Mel Kiper mock draft: Jonathan Cooper, Ryan Nassib to Buffalo Bills

Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

How likely is it that the Bills would pass on the draft's best guard for the draft's second-best guard?

At least Todd McShay had the decency to apologize for projecting a guard to the Buffalo Bills in the first round of his latest 2013 NFL mock draft. Bills fans got no such courtesy from McShay's ESPN cohort, Mel Kiper, in the latter's latest mock draft.

What's even more amusing: Kiper does not project Alabama guard Chance Warmack to the Bills with the No. 8 overall pick. Instead, he has the Bills taking Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina, with Warmack going two picks later to Tennessee (you know, the team that just signed Andy Levitre to a mega-deal).

Writes Kiper: "The Bills actually have a good foundation on the offensive line. They should feel pretty good about four of their five starters up front. Unfortunately, they lost left guard Andy Levitre to the Titans in free agency, which could really hurt, particularly for a run game that should be strong... Given the situation at QB, the Bills should take advantage of the opportunity to fill the biggest void they have up front."

The idea of Buddy Nix taking a guard with a Top 10 pick is a stretch, at best. The idea of Buddy Nix taking the second-best guard with a Top 10 pick is difficult to fathom. There's obviously a ton to like about both of these highly-touted guard prospects, but if McShay's projection was unlikely, then Kiper's strays toward "aliens invade Earth, deplete resources, then stay to become Bills fans" territory. (Watch the Bills take Cooper now. Put money on it, even.)

Like McShay before him, Kiper has the Bills taking Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib in the second round. Which is, of course, much more logical. Still - this mock will probably be the one that ends my interest in the pre-draft process and makes me 100 percent antsy for the day to just get here. Silly season is upon us, Bills fans.

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