BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) In the 2015 NFL Draft the Buffalo Bills did not have a first-round pick. However, in the past some of the Bills best players came in later rounds. Hall-of-fame receiver, Andre Reed, was chosen in the fourth round of the 1985 draft with the 86th overall pick. News 4 Sports Lauren Brill discuss the challenges players chosen outside of the first round race with Reed.
“Back in 1985 TV was different, everything was different about the draft,” Reed said. “I think the biggest difference (being a later round pick) is probably the exposure.”
Once players get to camp and put on a uniform, the mid and late-round picks don’t have a guaranteed spot on the roster.
“Being a fourth-round draft choice back then, you had 12 rounds, so you tried to get as much of an advantage as you can to be involved in the game and get the ball. You wanted to show right away you belong there no matter what round were in,” Reed explained.
According to Reed it no longer matters where you are drafted.
“Now a days, no, back then, probably more back then because you did not have as much chances,” Reed said.
While the biggest difference between first round picks and the later round picks is probably the size of their rookie contracts, Reed explained his salary was not of the utmost value to him.
Reed said, “To me you don’t play this game for money, you play this game to win championships.”