West Virginia’s Geno Smith has separated himself from the rest of the quarterbacks in the 2013 class, at least according to the analysts in mock draft land.

The Buffalo Bills’ need for a franchise quarterback was apparent even before the team released Ryan Fitzpatrick, but by doing so, the probability of a rookie starting the 2013 season increased. The question for the Bills is whether Smith will be on the board when they go on the clock with the eighth overall pick. The thinking here is that with one team ahead of them with a desperate need at quarterback (Arizona at No. 7) and another four teams who could have a need (Jacksonville at 2, Oakland at 3, Philadelphia at 4 and Cleveland at 6), the Bills won’t be able to wait for Smith to drop to them. They could make a trade to move up a few spots to make sure they get him, but with only six picks in this draft, they don’t seem to have the ammunition to swing such a deal.

The Bills are clearly a team in rebuilding mode, so they should be looking at adding picks – not trading them away. That’s especially true of their 2014 first-rounder, in what’s expected to be a quarterback-rich class. The team needs to value that pick above all else.

With the combine complete, pro days in full swing, and free agency having changed the needs of some teams, here’s The News’ second stab at how the first round will play out April 25 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

1. Kansas City Chiefs. Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. By trading a high second-round pick to San Francisco for Alex Smith, new GM John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid believe they’ve found a quarterback who can get them through at least the next few seasons. Now they need to protect him. Pick in last mock: same.