With most of the places filled, the Buffalo Bills reinforce the backup needs in the project


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Brandon Beane joked that he would have lost a bet that the Buffalo Bills would not make a trade during the NFL draft.

Again, the general manager of the Bills also did not expect to recruit Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm.

“I just felt like it was too good to pass up,” said Beane on a conference call Saturday when he spoke about Fromm’s selection with 167th choice.

The addition of Fromm, however, underscored his patient approach to the project, which the bills began by sitting in the first round after swapping their first choice to acquire the receiver. Stefon Diggs from Minnesota.

With limited assets to manage and a list drawn up mainly after Buffalo’s last free will shot last month, Beane mostly resisted the urge to go up and down the order project as he did the two years previous.

Instead, he focused on the team’s most immediate needs with Buffalo’s top two picks by selecting defensive end I Iowa A.J. On Friday, Epenesa and Utah defended Zack Moss.

With Buffalo’s last five picks on Saturday, Beane turned his attention to competition in various positions, mainly respecting the philosophy of selecting the best player available.

This led to the writing of Buffalo Fromm, who led Georgia to the 2018 college football playoff title match.

Fromm shouldn’t challenge Josh Allen for the starting work. And yet he offers Buffalo potential long-term insurance in a rescue position with a veteran Matt Barkley entering the last year of his contract.

“I wouldn’t have told you when I entered today that he was on our radar,” said Beane. “But we got it in a place you can’t ignore. “

Beane’s approach is also how Buffalo ended up selecting Georgia Southern’s kicker, Tyler Bass, at No. 188. Although the Bills have a veteran Stephen Hauschka, Beane said he wanted to add competition to the position, and Bass just happened to be available.

The luxury of targeting talent on need was what Beane had in mind when he arrived in Buffalo three years ago. And his approach this year was a departure from the last two drafts when he used a large stock of selections to address key positions.

Two years ago, Beane did a series of jobs to win Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds in the first round. Last year, he made two other key moves in trading up to choose starting tackle Cody Ford and close end Dawson Knox in the second and third rounds.

This year, Beane had to be more selective.

“I just didn’t want to spot guys here at the end who couldn’t be on the list,” he said. “I like what we added. And I think competition is the word I would walk away from today. “


Adding Diggs to a Receiver Group Including John Brown and Cole beasley did not prevent the bills from taking stock of the bill.

Central Florida’s Gabriel Davis was short-listed in the fourth round (128th overall) and Oregon State’s Isaiah Hodgins was selected with the No. 207 pick.

Buffalo depth table already includes return of backups Andre Roberts, Isaiah McKenzie, Robert Foster and Duke Williams.

“Yes, they have deep guys, but you come to the NFL to compete,” said Davis, who set a school record for a season with 1,241 yards as a junior last year.


Beane said he was close to completing three trades, which did not all materialize for various reasons.

The first took place on Friday, when Beane feared losing the Moss draft. He considered going up seven places, but couldn’t find a trading partner, but ended up choosing the ball carrier.

Without revealing the details, Beane said he was finalizing a deal to swap places when the player he was targeting was selected. Another exchange failed, this time to return to the draft, because Beane did not like the return and preferred the player he had finally selected.


Moss’s physical straight-line racing style is expected to complement the more offbeat approach of runner Devin Singletary.

Beane cited a statistic in which Moss broke at least one tackle on 38% of his litters and has a chance of winning a job in short film and goal line situations.

Moss, who set Utah’s career record with 38 touchdowns, said he enjoyed playing defensemen.

“I like to be physical, trying to get the defenses to make a lot of business decisions by taking sores against me,” he said.


Bass has become 12th place in the Buffalo’s kicker since the 1970s, and third since the Bills used a seventh round pick to select John Potter in 2012. The Bills actually chose two kickers – Grant Guthrie in the sixth round and Stefan Schroder, 13th – in 1970.


The Bills closed the draft by selecting Pitt Dane Jackson’s cornerback with the 239th pick.


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