It hasn’t happened since Gene Bradley.
Since WHO?!? you ask.
Well… in 1980, Gene Bradley was taken in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He never played a game for them or for anybody else in the NFL.
No second round pick since had finished his Bills career without actually starting it… until this year.
The Bills traded Reggie Ragland on Monday to the Chiefs for Kansas City’s 4th round pick in 2019.
Doug Whaley moved up in the second round to get Ragland two years ago, spending his 2016 2nd and 4th round pick plus a 2017 4th to land him.
Ragland tore his ACL during camp last year and missed the entire season. He was thought to be a square peg in Sean McDermott’s round hole of a defense and quickly slipped to the third team during training camp this year.
Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier last week said that Ragland wasn’t fully healthy and it likely contributed to his struggles in camp.
McDermott and Brandon Beane, apparently, weren’t interested in seeing if Ragland would get better.
Ian Rapoport even intimated that Ragland was on the trade block all summer and the Bills were waiting to get a deal they liked.
His lone contribution to the Bills will be to end a 36 year streak of 2nd round picks who all, at least, played in games for the Bills.
Buffalo also added a quarterback on Monday, signing Keith Wenning.
He was a 6th round pick by the Ravens in 2014 and played there one season. Rick Dennison was the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore that season and that familiarity is probably why Wenning is in Buffalo now.
With Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates in concussion protocol, the Bills needed someone to prevent Nate Peterman from playing the entire preseason finale Thursday.
Wenning will likely be able to pick up the Dennison offense faster than just anybody off the street and he’s just as likely to get cut over the weekend.