Buffalo Bills: 4 potential values at pick 27 in 2023 NFL Draft

Lukas Van Ness (Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)
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Dalton Kincaid – Tight End, Utah

Kincaid is a really interesting prospect, and it is very hard to project where he will go in this draft. At one point recently, having the top rated tight end in the draft fall to the Buffalo Bills at pick 27 would have been a pipe dream.

However, as the draft approaches concerns about his college usage and injury history seem to be pushing his draft stock down to the point where like Van Ness, he may be a realistic target for Brandon Beane on Thursday night.

Dalton Kincaid played two seasons at San Diego before transferring to Utah in 2020. His two seasons in Utah were uneven – he caught just one pass in 2020, before scoring eight touchdowns in his senior season in 2021. There may be significantly more upside for Kincaid, as he was not even Utah’s primary tight end for most of his senior season.

Unfortunately, a significant back injury derailed his season, and concerns about his pass-blocking ability have him falling behind Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer, and sometimes Georgia’s Darnell Washington in mock drafts despite being ESPN’s top ranked tight end and fourteenth-rated player overall.

In the Buffalo Bills’ offense, Kincaid would be an excellent fit, and would certainly fit Beane’s desire to add a “playmaker”. As the Bills’ second tight end, they could scheme to limit his exposure on running downs as he grows as a blocker while featuring him and Dawson Knox in two tight end sets to add another dimension to their passing attack.

Like with Van Ness, if the draft progresses into the last third of the first round and Kincaid’s name has not been called, look for Beane to be aggressive to add another weapon to the Bills offense to support superstar QB Josh Allen.