By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Jon Borchardt of the Bills

Taken in Round 3 in 1979

Other picks in that round: Every team in the league had a chance to grab the player who was taken No. 82 overall and last in the third round. San Francisco thought Joe Montana was worth a selection at that point. He merely became one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. You might remember Doug Cosbie of the Cowboys and William Andrews of the Falcones from that group.

The details: Borchardt came out of Montana State, and needed a little time to get used to the NFL. He moved into the Bills’ starting lineup in 1981, and stayed there through 1984. Then he moved to the Seattle Seahawks in 1985, and only started five games in three years.

Other 62s: Borchardt doesn’t have much competition. The Sabres’ only No. 62 pick is Jay North, a high school center from Minnesota in 1980. He played four years at Harvard University, so we can assume his life turned out fine even if he didn’t show up in Buffalo for hockey.

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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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