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Buffalo Bills NFL Draft 2023: GM Brandon Beane trades back twice, gains two extra 2024 sixth-rounders

Beane is just playing chess, not checkers

2022 NFL Draft - Rounds 2-3 Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills traded pick 205 in Round 6 of the 2023 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for pick 230 in Round 7 (2023), and a sixth-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

General manager Brandon Beane continues trading back and or out of the later rounds of this year’s draft, in favor of adding picks in Round 7 and late in next year’s draft.

The Bills helped establish a new common era NFL Draft record of 41 draft-day trades whey made the deal with the Texans in Round 6.

Only 30 minutes later when the Bills were up again in the sixth round, general manager Brandon Beane traded back AGAIN, giving up the 215th overall pick (Round 6) to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for the 252th overall pick (Round 7) and a 2024 sixth-round pick.

With Beane showing aggression in the first round to acquire tight end Dalton Kincaid, he lost a fourth-round pick in the process, so the back-to-back trade backs and accumulation of picks next year make a ton of sense here. Despite Day 3 feeling quite active for the Bills, they’ve made just one pick so far today after selecting Florida wide receiver Justin Shorter with the 150th overall pick in the fifth round.

During his press conference following Round 1 of the draft, the topics of draft value and the status of the team’s picks were brought up:

Reporter: “You mentioned that you didn’t have a lot of first-round grades on players. Moving ahead, going to the second round looking at that — where’s the range there of guys that you have second-round grades on, is it much bigger?”

Beane: “It’s more, so I think there’ll be a decent chance where we’re at at 59 you know to get someone late two or top of three. Probably — hopefully late two.”

Reporter: “Would there be potential to maybe get some draft capital back?”

Beane: “Yeah, you know I did that last year there. You know we moved back a couple times and got some six(es). I know one of those we got Benford with. So yeah, we’ll see what’s on the board tomorrow and follow it. Excited we at least got two picks. Yeah, I mean, I’d — I didn’t want to lose, I didn’t want to have to give up a pick but, umm... I would’ve been more disappointed with him that close to not be able to get him.”

Reporter: “Tough giving up that fourth-round pick but let’s go back to you know guys that you said that didn’t have too much of a first-round grade. Did Jack Campbell have a first-round grade?”

Beane: “I’m not gonna, I’m not gonna give you that. Yeah...”

Does Beane have something up his sleeve? Well, considering how Day 3 has gone today, he’ll likely make you wait an additional thirty minutes to see who the Bills take just for him to trade back again. Keep it locked here with Buffalo Rumblings for all your Buffalo Bills news surrounding the 2023 NFL Draft and more!