Shuffling Off to Buffalo
Paul Posluszny.
Paul Posluszny.

Posted Apr 28, 2007


Following his freshman year at Penn State, linebacker Paul Posluszny changed his number to 31 in honor of former Nittany Lion great Shane Conlan. After being taken by the Buffalo Bills with the second pick of the second round of Saturday's NFL Draft, Posluszny has a chance to emulate Conlan once again.

Conlan, you see, was a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1987. Two decades later, Buffalo grabbed Posluszny, albeit early in the second round.

Most experts predicted Posluszny would be a mid to late first-round pick. But apparently lingering concerns about a knee injury sustained in the 2006 Orange Bowl caused teams to take a cautious approach with him.

Buffalo was reportedly considering taking Posluszny with the 12th overall pick, but instead selected running back Marshawn Lynch from Cal.

In an interesting twist, the Detroit Lions — and president Matt Millen — initially held the second pick of the second round. But the Lions traded the pick to Buffalo. Millen is a former Penn State All-American.

Another reason for Posluszny's slip to the second round may have been because outside linebackers were not a priority for most teams. Only two projected OLBs — Lawrence Timmons of Florida State (Pittsburgh) and Jon Beason of Miami (Carolina) — were selected ahead of the 2006 Butkus winner.

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