"A very promising second-year player who appeared in all 14 games last year, mostly on special teams, but started the final two games of the season at right tackle and played very well opposite Bill Stanfill of Miami and Fred Cook of Baltimore. Joe developed very well as the 1976 season progressed and will be a prime candidate for a starting berth this year. He has excellent athletic ability and body strength.
Devlin was a first team All-America selection of the Sporting News, an honorable mention UPI All-America and first team All-Big Ten in 1975. He was a three-year starter at Iowa, playing at both guard and tackle, and was invited to the 1975 Blue-Gray Game.
He is a liberal arts major interested in conservation and forestry management. His brother, Robert, plays basketball at Maryland and another brother, Mark, plays football at Penn State. Joe's hobbies include hunting, camping, fishing, music and boxing."
-Buffalo Bills 1977 Press-Radio-TV Yearbook