By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Andre Reed of the Bills
Taken in Round 4 in 1985
Other picks in that round: Many players in the round had long and noteworthy careers, although Reed is the only one in the Hall of Fame. The list of players who took part in 150 NFL games included Pittsburgh center Dan Kirk, Chicago kicker Kevin Butler, Miami center Jeff Dellenbach, and Bills tackle Dale Hellestrae.
The details: This is one of the great scouting stories in Bills’ history. Elbert Dubenion was an excellent wide receiver for Buffalo in the 1960s, and he turned out to have a great eye for talent as a scout. He spotted Reed at Kutztown State, and convinced the Bills to draft him. Reed went on to play 16 seasons, 15 of them with the Bills. He broke many of Dubenion’s receiving records.
Other 86s: Edgar Chandler played five years with the Bills on some bad teams around 1970, and was a starting middle linebacker in 1970 and 1971. Kevin Everett’s football career was cut short in a horrific injury on a kickoff in 2007. Zack Moss was a helpful running back as a rookie in 2020.
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