Bills trade up, draft Florida CB Kaiir Elam with the 23rd overall pick

Payments commerce up, draft Florida CB Kaiir Elam with the twenty third general choose

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ORCHARD PARK, NY (MB) – Drafting Kaiir Elam was Brandon Beane’s favourite form of choose because it addressed a necessity and had a first-round worth.

“It simply felt prefer it was inside hanging distance,” Payments basic supervisor Brandon Beane mentioned.

The Payments moved as much as draft the cornerback out of Florida with the twenty third general choose and in doing so addressed their greatest want. The Payments traded the twenty fifth general choose and a fourth-round choose (a hundred and thirtieth general) to the Ravens. In doing so Buffalo moved up two spots to get Elam by getting in entrance of Dallas selecting at 24.

“If I am gonna get aggressive it is often when there is a worth there and it fills a necessity. If it wasn’t extra of a stronger want for us I in all probability would have simply waited and see what occurs and simply take the very best participant on the board,” Beane defined.

“I am tremendous excited, I am tremendous excited to go to work. I advised them to place the playbook on the airplane, I am attempting to be taught as a lot as I can instantly and simply get higher and contribute to the crew and attempt to try for a direct impression instantly,” Elam mentioned on a zoom name Thursday night time.

The way in which the draft was going, issues had been trending within the course of the Payments taking a nook. The highest two went off the board rapidly with Derek Stingley Jr. going to the Texans third general and the Jets taking Sauce Gardner with the subsequent choose at fourth general. After these guys went, a cornerback wasn’t taken till the Chiefs traded with the Patriots to maneuver as much as the twenty first general choose. Kansas Metropolis chosen Washington nook Trent McDuffie with that choose.

Beane talked about Elam was the final participant that they had with a primary spherical grade left on the board and that is why they moved as much as get him together with the McDuffie choose.

“I used to be frightened extra about somebody buying and selling in in entrance of us understanding that lots of people had us pegged for probably as a nook,” Beane defined.

Whereas they ended up buying and selling up two spots, it was by no means a chance they’d transfer up considerably as Beane mentioned they did not speak to a crew with a choose above 20.

“He was sitting on the market and we actually really feel like he is gonna be a terrific slot in our protection. He is received some versatility within the sense that he can play off, he can play press, provides us somewhat measurement, somewhat size. He is received velocity if we’re in press man or something like that so I feel it’s going to give Leslie [Frazier] extra choices at what he can do with him.”

Addressing the cornerback place was large as a result of Tre’Davious White continues to be recovering from a torn ACL he suffered on Thanksgiving night time in New Orleans final yr. Whereas White appears to be on monitor so far as his rehab goes, it is nonetheless robust to pinpoint when he’ll be able to go.

“It isn’t a priority it is simply it is an unknown of precisely what his timeline will likely be. It is nonetheless too far out, I imply he is hitting every thing, he is completed a terrific job however yeah, we would like depth there,” Beane mentioned.

The Payments additionally misplaced their different beginning cornerback from final season as Levi Wallace left in free company.

However Elam is worked up to play alongside a man like White and even received to fulfill him when he got here for his pre-draft go to.

“I am coming in to compete, I do not assume something’s gonna be given to me. However the potential to play and to be taught from Tre White and the opposite guys within the secondary is one thing I look ahead to, you already know choose their brains, attempt to be taught as a lot as I can,” Elam mentioned.

“But additionally on the sphere I wish to compete instantly, instantly, for every thing. I simply wish to show that I’ll have a direct impression that I am gonna try to win a Tremendous Bowl.”

Final season at Florida, Elam began ten video games and had 29 tackles, six move breakups and one interception. All through his profession with the Gators he completed with six interceptions, 79 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 26 move breakups and a fumble restoration in 35 video games.

Whereas his play was clearly a giant consider why the Payments needed to draft him, it appeared like his pre-draft go to actually put him excessive by not solely the solutions he offered the Payments however the questions he requested as nicely.

“He mentioned what does Tre White do, what has he completed to be so good? Like what do you guys see? And simply what do you see in my recreation that you simply like and what do you assume I have to get higher at? Just a few actually good questions, a man that ‘s critical and targeted and pushed to be actually good at his craft his is what I took from it,” Beane mentioned.

And that go to actually had an enduring impression on Elam as nicely.

“I used to be simply so grateful as a result of as soon as I received to Buffalo and did my go to I simply felt one thing particular. I did not know what it was, I did not know what it could possibly be however I simply felt one thing particular and I felt prefer it was an atmosphere I might go in and attempt to compete and be taught as a lot as I can and attempt to have a direct impression instantly. I feel it was a sigh of aid I might say as a result of I try to be the very best,” Elam mentioned.

Try our prospect profile on Kaiir Elam main as much as the draft right here.