By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Dion Dawkins of the Bills

Taken in Round 2 in 2017

Other picks in that round: There’s still time to judge these picks, of course. Dalvin Cook looks like the star of the group, as he has been named to the last two Pro Bowls. Joe Mixon of the Bengals has piled up some yardage, while Curtis Samuel’s pass receiving yardage has improved each year for Carolina.

The details: Dawkins has become a valuable player for the Bills, who showed their appreciation with a four-year deal worth $60 million. Dion moved into the starting lineup as a rookie, and has become a fixture at left offensive tackle. Dawkins also provides plenty of personality and has become a media favorite.

Other 63s:  Hal Garner was a reserve linebacker for the Bills from 1985 to 1991. Wide receiver Richard Trapp was one of the unlucky Bills to be on the 1968 (1-12-1) roster, catching 24 passes. Bernie Harris was the 12th man on the Braves roster for a while in 1974-75, and scored five points.

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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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