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Posted: Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:12AM

NFL Mock Draft: Final Cut



(WGR 550) -- The 2013 NFL Draft is finally here. In what is sure to be one of the craziest first rounds in recent memory, the Buffalo Bills appear in the mix of one of the most intriguing teams on draft day.

What will they inevitably do with their first round pick? Will they trade it? Will they keep it? Will they take a quarterback?

The time of questions is almost over.

Here is my final mock draft, a one round projection with trades. Just like all the others, mock drafts should always be considered to be for entertainment purposes only. With that, here's the final mock:

Round 1

1)  - OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
- The Kansas City Chiefs go for high potential with Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel.

2)  - DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
- Speaking of potential, Ansah oozes it. David Caldwell goes for a home run here.

3)  (via OAK) - OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
- The Lions see Joeckel fall and jump all over it. They give up their second round pick to secure Joeckel as their blind-side protector of Matthew Stafford

Trade details:
Detroit gets: 3rd overall
Oakland gets: 5th overall, 36th overall


4)  - OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
- The most athletic offensive tackle in the top three goes to the most athletic offense in the NFL.

5)  (via DET) - LB Dion Jordan, Oregon
- The Raiders were terrible in getting pressure on the quarterback last season. Jordan can help that immediately.

6)  (via CLE) - OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
- They missed out on the top three, but the Chargers are so tackle hungry that they move ahead of Arizona to guarantee Fluker.

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


7)  - G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
- The Cardinals will likely go with best offensive lineman on their board. Here lands Cooper.

8)  (via BUF) - WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
- The hottest name in the draft, the Buffalo Bills capitalize on the interest in Tavon Austin to move down and acquire more draft selections. The Rams could really use a game-changing wide receiver.

Trade details:
St. Louis gets: 8th overall
Buffalo gets: 16th overall, 46th overall


9)   (via NYJ) - DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
- Wanting a big-time defensive lineman, the 49ers move up a long ways to secure what could be one of the most versatile 3-4 players in the draft.

Trade details:
San Francisco gets: 9th overall
New York Jets get: 31st overall, 34th overall, 74th overall


10)  (via TEN) - CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
- A very likely scenario today are a bunch of trades. Here is another, with the Falcons moving to secure the top cornerback in the draft.

Trade details:
Atlanta gets: 10th overall
Tennessee gets: 30th overall, 60th overall, 127th overall, 2014 first-round pick, 2014 fifth-round pick


11)  (via SD) - QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
- In the end, Geno might not have to wait too long. The Browns' new regime likely wants to move to the next man at quarterback. Brandon Weeden's age plays in to this, too.

12)  - CB D.J. Hayden, Houston
- A high-rising player with a ton of talent. The Dolphins need a cornerback and seem to be working on securing Branden Albert from the Chiefs.

13)  (via TB) - LB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
- The Jets pick up more selections in moving down from ninth overall and still manage to get a player they covet.

14)  - DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
- Best player available here just so happens to be at a position of need.

15)  - DE/OLB Tank Carradine, Florida State
- Carradine's progress from his knee injury is remarkable, and the Saints are hoping for a big-time pass rusher in their new 3-4.

16)  - QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State
- I've had both Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib going to the Bills, and while both of those players are among the trio that could be picked, there's just something about this E.J. Manuel story that isn't going away. I've been hearing all three players are in the mix. Looking at Buddy Nix's track record, they take prototypical players early. Manuel is the new prototypical quarterback in the NFL, possessing the size and speed teams covet. Is he a polished passer? No. But if the Bills take him, I'm betting they believe they can get way more out of him than Jimbo Fisher did at Florida State. They better be right, because this would be a huge, huge pick in the history of the franchise. I still hold to the fact that it's a three-horse race, but all in all I believe it will be a quarterback selected in the first round.

17)  - TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
- The Steelers get their potential replacement for Heath Miller.

18)  - DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
- Every year there are a couple of players that drop even though they might be good players, and this time around it's Floyd for me.

19)  - G Chance Warmack, Alabama
- The Giants stand pat and get one of the guards that were thought to be highly coveted.

20)  - LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
- The Bears attempt to replace Brian Urlacher with Te'o, who has flown under the radar over the past two months somehow.

21)  - S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
- The Bengals are ecstatic that Vaccaro is still available. They rush up to the table.

22)  (via WAS) - LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
- The Rams are said to love Ogletree, and I believe it. He's a good fit for them.

23)  - DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
- The Vikings would like to get beefier up the middle of the defense and Williams represents that.

24)  - CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
- The Colts want a corner experienced with press and Rhodes has the size teams covet at the position.

25)  (via SEA, through MIN) - OT Menelik Watson, Florida State
- Needing an offensive tackle, the Ravens (armed with a ton of picks) moves up a little ways to land the promising Menelik Watson.

Trade details:
Baltimore gets: 25th overall
Minnesota gets: 32nd overall, 94th overall


26)  - OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
- The Packers could use another pass rusher opposite Clay Matthews and Jones' value is too good to pass here.

27)  - WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
- Hunter has the potential to be a top wide receiver. He could learn from one of the best in Andre Johnson.

28)  - CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
- Champ Bailey won't be there forever. Taylor is one of the most talented and confident corners available.

29)  - DE Datone Jones, UCLA
- The Patriots go with a versatile defensive lineman that can help immediately.
30)  (via ATL) - CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State
- Surprise! Super athletic and raw cornerback with massive potential goes ahead of his much more thought of teammate.

31)  (via SF) - QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
- The Jets take Nassib, sitting a couple slots ahead of Jacksonville.

32)  (via BAL) - WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
- Trading down and picking up a selection, the Vikings take a player that could become a great player in the NFL if he works at it. They'll have to hope he takes to Greg Jennings quite well.

All photos courtesy of AP
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