Beane excited, anxious for first draft as GM

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 28: Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane, answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on February 28, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Not even Brandon Beane’s wife knows what his plans are for his first draft. 

“It doesn’t leave this building.”

Beane and Sean McDermott played it close to the vest Monday during their pre-draft press conference. The one thing Beane did admit: he’s itchy for his first draft as GM to arrive… just like Bills fans. 

“You think about it all the time. Even when you don’t want to think about it,” Beane said. “You want to win every pick. That’s natural. Until it gets here, all you can do is be anxious.”

More than once, Beane referred to the draft as a vehicle to get McDermott the players he needs to win.

“If I don’t do my job, I feel like I let (McDermott) down,” Beane said. “I feel good about the work. If you do the work, it should fall into place.”

Beane said the Bills will work their own mock drafts on Monday. They’ll work through at least the top two rounds. For the front office, draft day is game day. 

“I’m a competitor. I love it,” Beane said. “This is where my staff and I show we’ve done the work and we’re competent people.”

The Bills draft board isn’t finalized, but Beane said they have it down to clumps. They might have decided on the top three corners or the top five offensive tackles. The next part of the process is “trying to settle some arguments in the room” among scouts and fine tune their rankings. 

Beane did not discuss any quarterback specifically, but he also did not back down from the importance of landing one.  

“You have to have a franchise quarterback,” Beane said. “It’s one of the main jobs of a GM to find a franchise quarterback.” 

Beane was asked how a trade on draft day might take place. He says if someone among the top members of the Bills football operation has a connection with the targeted team, that person may reach out first. If there is serious interest, it would then fall to Beane and the opposing GM to make a deal. 

The Bills already on the roster met in Orchard Park for the first time on Monday to begin the offseason conditioning program. Richie Incognito was not present. Beane and McDermott had no interest in discussing his situation. 

“Let’s leave it as is,” Beane said. “I don’t think it’s the time.”

Zay Jones was among the Bills in the practice facility Monday. The team is being supportive after Zay’s arrest following a bizarre incident last month when he was seen on video fighting naked in the halls of a high rise Los Angeles apartment building. 

“We did have some communication with Zay and, at this point, we’re satisfied with where that is,” McDermott said. “People go thru situations. Like I said before, I was disappointed. We all agree we need to move forward.”

That’s something the Bills will do, in earnest, next Thursday when the draft begins. There just aren’t many people who currently know which direction forward Beane plans to go. 

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