of his 11-year career. Phil finished with 61.5 sacks in 156 games. The classy veteran saw his name go on the Wall of Fame in 2011.

Other 54s: A.J. Epenesa was Buffalo’s first selection in 2020, as the Bills traded their top pick away. We’ll wait and see how he does in the future.

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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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