By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Sean McNanie of the Bills
Taken in Round 3 in 1984
Other picks in the round: Jeff Hostetler went to the Giants at No. 59. He went on to play a role in Bills history during Super Bowl XXV. Linebacker Kyle Clifton played 204 NFL games after he was taken by the Jets at No. 64.
The details: McNanie’s timing was all wrong. He was one of the Bills’ trio of third-round picks in 1984 – just when Chuck Knox was leaving and the team as about to crumble. Sean was a reserve for two years and then started at defensive end in 1986 and 1987. Just as the Bills were starting to rebuild under Marv Levy and Jim Kelly, McNanie left for Phoenix for a season. He finished his career with Arizona.
Other 79s: The Sabres’ only No. 79 was Jeff Hamilton (1982), a forward who spent two years in Rochester in the mid-1980s.
He got away: Chuck Mercein was drafted by the Bills in 1965 out of Yale, but the Giants signed him. Mercein is best remembered for playing for the Packers against Dallas in the “Freezer Bowl” – the NFL Championship Game on Dec. 31, 1966.
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