Beane: 'We're heading in the right direction'

The Bills' general manager joined Howard and Jeremy on Monday to recap the 2019 NFL Draft

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April 29, 2019 - 10:17 am

The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone with the Buffalo Bills adding eight new players with the roster for the 2019 season. In addition, the Bills have reportedly signed a few undrafted free agents that will get the chance to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Now the focus will shift towards offseason workouts to get ready for training camp at St. John Fisher College in July and August. The Bills will be holding their rookie minicamp some time next week, followed by more organized team activities to continue to prepare for the 2019 season.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane took some time on Monday morning to join Howard Simon and Jeremy White to recap the 2019 NFL Draft and more.

Here is some of what he had to say:

 

Beane on the direction of the team moving into the 2019 season:

"We're heading in the right direction... We'll continue to look at other positions [to add to the roster]. We do think we have filled a lot of holes between free agency and the draft, but I do think there are still spots that we can improve and get stronger. If there's ways that I can at least add competition; we'll pay attention to what happens. There will be some guys that will be released this month that teams drafted a player at their position and maybe their cap number is a little higher now than the team wants to hold on to or take a chance on an injury. There will be some guys out there still and if we think there's a guy that fits, we'll still look to add more competition between now and when we get to St. John Fisher."

 

Beane on Devin Singletary:

"He was the best player on our board according to our value. I just believe that you draft good football players and it's all going to work out. I know there's this need talk and you try and hit needs and the biggest need that we felt we had in the draft was the first round pick, Ed Oliver, it fell perfect for us. He was the best player on our board and that's kind of just the way we stuck with it. You're never going to go wrong drafting good players in my opinion. We do have a couple of older guys in Frank [Gore] and LeSean [McCoy] so part of this is planning for the future as well."

 

Beane on where Cody Ford will play at the start of the season:

"We're going to start him at right tackle, he played there last year and we thought he played well. He has played guard before and we liked the position flex, that was a very important piece of free agency that we tried to get linemen that were not one whole players and so Cody fits that as well. We're going to start him at right tackle and he'll be in the competition and we're going to put the best five linemen out there. If we find that somebody else beats him out at right but he wins a guard job, then so be it. It's all about the best five."

 

Beane on Tyree Jackson:

"He's a talented young man, I honestly thought that he would be drafted. But he's a big physically gifted man and we thought that he had tools to work with. He still has a lot of rawness to his game, we thought that it was a good situation to take a shot on him as an undrafted guy and see what you got. We spent time with him, we were at his pro day but he also came to our local day so we got a second workout with him. He'll come in here and we'll see how it shakes out."

 

Beane on drafting the best player available:

"Let's say I've got a guy in the third round that I've got him graded in the bottom of the third round. And we've got players still in the top of the third round, why would I reach for that if my draft pick is at the top of the third round? Why would I reach down there and pass up who I think is a better player? We've done all this time, effort, and energy to get this board set for the value of our team and I just don't believe in doing that. If they're close, and that position is of higher need, then yes, you go to the need."

 

You can listen to the entire interview below:

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