By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Alex Carrington of the Bills

Taken in Round 3 in 2010

Other picks in the round: Remember Andre Roberts, the Bills’ return specialist who has since departed? He went to Arizona at No. 88 that year. Tight end Jimmy Graham, who went at No. 95 to New Orleans, is the biggest name on the list.

The details: The defensive end played college football for Arkansas State. He only started 10 games over five seasons as a member of the Bills. Memorably, in 2012 he blocked three field goals and an extra point to set a team record. Alex’s time in the NFL ended after a brief return to the Bills in 2015.

Other 72s: Chris Ellis (2008 draft) spent three seasons as a reserve defensive lineman here. Peter Ambroziak turned up on the Sabres’ roster in 1995. He bounced around the minors after leaving the Buffalo organization, but found a home as he spent his last six years as a member of the New Mexico Scorpions of the Central Hockey League.

He got away: The Eagles outbid the Bills for the chance to sign defensive back Al Nelson in 1965. Nelson was a starter for most of his nine seasons in Philadelphia.

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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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