Dallas Cowboys fans really wanted a player from the NFL Draft, but Bills GM Brandon Beane had other plans. Beane would trade pick 27 and 130 to the Jacksonville Jaguars for pick 25, one selection before Dallas.
The Bills selected Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid on Thursday night and broke the heart of Cowboys fans everywhere.
Buffalo GM Brandon Beane believed the Cowboys were set to take Kincaid at 26, so he traded his fourth-round pick to the Jaguars in order to move up two spots to 25.
He made that clear when asked about it.
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“We had a good feeling that Dallas would take him and we just really liked him and felt he would be a great fit in our offense,” Beane said. “He’s a tight end, but he’s a receiving tight end. We think he’ll pair well with Dawson [Knox] and give us another target in the middle of the field.”
According to Beane, the Bills were considering moving back in the draft in order to acquire more picks.
Instead, they ultimately moved up in order to land Kincaid.
“If you asked me five picks before we picked, I still would have told you we were going to trade down. I thought he was going to get taken,” Beane said. “[He] was the one player that I felt strongly that the team in front of us had a lot of love for.”
The Cowboys were rumored to be in the market for a tight end entering the draft, but they had to settle for selecting Michigan defensive lineman Mazi Smith with their first-round pick.
After trading their fourth-round pick and previously trading their seventh, the Bills only have their second, third, fifth, and sixth picks remaining over the next two days.
Beane didn’t want to give up the fourth, but he feels strongly that making the move was worth it.
“I didn’t want to have to give up a pick,” Beane said. “But I would have been more disappointed with him that close to not be able to get him.”
Dalton Kincaid will now join a high-powered Bills’ offense that already has a pair of stars in Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.
Kincaid caught 70 passes for 890 yards and eight touchdowns at Utah last season.
Beane believes he will fit in great at Buffalo.
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“Elite hands, really good route runner. Good feel setting up guys inside. This guy’s got great feel, great instinct,” Beane said. “He pairs well in our offense. He’s something we don’t have. Us trading up tells you how we valued him. … He was the best player on our board.”