Buffalo Bills Draft a Receiving Tight End In the First Round
The first round of the 2023 NFL Draft featured a lot of surprises, especially in the first 15 picks.
Trades and shocking picks were the story in the first two hours, with the most surprising pick probably being the Detroit Lions taking Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs at 12th overall.
Amazingly, there were zero wide receivers taken in the first 19 picks, but that's when the run took place.
Four straight picks were wide receiver, from pick to to pick 23:
- 20. Jaxon Smith-Njigba (Seattle)
- 21. Quentin Johnston (Los Angeles Chargers)
- 22. Zay Flowers (Baltimore)
- 23. Jordan Addison (Minnesota)
Those were the four wide receivers that Bills fans were hoping would fall to Buffalo and while we didn't known if the Bills were ever interested in drafting one of them but general manager Brandon Beane did take a weapon to help Josh Allen on the offense.
The Bills drafted Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid with the 25th overall pick.
Buffalo traded a 4th round pick to climb two spots to draft Kincaid, as Beane mentioned afterward they had a strong suspicion that the Dallas Cowboys wanted him at pick 26; plus if Kincaid wasn't there, Beane said they would have traded down.
Kincaid is a 23-year-old tight end who played his first two college seasons at San Diego and the last three at the University of Utah.
He's 6'4'', 240 lbs. and is a pure receiving tight end.
Kincaid will not be asked to block much. He will be asked to be another weapon in the passing game and has better receiving skills than current Bills starting tight end, Dawson Knox.
Kincaid will allow to the Bills to play 12 personnel regularly, which means a two tight end set; which should cause headaches for defenses.
Beane mentioned it will change the way defenses play them, which contributed to the Bills loving the idea of taking him.
We will see what the Bills do with pick 59 on Friday night.