Rick Bowmer / Associated Press file
Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 8:21 p.m.
The first of several locals expected to go in this year’s NFL Draft went off the board with the No. 25 overall pick to the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo traded up to select Faith Lutheran graduate Dalton Kincaid, a tight end, a pick before the Dallas Cowboys, whom were also rumored to be eyeing the same position. Kincaid, who played collegiately at Utah, wound up the first tight end off the board — beating out Georgia by way of Desert Pines High star Darnell Washington.
Unlike Washington, Kincaid wasn’t considered an NFL prospect during his prep days locally. Kincaid was primarily a basketball player and only lettered in football during his final year of high school.
A late-season breakout turned into a walk-on invitation to the University of San Diego before he later transferred to Utah. That’s where the 6-foot-4, 246-pound tight end started to get onto NFL teams’ radars.
In three seasons with the Utes, Kincaid racked up a total of 70 receptions for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was part of Pac-12 championship teams in each of the last two seasons.
His next stop will be with one of the best teams in the NFL where he’ll be expected to contribute immediately to a passing game built around quarterback Josh Allen. The broadcast of the NFL Draft showed live coverage of Kincaid’s draft party that it listed as taking place in Henderson.
It might not be the last local live look-in of the weekend with players like Washington and a trio of former stars Bishop Gorman in quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, wide receiver Cedric Tillman and cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly also expected to be chosen over the final two days of the draft.