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Brandon Beane WGR interviews 4/29

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Beane was on WGR twice today... morning interview below followed by notes. Afternoon interview on One Bills Live posted later in thread.
 
 
Notes from interview below...
 
Why some players are higher on one team’s board than others? Often scheme. Example OLs Chris Lindstrom 

Gap scheme - not a good fit

Zone scheme - perfect fit 
Some of the CBs play “press man all day” - not what Bills need
 
Gettleman pick -he says others were going to take Daniel Jones high? -
May have gotten texts from another GM after the pick saying that, happens a lot, “great pick, we wanted him” etc 
 
Cody Ford -
Will Start out  at RT
Has played G, likes position flex
Will be in competition at RT
Will put out best 5 on OL
If gets beaten out at RT but 
Wins G job, ok 
Played G his 1st 2 years but his Tackle film was really good
Allowed 1 pressure last year  (gave kyler some credit)
DL won’t out run his cylinder 
Best to beat him with speed, but didn’t see that happen on film 
Bills and Carolina were both trying to trade up for OL at same time 
Dawkins to still play LT? - similar to  Ford
Start out at LT but will give shots at different spots and he has ability to play G
 
RB pick - Singletary was the best player on their board at that pick 
He Believes in drafting good players
Biggest “need” in the draft  was Oliver 
Devin - stuck to board and are planning for future because couple of older guys at position 
Why not a WR there? They would have drafted one but didn’t want to take one down the board, wasn’t one as highly graded as who they selected 
At end of draft might hit some needs, but in 3rd stuck to board 
Might look left or right if have too many guys at a position 
How big of a gap does there need to be to not reach? Example - if WR is at bottom of 3rd on board and players available still at the top - Wouldn’t Reach. Put way too much time and energy into board. If close,  and position is higher need, might go to need
 
Had draftable grade on David Sills
 
Dawson Knox - good athlete. Very smart. Offense didn’t use him, had other  talented players who were drafted high 
Had a few injuries. Dual player. Will come in and have a lot to learn. Get down seam and run block 
 
4 RBs - competition  is good, brings out the best. Gore and McCoy are very competitive. Yeldon very versatile. Young guys push vets. Vets show young guys how it’s done. 
Singletary film- 
One play where 6 guys all in arm length and got out. Freeze film and try to guess who will tackle. No one did. If he was a home run hitter he  would have gone even higher. Wasn’t used a lot in pass game but they worked him out there and feel comfortable
 
Tyree- talented young man. Thought would be drafted physically gifts. Tools. Rawness. Good situation. 
 
Sills-
Watched Greer live twice last year when scouting QBs (he was considering declaring last year)  and saw WVU twice this year. Made a lot of plays downfield. Height and length. Smart, savvy route runner. So many WR, guys get pushed down. look at Foster, UDFAs can produce. . Way college game has changed, lots  of WRs available. There were Guys who got drafted, over which he would have taken Sills 
 
What becomes of draft board now ? Have a Digital and magnetic version
. Keeps still image/screen shot of magnetic board. Helps for next year. Self-scouting. Tuesday they put up the magnetic board. Good reference point and try to learn for history. Miss on someone? Trends? Look back and Learn why guys make it. Exercise pre-draft - Ask scouts why each guy will fail. May slide to second for certain reasons.  5th / 6th ask scouts why will the guy make it?  Height/weight/skill - why will succeed? Small school/injuries/transfer? Eifert an example of a guy who was  a good pick at the time , but things happen, couldn’t have predicted.
 
Roster - headed in right direction. Still looking. Still have needs. WR. Other positions. Filled A lot of holes but still spots  to improve and at least add competition. guys on other teams will get released this month for cap reasons who were replaced in draft.
 
Shaq- how he makes decision on option - what is #, what is franchise # next year - who else will be FA next year - who will be in draft next year - can’t totally determine due to underclassmen. 
Now that draft is over will talk through and make best decision for team 
 
Hughes - no updates, something to look at / will be discussed - will reach out to agent at right time 
Ansah-  still in play. Nothing done yet. Still talking to agent. 
 
Shady Avengers spoiler  - heard about it but no idea (didn’t seem to have thought about the movie at all). Kids saw it. “Will do due diligence”  

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks, Yolo.  Really appreciate what you do for the board.

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The one thing that does not make sense there is Carolina trying to trade up for Ford. They drafted Greg Little right before us. 

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Nice he knows WR is in a lousy spot. Too bad he didn't act on it.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, MrEpsYtown said:

The one thing that does not make sense there is Carolina trying to trade up for Ford. They drafted Greg Little right before us. 

May have heard it wrong? Was taking notes fast. He definitely said they and Carolina both trying to trade up at same time when discussing Ford pick. 

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I really appreciate his comment on scheme fit.  I feel like fans don't really understand scheme fit, unless its the difference between a 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE. 

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5 minutes ago, JoshAllenHasBigHands said:

I really appreciate his comment on scheme fit.  I feel like fans don't really understand scheme fit, unless its the difference between a 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE. 

That is due to media draft analyst who put out big boards, which accumulate all players regardless of scheme fit. Each team has their own board and it is based on that among other factors, and each is different. Fans see the first thing and never the second. They think “BPA” is based on what they know as fans. 

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Excellent, as always, Yolo: thank you!

 

This is the third consecutive draft that I am very happy with. I love the vision this organization has and the manner in which they’re executing it.

 

For the people here still complaining, think back just a few years and ask yourself, “Are we better off now?”  That’s the measuring stick. We had to take a few steps back to take a leap forward. 

 

In addition, not every single position can be ‘fixed’ in a year. They clearly have a path that includes what to fix and in what order. 

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If I had to guess just based on voice inflection/verbal cues: they won’t be picking up Shaq’s option and they will be signing Ansah

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29 minutes ago, Joe in Winslow said:

Nice he knows WR is in a lousy spot. Too bad he didn't act on it.

 

 

He did in free agency.  You don't just dial up #1 WRs in the mid rounds of the draft.  DK was the darling of many around here and he lasted until (edit) the end of the 2nd round*.  Ever think the GMs around the league know more than you?  Truth is even the league's worst GMs know more than just about everyone on this board.  

 

*-I originally said 3rd round-proof that the GMs know more than me too.  

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22 minutes ago, MrEpsYtown said:

The one thing that does not make sense there is Carolina trying to trade up for Ford. They drafted Greg Little right before us. 

Yeah, i thought this same thing. If anything they should have stayed put and drafted at 40 since that threat was out of the way. But they prob had similar grades on little and ford, but once one was gone they got scared no failsafe was still there to take, so they pulled trigger.

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Beane always impresses me as being a very sharp guy.  No success is guaranteed but I hope things work out that he's the GM here a very long time.  Such a huge upgrade from Whaley IMO.

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22 minutes ago, Joe in Winslow said:

Nice he knows WR is in a lousy spot. Too bad he didn't act on it.

 

 

Beasley, Brown, Williams, Sills. 

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7 minutes ago, Albany,n.y. said:

He did in free agency.  You don't just dial up #1 WRs in the mid rounds of the draft.  DK was the darling of many around here and he lasted until the 3rd round.  Ever think the GMs around the league know more than you?  Truth is even the league's worst GMs know more than just about everyone on this board.   

 

Yeah, we'll see how things pan out. Would rather they had taken a shot at trading back up into the second for Metcalf than having taken an undersized and slow RB. But whatever, it is what it is at this point, planning on a whole lot of 17-14 this year.

 

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21 minutes ago, Joe in Winslow said:

Nice he knows WR is in a lousy spot. Too bad he didn't act on it.

 

 

The next two WRs to go off the board after they picked Singletary were McLaurin and Boykin (both  later in the round). They likely didn’t think either have #1 WR potential. I’m positive the Redskins took McLaurin because of Haskins publically begging them to take one of his guys and Campbell was gone. I like both players but they felt Singletary  has a higher ceiling imo.

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10 minutes ago, YoloinOhio said:

If I had to guess just based on voice inflection/verbal cues: they won’t be picking up Shaq’s option and they will be signing Ansah

 

I’m struggling to remember the last Bills first round pick who made it to their second contract - Dareus?  And he gets an asterisk because they quickly dealt him.  Wood?

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26 minutes ago, MrEpsYtown said:

The one thing that does not make sense there is Carolina trying to trade up for Ford. They drafted Greg Little right before us. 

 

That could have been on Day One.    Bills were trying to trade up but got no takers.   The Panthers may have been trying as well, then flipped to Little on Day Two. 

 

Alternately, Carolina could have said they were trying to get Ford just to screw with McBeane for the time the Bills snagged a player the Panthers wanted (can't remember his name)...

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4 minutes ago, Joe in Winslow said:

 

Yeah, we'll see how things pan out. Would rather they had taken a shot at trading back up into the second for Metcalf than having taken an undersized and slow RB. But whatever, it is what it is at this point, planning on a whole lot of 17-14 this year.

 

 

yea...hate on the bills for deciding NOT to trade up for a guy who plummeted in the draft. You must just really love pics of shirtless, muscular men. 

 

As pointed out a couple posts ago, Beane added a lot of weapons to the WR room over the offseason and draft...were you asleep? Check out the "true #1 WR's" in the NFL and where their teams have been finishing. You do NOT need a true number 1 WR to win in this league.  

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Just now, Lurker said:

 

That could have been on Day One.    Bills were trying to trade up but got no takers.   The Panthers may have been trying as well, then flipped to Little on Day Two. 

 

Alternately, Carolina could have said they were trying to get Ford just to screw with McBeane for the time the Bills snagged a player the Panthers wanted (can't remember his name)...

Twice - Dawkins and Zay Jones in 2017. Different FO though I think Gettleman was there then and now it’s Hurney again

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1 minute ago, PaattMaann said:

 

yea...hate on the bills for deciding NOT to trade up for a guy who plummeted in the draft. You must just really love pics of shirtless, muscular men. 

 

As pointed out a couple posts ago, Beane added a lot of weapons to the WR room over the offseason and draft...were you asleep? Check out the "true #1 WR's" in the NFL and where their teams have been finishing. You do NOT need a true number 1 WR to win in this league.  

 

No need to be a dick.

 

And you and I obviously have different definitions of "weapons."

 

 

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22 minutes ago, YoloinOhio said:

That is due to media draft analyst who put out big boards, which accumulate all players regardless of scheme fit. Each team has their own board and it is based on that among other factors, and each is different. Fans see the first thing and never the second. They think “BPA” is based on what they know as fans. 

 

That is insightful.  

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7 minutes ago, Joe in Winslow said:

 

No need to be a dick.

 

And you and I obviously have different definitions of "weapons."

 

 

 

Again, which recent #1 WR has taken his team on his back and brought them championships? Thats not todays NFL. Even last years WR room would have found more success if our QB wasn't constantly under pressure and running for his life. Adding a bonafide downfield threat (I dont know how you can disagree with Brown being this...just check what he was doing last year with Flacco lol) and an underneath WR in Beasley was a pretty big win in upgrading the WR room. 

 

Biggest thing we did to help QB and WR was actually bring in some competent linemen. 

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12 minutes ago, Joe in Winslow said:

 

Yeah, we'll see how things pan out. Would rather they had taken a shot at trading back up into the second for Metcalf than having taken an undersized and slow RB. But whatever, it is what it is at this point, planning on a whole lot of 17-14 this year.

 

Have you watched any Singletary highlights? He might not put on his underwear and run super fast in a straight line, but the guy is not SLOW by any means. Guys are lucky to get a hand on him most the time let alone tackle him. He will be a weapon for us if used correctly. A very dangerous player..

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Just now, badassgixxer05 said:

Have you watched any Singletary highlights? He might not put on his underwear and run super fast in a straight line, but the guy is not SLOW by any means. Guys are lucky to get a hand on him most the time let alone tackle him. He will be a weapon for us if used correctly. A very dangerous player..

 

Thanks to the combine and NFL draft coverage, fans now value straight line speed (40 times) over actual football skills.  It is totally bizarre.  

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4 minutes ago, PaattMaann said:

 

Again, which recent #1 WR has taken his team on his back and brought them championships? Thats not todays NFL. Even last years WR room would have found more success if our QB wasn't constantly under pressure and running for his life. Adding a bonafide downfield threat (I dont know how you can disagree with Brown being this...just check what he was doing last year with Flacco lol) and an underneath WR in Beasley was a pretty big win in upgrading the WR room. 

 

Biggest thing we did to help QB and WR was actually bring in some competent linemen. 

 

A lot of people around here point to the Patriots as a model of how to use a plethora of average guys while ignoring what made the Patriots passing game tick: Gronkowski.

 

Without Gronk, guys like Edelman/Hogan/whoever would have had a HELL of a lot harder of a time. While you're right that it helps to add OL help, I don't think the team should rest on its laurels thinking it's the be-all/end-all of improving the offense. It's not.

 

 

 

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