Orchard Park, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills started the process of revising the tight end position after an awful season for the position in 2018.
Charles Clay was cut and Logan Thomas was not signed. The pictures added free agent Tyler Kroft on a three-year agreement in March, but the expectation was that they would target a tight end in the draft – maybe even in the first round.
Iowa's TJ Hockenson made a choice before Beane chose defensive tackle Ed Oliver and fans began to wonder when Buffalo would finally land another tight end.
After playing back Devin Singletary with the 74th pick in the third round, it seemed to be a wait until day 3, but Beane treated both of his fourth round picks to the Washington Redskins for the 96th pick to take Ole Miss tight end Dawson Knox.
"He's a very good athlete. He tested well," Beane said. "(I) was able to see him live this year against South Carolina. And warming up, you could just see. I didn't feel like they were using him to highlight some of the things he does well. of the guys he is a combo. Some of the tight ends we think are really just a flex or some are just a y that you really don't want to include in the passing game much. a double threat. I think he is up. "
GRADE = B
The bills have not had a good tight end, well, maybe ever. Knox is far from a sure thing to become a merchant with the bills, but his versatility as a blocker and pass, coupled with his athletics makes him a good late third round pick. The bills had to give up assets to move up and grab Knox, but he could be the fourth best tight end in this class.
Knox blew it out of the water on his day, sent some sick numbers and lifted his draft stock. His scout reports say he jumps the ball well when it is in the air and has some strong points and weak points in his route.
He didn't have much chance of shining at Ole Miss, because the ball was usually going to one of his three superstar recipients. In Buffalo, Knox hopes to prove himself and take his game to the next level.
"It was sometimes frustrating (in college). But I know I play a role and if I block a particular game, I have to do what I can," he said Friday night on a conference call. after he was drafted by the bills. "I know how much I am capable and I could not really show it."
Beane believes that Knox is the kind of talent that will produce when used properly And much of this class is based on GM's track record for talent evaluation. If Knox hits the offense, he just got a shiny new toy for quarterback Josh Allen.