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Posted: Sunday, 21 April 2013 4:03PM

NFL Mock Draft #6



(WGR 550) -- Welcome to the start of draft week! In what is sure to be a fun six-day stretch, the Buffalo Bills and the rest of the NFL get ready to head in to the 2013 annual selection meeting.

The rumors and attempts at smokescreens are flying around at a rather torrid pace. What can you believe? It's hard to tell at this point in the year, because so many teams are trying to get their counterparts to become nervous that they won't end up getting the player that they covet.

The Bills appear to be zeroing in on a position in particular, and it also seems as though they'll have a new face of the franchise sooner rather than later. How will it go over if the Bills do take a quarterback at eight? That's another discussion for another day. If you've read this far and haven't scrolled down, I'm really proud of you. It's really a shame that people just stopped reading because they couldn't wait an extra ten seconds. But that doesn't describe you. Virtual high five. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the mock draft.

Once again, it is prudent to note that mock drafts are, and always will be, for entertainment purposes only. There are too many variables to consider these as gospel. They're fun to read, and fun to write. On and on the process goes.

Who do I have mocked to the Bills in this four round mock draft of fury? Find out below!

Round 1

1)  - OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
- After having this as Eric Fisher for the past couple of mock drafts, it seems as though the Chiefs are pointing towards Joeckel.

2)  - LB Dion Jordan, Oregon
Jordan or Fisher? Fisher or Jordan? It seems to be that's what this pick is boiling down to. Their GM David Caldwell is a very savvy guy that has learned from the best in the business, and ultimately I think he was trying to push the "Fisher to the Jaguars" boat forward to try and get a team to trade up. The reality is they need all the help in the world on defense. I don't think they can pass on someone that can immediately improve their pass rush, for a right tackle in 2013.

3)  (via OAK) - OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
- The Branden Albert discussions with Kansas City are very public, which may mean Miami is trying to gain leverage with Oakland in a potential trade. Oakland wants out of the third overall pick badly, so they may have to settle for less than what the draft value chart indicates is a fair deal. The Dolphins move up, secure a left tackle and keep a second and third round pick in tact.

Trade details:
Miami gets: 3rd overall
Oakland gets: 12th overall, 42nd overall, 82nd overall, 2014 fourth-round pick


4)  - DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
- Missing out on the top two tackles, the Eagles go for the best defensive player on their board. Lotulelei provides a lot of versatility along the new-look 3-4 defensive line.

5)  - DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
- It's a potential high-risk pick, but Ansah's skills could be a match made in heaven for the Lions who are in search for a pass rusher after the departure of Cliff Avril. I think they'll be in the market to potentially move down, but Ansah might be too good to pass up in their minds.

6)  (via CLE) - OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
- Desparation meets desparation in this trade. The Chargers need a left tackle to help Philip Rivers, and the Cleveland Browns need a second round pick. Win-win.

Trade details:
San Diego gets: 6th overall, 139th overall
Cleveland: 11th overall, 45th overall


7)  - G Chance Warmack, Alabama
- This comes down to Warmack versus Fluker in my mind. With Warmack being the better prospect by many indications, I think he's the likelier pick.

8)  - QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
- This is the first time I've mocked Nassib at eighth overall, and it may not be the last. As I've been saying over the past week, it's becoming more and more apparent that the Bills will select a quarterback at eighth overall. It comes down to Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib. Who do they like more? That truly is the question that I don't have the answer to yet. Most national reporters caught wind on Sunday that the Bills are zeroing in taking a quarterback at eight, with Nassib being the guy in their opinion. While it certainly is a distinct possibility, it's not an open-and-shut case. Barkley definitely still plays in to the equation. But since my mock drafts are more of the type to analyze different scenarios that could happen on draft day, I figured it'd be prudent to put Nassib here at least once. A trade down and still having their pick of the litter is something that would be the ideal of the Bills, but the Jets having two first round picks may scare them out of that line of thinking now.

9)  (via NYJ) - CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
- Yet another humongous move up for the Atlanta Falcons, but they're hurting for cornerbacks in the NFC South that boasts many solid wide receivers. The Jets, who are pretty much starting over at this point, acquire a lot more picks and still have a selection within the next four.

Trade details:
Atlanta gets: 9th overall
New York Jets get: 30th overall, 60th overall, 127th overall, 2014 first-round pick


10)  (via TEN) - DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
- The Cowboys trade up to grab a player that has immense potential at a position of need. Losing out on Milliner, the Titans elect to trade down and pick up another selection.

Trade details:
Dallas gets: 10th overall
Tennessee gets: 18th overall, 47th overall


11)  (via SD) - QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
- Would the Browns really do what used to be a huge no-no in the NFL and draft a quarterback in the first round two straight years? The rookie wage scale, new ownership, new front office, new coaching staff and a 29-year old rookie make it possible.

12)  (via MIA, through OAK) - WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
- The Vikings don't want to risk losing out on Austin to the Jets, Rams or whoever else had ideas on trading up. The Raiders acquire more picks to add young players to a roster that desperately needs an overhaul.

Trade details:
Minnesota gets: 12th overall
Oakland gets: 23rd overall, 52nd overall


13)  (via TB) - LB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
- You could see this pick coming from a mile away. The Jets need help everywhere now, and Rex Ryan reportedly fancies himself a Barkevious fan.

14)  (via CAR) - DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
- What backs off Carolina from just standing pat and taking Floyd here? The idea of having three picks within the top 44, that's what. To the 49ers, Floyd represents a potential player to groom for the departure of Justin Smith.

Trade details:
San Francisco gets: 14th overall
Carolina gets: 31st overall, 34th overall


15)  - DE/OLB Tank Carradine, Florida State
- Showing that his knee tested out well, Carradine looks to be a lock for the top 20. The Saints still need talent at getting after the passer from the edges, and Carradine could be just what the doctor ordered for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.


16)  - WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
- If it's an elaborate smokescreen, kudos to the Rams staff. However, meeting with a guy two times in a span of four days shows some pretty clear interest. After missing out on Austin, the Rams go for Hopkins.

17)  - OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
- Good fit for both sides. Nothing more to see here.

18)  (via DAL) - G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
- The Titans complete their offensive line with someone they considered taking at 10th overall anyway. Now, they get an extra second-round pick out of the deal.

19)  - OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
- The Giants get a big masher to put on the right side for what they hope will be a long time to come.

20)  (via CHI) - LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
- Not knowing what the Bengals will do, the Rams sneak up a couple of picks to secure a player they covet.

Trade details:
St. Louis gets: 20th overall
Chicago gets: 22nd overall, 113th overall


21)  - S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

22)  (via WAS, through STL) - DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

23)  (via MIN) - QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State
- With the pair of trade backs, the Raiders now own six of the next 78 picks which offers them flexibility. They take Manuel and look to fill their defensive needs as to who is available in the second and third rounds.

24)  - CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

25)  (via SEA) - LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

26)  (via GB) - QB Matt Barkley, USC
- Just in case the Houston Texans get any ideas, the Jaguars move up and secure a quarterback by relinquishing a future pick.

Trade details:
Jacksonville gets: 26th overall
Green Bay gets: 33rd overall, 2014 third-round pick


27)  - OT Menelik Watson, Florida State

28)  - DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State

29)  - DE Datone Jones, UCLA

30) (via ATL) - TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
- The Jets move down and pick up a big time playmaker for their offense.

31)  (via SF) - OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

32)  - S Johnathan Cyprien, Florida International

Round 2

33)  (via JAX) - DE/OLB Margus Hunt, SMU

34)  (via KC, through SF) - WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
- The Panthers have four major needs to address throughout the draft: offensive tackle (which they did with Armstead), wide receiver, safety and defensive tackle. Patterson has local ties and could become a big weapon in the Cam Newton offensive attack.

35)  - OT Kyle Long, Oregon

36)  - CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
- This is the first time I've had Taylor dropping out of the first round in a while, but cornerbacks are being pushed down this year. I still think he's a first-round talent and could end up being the best player at the position of this draft class.

37)  (via OAK) - CB D.J. Hayden, Houston

38)  - S Eric Reid, LSU

 (Used in 2012 Supplemental Draft on WR Josh Gordon)

39)  - WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
- So now Mark Sanchez has Tyler Eifert and Justin Hunter to play with. The Jets will be going all in on rookies on offense this year, and that trend should only continue

40)  - CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

41)  - TE Vance McDonald, Rice
- Thinking of the potential mismatches a player like McDonald can create, the Bills select the combine standout and hope he can become the next gameplan altering tight end in the NFL. If you're looking for a physical freak, McDonald is just that. For comparison's sake, here is McDonald's stature and athleticism compared to another tight end that Bills fans are still very sore about passing on in 2010.

  Vance McDonald Rob Gronkowski
Height 6'41/8" 6'61/4"
Weight 267 258
Arms 343/8" 341/4"
Hands 101/8" 103/4"
40-yard Dash 4.69 4.65
Vertical
Jump
33.5" 32"
Broad Jump 9'11" 9'11"
Bench Press 31 23
3-cone
Drill
7.08 7.18
20-yard
Shuttle
4.53 4.47

As you can see, both are athletically gifted. Whether or not McDonald can have a similar impact in the NFL remains to be seen, but teams are very high on him. The Bills even had him in for an official visit, which usually indicates a bit of interest. If Hunter is off the board, McDonald could be a real option at 41.

42)  (via MIA) - DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

43)  - TE Zach Ertz, Stanford

44)  - DT Jesse Williams, Alabama

 (forfeited)

45)  (via SD) - CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

46)  - G Justin Pugh, Syracuse
- The wait ends for Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett's former left tackle. He'll step in and be a starting guard for the Rams if he ends up there.

47)  (via DAL) - DT Kawann Short, Purdue

48)  - HB Jonathan Franklin, UCLA

49)  - LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State

50)  - LB Kevin Minter, LSU

51)  - S D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

52)  (via MIN) - DT Johnathan Jenkins, Georgia
- The overhaul continues for Oakland, who pick their second straight defensive lineman.

53)  - HB Giovanni Bernard, North Carolina

54)  (via IND) - CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut

55)  - C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

56)  - WR Robert Woods, USC

57)  - QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
- A bit of a surprise here, but Jones might better fit the Texans offense than a Mike Glennon or Tyler Bray. I considered Glennon here as well.

58)  - HB Christine Michael, Texas A&M

59)  - WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
- I think Wheaton could be a star with Tom Brady. Great quickness and bounce off the line of scrimmage.

60)  (via ATL) - HB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
- The offensive overhaul continues for Rex Ryan and the Jets.

61)  - S Matt Elam, Florida

62)  - WR Keenan Allen, Cal

Round 3

63)  - WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

64)  - DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State

65)  - OT David Bakhtiari, Colorado

66)  - LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon

67)  - QB Matt Scott, Arizona
- The Philadelphia Eagles don't reach and they don't trade up knowing they have a fallback plan in Matt Scott. This pick makes a lot of sense for both sides.

68)  - LB Sio Moore, Connecticut

69)  - QB Mike Glennon, NC State
- Perhaps a round later than expected, but this is where the natural talent of players starts to trump all the other questions on players. For Glennon, it's weight concerns, pocket awareness and the ability to lead. This seems like the right round to take a swing on that type of player. 

70)  - DE Alex Okafor, Texas
71)  - CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State
- If you just read the blurb about Mike Glennon to the Cardinals, then this pick will certainly make sense. Darius Slay has very natural talent, experience in press-man coverage and possesses the kind of size (5-foot-11, 192-pounds) and speed (4.36 40-yard dash) that teams covet. However, Slay started only one year for Mississippi State after transferring from Itawamba Community College. He may not be ready to contribute as a starter immediately, but he can certainly develop in to a good one. It's worth the risk here. Who knows, he may even win the job outright from Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks.

72)  (via NYJ) - TE Jordan Reed, Florida

73)  - QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
- The Buccaneers are going for it this year, but they need to set themselves up for life after Josh Freeman. Bray could use a disciplinarian like Greg Schiano and sit and learn for a season.

74)  (via CAR) - HB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

75)  - S Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

76)  - CB Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana

77)  - TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State

78)  - S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

79)  - WR Josh Boyce, TCU

80)  - G Larry Warford, Kentucky

81)  - CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers

82)  (via CHI, through MIA) - OT Xavier Nixon, Florida

83)  - DT Akeem Spence, Illinois

84)  - WR Terrance Williams, Baylor

85)  - CB/S David Amerson, NC State

86)  - DE/OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

87)  - G David Quessenberry, San Jose State

88)  - HB Montee Ball, Wisconsin

89)  - WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

90)  - CB Will Davis, Utah State

91)  - WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall

92)  - DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn

93)  - WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

94)  - LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

95)  - LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina

96)  - G Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

97)  - TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

Round 4

98)  - CB B.W. Webb, William & Mary

99)  - QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
- Wilson finds a home in Kansas City, because there is still hope for his future yet. No matter if they brought in both Alex Smith and Chase Daniel, this is best player available at this point.

100)  - DT Bennie Logan, LSU

101)  - WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

102)  (via DET) - G Brian Winters, Kent State

103)  - DE/OLB Ty Powell, Harding

104)  - G/C Brian Schwenke, Cal

105)  - WR Chris Harper, Kansas State
- The Bills elect to take a receiver, and one that could be exactly what they're looking for. Undervalued due to the quarterback play at Kansas State, Chris Harper is a physical receiver that can go up and make a contested catch. He won't wow you with his speed, but he's got enough ability to play on the outside in an offense. Standing 6-foot-1 and 229-pounds, the bigger receiver managed to run a 4.55 40-yard dash.

106)  - QB Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
- Wanted to go one more pick, because this completes the top 10 quarterbacks. The Jets have been linked to Dysert and hope he can compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting job. If not? They've got what looks to be a solid backup.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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