(WGR 550) -- The calendar continues to fade away, and the 2013 NFL Draft is now only two weeks from Thursday. Rumors continue to fly about what teams might be interested in certain players, who might be moving up and down draft borads and everything in between.
It's prudent to approach all of these with a grain of salt -- but there's no denying the fun this time of year brings out. The NFL Draft serves as a day where every team thinks their team just got a whole lot better.
In the fourth version of my mock draft, I have taken it through an entire two rounds, and then up to the Bills' selection in the third round. It's a look at what positions and types of players Buffalo could be interested in drafting.
I write this every single time, but it is very important to remember that mock drafts should always be viewed as being for entertainment purposes only. One pick or trade could change the course of the rest of the draft. With that said, here's a way it could shake out:
1) - OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
- It seems to be a toss-up at this point between Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher. Most have the Chiefs going for Joeckel, due to his big conference background. Fisher might be the one with the most upside.
2) (via JAX) - OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
- With Fisher off the board, Detroit makes a move to replace a critical position to their success. Jeff Backus retired, leaving a huge hole at left tackle. If they want to have any success, Matthew Stafford needs to stay upright.
3) (via OAK) - OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
- There are two things that are evident in this off-season: 1) The Miami Dolphins are going for it, this year. 2) Few teams have as much to work with to trade up in the draft as the Dolphins. With Jake Long leaving in free agency, the Dolphins bolt up to trade with the Raiders and get a left tackle. Oakland, who doesn't have a second-round selection, gets additional picks.
4) - QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
- Missing out on the offensive tackles, the Eagles could go with either Geno Smith or Sharrif Floyd here. Smith might be the best fit for Chip Kelly's offense and can even sit a year with Michael Vick still there.
5) (via DET) - DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
- GM David Caldwell is aiming to re-shape his roster, so getting that extra pick in this year's draft helps exponentially. It won't be a pretty year for the Jaguars, but they will get younger and more talented -- specifically on defense.
6) (via CLE) - OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
- Sensing pressure to pounce on their guy, the Cowboys may have to move up to get Jonathan Cooper. Cleveland, void of a second-round pick, would likely be a willing participant to the trade down. There's always a draft-day surprise, and this would qualify.
7) - OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
- The Cardinals just sit and wait for there turn to come around, landing a smash-mouth guard that fits perfectly with their offensive line. They still need an offensive tackle, but Warmack is a perfect fit.
8) (via BUF) - WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
- The Bills will be very eager to explore opportunities to trade down, and they could definitively use the angle that New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is aiming to add offensive playmakers. Perhaps the most explosive player available, the undersized yet sturdy Tavon Austin could be a hot commodity. The Rams have the ammo to move up, and keep their second first-round pick in tact. The Bills motivation? Simple. Get another pick and draft value.
St. Louis gets: 8th overall
Buffalo gets: 16th overall, 46th overall
9) - LB Dion Jordan, Oregon
- With the extra pick in just a few selections, the Jets can breathe easy and help the defense get after the quarterback. Tavon Austin being off the board also helps this selection along.
10) - CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
- This would be a no-brainer pick for the Titans if Milliner makes it this far.
11) - OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
- Desperate for someone at the position, the Chargers select the big road-grading player from Alabama to assume the right side of the line.
12) (via MIA) - DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
- The Raiders move down, get extra picks and take a player that can help a pass rush in significant need of a shot in the arm.
13) (via TB) - TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
- The Jets still have Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and a developing Stephen Hill on their team at receiver. Instead of opting for Corrdarrelle Patterson, which was a consideration, they could clearly use a big-time tight end to replace Dustin Keller. Eifert is the best on the board, and could contribute right away to a team that will need a solid tight end to help what will likely be a below-average quarterback.
Tampa Bay gets: CB Darrelle Revis
New York Jets get: 13th overall, 2014 second-round pick
14) - DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
15) - S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
16) (via STL) - WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
- The Bills are going to need someone to come in and help right away at the wide receiver position. While it is interesting that the Bills have had two slot receivers in for a visit so far at team facilities, Buffalo needs a dramatic upgrade on the outside. The book is still out on T.J. Graham, but adding a talented player like Hopkins who can start from Day 1 will help whatever quarterback they have by leaps and bounds. He's not the tallest, nor the fastest, but Hopkins is a tremendous route runner with great hands.
17) - OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
18) (via DAL) - CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
- The Browns need a cornerback experienced in man coverage to pair with Joe Haden, and that's an area of strength for the physical Rhodes.
19) - DE Tank Carradine, Florida State
- To counter the loss of Osi Umenyiora, the Giants grab a defensive end with a high ceiling to add to the rotation.
20) (via CHI) - WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
- The Texans need a complementary receiver for Andre Johnson, and one that can take over when he's through in the league. Patterson has the potential to be a great wideout, but isn't exactly polished at this point in time. When he gets in to the open field, though, look out.
22) (via WAS) - S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
23) - CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
- Missing out on the top three wide receivers, the Vikings take the next best cornerback ahead of the Colts who also need someone at that position.
24) - CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
- Taylor could end up being the best cornerback in the draft. Extremely physical, aggressive and confident.
25) (via SEA) - DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
26) - OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
- The fall for Jones stops here. The Packers are in need of another rush outside linebacker to pair with Clay Matthews. Jones has the experience in the scheme to help right away.
27) (via HOU) - LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
28) - DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
29) - WR Robert Woods, USC
30) - CB D.J. Hayden, Houston
- One of the biggest weaknesses on the Falcons roster is at cornerback position. The team didn't re-sign Brent Grimes and released Dunta Robinson. Hayden fits their zone scheme quite well.
31) - DE Margus Hunt, SMU
32) - WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
33) - QB Matt Barkley, USC
- With the extra second-round pick, the Jaguars can afford to take a swing on one of the quarterbacks this year.
34) (via KC, through SF) - QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
- Not wanting to take any chances on waiting for their guy, the Bills move up to secure Nassib's services. The Jets would likely be tempted if he were on the board at 39. Nassib would feel right at home with head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The bigger question is this: will he get better playing in the same system, or has he reached his potential in playing for that offense? Questions on his vertical arm strength will continue until he proves otherwise.
Buffalo gets: 34th overall
San Francisco gets: 41st overall, 2014 third-round pick
35) - DE Datone Jones, UCLA
36) (via DET) - OT Menelik Watson, Florida State
37) (via OAK) - HB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
38) - OT Kyle Long, Oregon
- The re-working of the offensive line continues, this time they find their offensive tackle.
(Used in 2012 Supplemental Draft on WR Josh Gordon)
39) - CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
40) - OG Justin Pugh, Syracuse
- Missing out on the guards in the first round, the Titans pull the trigger on Pugh to fit in at right guard.
41) (via BUF) - NT Johnathan Jenkins, Georgia
42) (via MIA) - QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State
- Given the opportunity to have a second round pick, the Raiders select E.J. Manuel and hope his potential comes through.
43) - TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
44) - OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
45) - OG Larry Warford, Kentucky
46) (via STL) - LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State
- The Bills could go a number of different directions here. They could select a guard, a tight end, a cornerback or a pass rusher. However, the ability to get better at inside linebacker will be something the Bills should covet. Arthur Brown could step in right away and help the team at middle linebacker, transitioning Kelvin Sheppard in to more of a depth role. Brown is undersized, but a very good athlete with great instincts for the position. His brother is Bryce Brown, who took the NFL by storm late last year when LeSean McCoy was injured.
47) (via DAL) - LB Kevin Minter, LSU
48) - LB Sio Moore, Connecticut
- Moore can play just about anywhere at linebacker in a 3-4 defense. The Steelers will love that versatility.
49) - DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
50) - DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
51) - S D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
52) - WR Keenan Allen, Cal
- He drops down a bit due to his current injury, but he's still a solid player that can do well in the NFL.
53) - S Matt Elam, Florida
54) (via IND) - CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
55) - HB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
56) - TE Jordan Reed, Florida
57) - QB Mike Glennon, NC State
- An insurance policy for Matt Schaub, Glennon can sit and learn the offense without heavy expectations on him right away. That is, until Schaub falters and the fans start screaming for the rookie.
58) - DT Kawann Short, Purdue
59) - DT Jesse Williams, Alabama
60) - TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati
- Kelce can come in and learn from Tony Gonzalez in his final year, then take over the job in 2014.
61) - HB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
62) - LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
63) - WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
64) - CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
65) - DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
- Moore's plummeting stock stops in the third round with the Lions who are in need of a pass rusher.
66) - DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State
67) - ILB Kiko Alonso, Oregon
68) - QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
- Jerry Jones : Arkansas :: Jimmy Haslam : Tennessee
69) - LB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi
70) - DE Alex Okafor, Texas
71) - TE Vance McDonald, Rice
- The Bills struck out when they tried to rope in Fred Davis through free agency. With Scott Chandler being such an uncertainty, a higher pick of a tight end may be warranted. Vance McDonald is extremely athletic, but leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to blocking. At 6-foot-4 and 267-pounds, McDonald blew away the combine when he ran a 4.69 40-yard dash. McDonald is very good with yards after the catch, but injuries are a concern with him. Past the third round (if the draft were to play out like this), I'd expect the Bills to target three of the following: a cornerback, a slot receiver, a safety, a guard or a pass rusher.