Bills G.M. Brandon Beane: “We have to draft best player available”

AP

Fresh off their first playoff appearance in nearly two decades, the Buffalo Bills will look to find a way to take the next step forward.

General Manager Brandon Beane will be the man tasked with finding the pieces necessary to get the franchise their first playoff win since 1995. In an interview with the team’s website, Beane said he doesn’t see the Bills as having massive areas of need that require pointed addressing during the draft.

And for the most part we don’t have many glaring holes,” Beane said. “We do have a couple, but I don’t feel like we’re entering the draft with five starting positions that I’ve got to find in this draft.”

Beane also said it’s necessary that the team sticks to an approach of taking the “best player available.” Of course, every team says this and every team exits draft week saying they came away with every player they hoped to select. However, Beane said he wants others in the draft room to make sure that they stay true to their draft board and not go off script.

“When we get to draft day we’re not going to reach. We’re not. I have seen that and it rarely works when you reach,” he said. “I’ve seen where decisions were made and it’s decided that a team will not come out of the draft without ‘X’ position filled. I have a lot of examples in my head right now that happened.

“Most teams say they won’t reach. I’ve told my guys to hold me accountable. If they see me starting to reach somewhere that doesn’t match our value I’ve told them to grab me.

“We can’t just go say, ‘Hey I’m going to take this guy in the first and this guy in the second and now we’ve checked those boxes.’ We have to draft best player available. We’ve checked a decent number of boxes, but we still have work to do.”

15 responses to “Bills G.M. Brandon Beane: “We have to draft best player available”

  1. Buffalo staying put and Drafting BPA is their best route. A move up the board would cost way too much. Whether It is up to #2 or just a few more spots up, The Bills can’t afford to rid of the valuable position they are in with picks #12, #22, #53, #56, #65, #96 in the first three rounds.

  2. Martin Mayhew used this strategy with the Lions- He selected Eric Ebron #10- with Aaron Donald still on the board
    BPA only works when there is a solid talent evaluator

  3. I love Beane’s confidence! The Bills have a very specific core. That core may not be comprised of actual football players but it is comprised of something stronger: A PROCESS!! While the interior offensive line is non-existent and linebackers have essentially gone the way of the dinosaur, we have a future Coach of the Year candidate who can coach up whoever Beane gets for him. As long as we don’t draft Josh Allen, we’re good!

  4. TimmyP you’re crazy, we only have QB, WR, RT, G, C, ILB, OLB… I mean DE is covered! :- )

    Still like the direction they’ve been heading in
    #BillieveinBaker2018Draft

  5. It’s two weeks before the draft folks. If you’re trying to read tea leaves, the GM’s aren’t going to help you. Don’t even bother asking. If they say something, disregard it.

  6. He stated that they don’t have many glaring holes, key word glaring. Do they have optimal players at each position? No. But they do have serviceable players. The defense really doesn’t have any glaring hole outside of linebacker, with the free agent signings. Could they use a DE, sure but it’s not a glaring hole. The offense needs help. QB and WR are the glaring needs. Offensive line, TE and RB are stable. Guard may be an issue due to Incognito. But of course he can still move up to get a QB and claim it wasn’t a reach.

  7. Fan InDenial says:
    April 13, 2018 at 4:01 am
    Martin Mayhew used this strategy with the Lions- He selected Eric Ebron #10- with Aaron Donald still on the board
    BPA only works when there is a solid talent evaluator

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    In all fairness, I wanted the Giants to pick Ebron (glaring hole at TE). I then wanted Lewan. Glaring hole at Tackle. The took OBJ. I would have preferred Evans but I knew he wouldn’t get to 12.

    Wanting Donald is MMQBing. Everyone was saying unreal talent but will his size translate to the NFL? UP Panthers are my favorite college team, family tradition (thought we moved from there at a young age).

    Ebron was a solid pick (at the time). Lots of Giants fans were upset. Lewan was not had a bad rep, so I didn’t think they would draft him, I was hoping a bad rep at Tackle is probably the safest place to get by with one (still think it is).

  8. joetoronto says:
    April 13, 2018 at 5:10 am
    They’ll swing and miss like usual, nothing will ever change in Buffalow.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    Speaking of low, we know you will never change.

  9. billswillnevermove says:
    April 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    joetoronto says:
    April 13, 2018 at 5:10 am
    They’ll swing and miss like usual, nothing will ever change in Buffalow.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    Speaking of low, we know you will never change.

    In the red corner, weighing a WIRY 147 pounds…he’s already got nacho cheese all over his face…

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