This Day In Bills History – April 20th

First and foremost BillsMafia, Happy Easter. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.

While you’re getting your fill of Peeps, Cadbury Creme Eggs and hollow chocolate rabbits, you may as well get your fill of Buffalo Bills information for the day. On this day in Bills history, two notable players were drafted by the Bills. One will be remembered as Buffalo’s last true number one receiver and the other may be the biggest bust in Buffalo Bills history.

Buffalo’s Last True No. 1 Receiver

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On this date in 1996, the Buffalo Bills drafted Eric Moulds. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

On this date in 1996, the Buffalo Bills selected Eric Moulds with the 24th overall pick of round one. Moulds was the 5th wide receiver drafted in the round behind Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn, Eddie Kennison and Marvin Harrison.

At Mississippi State, Moulds was known for his big play ability. He had 118 receptions for 2,022 yards and 17 touchdowns in his collegiate career. Moulds’ 17.1 yards per reception average and 28.6 yard kick return average made him appealing to the Bills.

In Buffalo, Moulds saw limited time as a receiver during his first two seasons. Andre Reed and Quinn Early were Buffalo’s top receivers at this point, so Moulds’ playing time was limited. However, patience paid off for Moulds. In 1998, his first full season as starter, Moulds caught 67 passes for 1,368 yards and 9 touchdowns. His efforts earned him a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl.

Moulds played a total of ten seasons with the Bills. He finished with 675 receptions, 9,096 yards and 48 touchdowns in Buffalo. In Bills history, Moulds sits behind only Andre Reed in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Moulds’ average of 59.1 yards per game in Buffalo is comparable with Reed’s 59.25 yard per game average as a Bill. Statistically speaking, Moulds is the second best receiver in Buffalo’s history.

One of the Biggest Busts in Team History

April 20th hasn’t always been kind to Buffalo. On this date in 2002, the Buffalo Bills drafted Mike Williams with the 4th overall pick. The selection of Williams was thought of as one of the safest picks in the draft. Williams had a terrific career at Texas and in Buffalo, he was expected to anchor one of the tackle spots for years to come.

Williams lasted four years in Buffalo. In 51 career games, Williams started 47 games for the Bills and it wasn’t pretty. Williams struggled with weight problems during his time in Buffalo before he was eventually cut after the 2005 season.

Williams was also cut by the Jaguars before leaving football for a few seasons. He eventually resurfaced in 2009 with the Redskins and played decently at guard. Williams was given a two-year extension, but never played with the Redskins again. In 2010, Williams sat out the season with blood clots near his heart and in 2011 he was released.

Due to how high Williams was selected and the fact that Bryant McKinnie was taken just a few picks later, Williams will always be looked at as one of the biggest busts in Bills history.

 

About Ryan Talbot

Ryan Talbot is a life-long Bills fan. He was always Team Flutie, knows that Frank Wycheck's pass was thrown forward and once left a writing position because of Donte Whitner. Ryan has a wonderful wife and two awesome children.

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