Last week, general manager Brandon Beane said that the Buffalo Bills were more likely to trade back in the first round instead of trade up. This would have been quite the departure from Beane’s strategy as he moved up more often than not, including last year when the Bills moved up two spots to select cornerback Kaiir Elam.
However, the Bills’ general manager stayed true to form as he once again made a trade up in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. He only moved up two spots in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars which cost him a fourth round pick to select tight end Dalton Kincaid.
The Buffalo Bills felt the trade was necessary because the players they wanted in the first one seemed to disappear rapidly with a run on wide receivers with four straight getting drafted from Picks 19 to 23.
Buffalo Bills were prepared to trade back if they couldn’t get Dalton Kincaid
On Thursday night, Brandon Beane said that if they couldn’t get Dalton Kincaid they were prepared to move back, according to ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg.
Getzenberg included in her tweet that the Buffalo Bills general manager said he had a good feeling that the Dallas Cowboys were going to take Kincaid. This certainly makes sense after they lost Dalton Schultz in free agency this offseason.
The biggest question now is whether or not it was the right move to trade up for Dalton Kincaid. He certainly looks like an excellent prospect and gives Josh Allen another big weapon in this offense.
However, they entered the 2023 NFL Draft with only six picks and then had to use one to move up two spots, leaving them only four picks over the final six rounds. The chance to add more picks might have been very appealing to improve the depth on the roster but it would appear the team clearly has a plan for their new tight end and it will be interesting to see how it changes this offense.