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2023 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills trade up to select Utah's Dalton Kincaid, the best pass-catching tight end in the class

Las Vegas, NV, USA; Utah Utes tight end Dalton Kincaid (86) before playing against the Southern California Trojans in the PAC-12 Football Championship at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills make a small jump but land the premier pass-catching tight end in the draft.

Kincaid was the 10th overall player on the PFF big board, so this is a huge value pick. He was the focal point of the Utah offense and led all players at the position in PFF receiving grade last year.

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Strengths, weaknesses and NFL role

Where he wins: Natural receiving ability

Kincaid has all the uncoachable aspects of being a receiver in spades. Whether it's adjusting to balls, setting up defenders, or subtle movements after the catch, Kincaid has all of it.

What's his role? Move tight end

I know that “move” tight ends were a relative fad that has been phased out in recent years, but Kincaid has enough ability to make an impact if he were qualified as a receiver alone. That should be the bar for the “move” tight end designation.

What he can improve: Muscle mass

We don't have to harp on it too much, but it's worth noting that there were only three tight ends in the NFL last season listed at 240 pounds or below. It's not unheard of, but he's a relative outlier.

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