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BTS video of Bill’s GM Trading Up to Select CB in Round 1 goes viral

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The Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Kaiir Elam with their first-round pick of the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28. To snap the No. 23 Gators alum, Bill’s general manager Brandon Beane traded up, trading his No. 25 and 130th picks for the Baltimore Ravens.

No one knew how or when the Bills’ front office officially decided to trade for Elam, but on Sunday, May 1, the team’s Twitter account shared behind-the-scenes footage from draft day and offered an exclusive look at how the deal happened.

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The video begins two days before the draft begins in the Bills’ scouting room, where assistant director of player staff Terrance Gray discusses Elam’s versatility as a player with Brian Gaine, the Bills executive director of player staff, the latter noting that he is a “Program fit, schema fit and culture fit” is.

“Now we’ll wait and see what happens on draft day,” Gray notes, which leads us to Beane working on the computers with his staff on Thursday.

After seeing two of the top four cornerbacks get voted into the top four picks and the Kansas City Chiefs trade for 21st-ranked country corner Trunt McDufffie, Beane knew he had to make a move for Elam.

In the video, Beane says to Gray, “Okay, what’s that… Baltimore. Just find out,” while Gray says, “Okay,” and Gaine remarks, “Shouldn’t take much.” The trio discuss sending No. 25 and his fourth-round pick (No. 130) to Baltimore for promotion before Beane picks up his cell phone and calls “Eric” – Raven’s general manager Eric DeCosta – to seal the deal.

With things moving at a rapid pace, Jim Overdorf, Beane’s senior advisor, informs him they’re on the watch and they immediately call Elam, who was watching the draft from home, to let him know that Buffalo drafted it has in the first round.

Elam ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and recorded 78 total tackles, 26 pass breakups and six interceptions during his tenure at Gainesville.

On the other hand, the video of the moment Elam found out he was number 23 in the Bills also went viral. In a Zoom interview with media after his selection, Elam said called he had a feeling he might end up in a Bills jersey. “When I arrived in Buffalo and made my visit, I just felt something special,” Elam said.

“I feel like it was an environment where I could go and try to compete and learn as much as I could and make an impact right away. It’s just a sign of relief because I honestly strive to be the best. Tonight I wasn’t the first defensive player selected, but I think it’s fuel for the fire and will add another edge to my game.

Elam already sounds like he has the perfect attitude to be part of the Bills roster and Beane has no doubt.

“We really felt like he would be a good fit for our defense,” Beane said. “He has a certain versatility in the sense that he can play out, he can play press, he gives us a little bit of size, a little bit of length. He’s got speed when we’re in the press, that sort of thing. So, I think there will be (defensive coordinator) Leslie (Frazier) more options in what to do with him.

While Elam seemed to be having a great time the night after he was drafted, joining Bills quarterback Josh Allen, wide receiver Gabe Davis and tight end Dawson Knox at a Buffalo Sabers game, the cornerback is ready to get on with it to do the work.

“I think I’m prepared, but I also think I have to keep working,” Elam said. “You’re only as good as your last performance. I don’t believe in my past performance. I try to do my best and that’s something I’m still learning, to do my best every time I step into this field.”

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