The 2013 NFL Draft is just one month away, and this year's class is as muddled as ever. There's a bunch of deep talent to be had, but the top of the class isn't well defined, which puts the Oakland Raiders, holders of the third overall pick, in a bit of a bind.
SB Nation's Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn released their latest mock draft on Monday. In it, they have the Raiders selecting Florida DT Sharrif Floyd in the first round:
There are quite a few signs pointing to Sharrif Floyd being the best defensive tackle in the 2013 NFL Draft. He sits atop Mel Kiper's venerable big board. NFL Network's Greg Cosell prefers him over Star Lotulelei. He has garnered comparisons to Ndamukong Suh. While we may not rate Floyd quite as highly as others, he's still a talented, high-ceiling lineman. The Raiders have lost several key pieces up front and a player like Floyd could make players like Desmond Bryant and Richard Seymour a distant memory.
Even after their minor spending spree in free agency, the Raiders field one of the least talented defenses in football. They are in such a position that nearly anybody here would be an upgrade regardless of position.
Quarterback is one position that may get attention. Carson Palmer is expected to be released soon, and the team may be coveting West Virginia's Geno Smith.
As for the 49ers, Kadar has them taking Alabama DT Jesse Williams with the 31st pick:
After losing Isaac Sopoaga in free agency, the 49ers have a hole in the middle of their defense. Ian Williams is a solid player, but more of a backup. If they happen to keep this pick, San Francisco has its pick of nose tackles with Williams and John Jenkins of Georgia. While we've often considered a safety or defensive end for San Francisco, the value of Williams here is too good to pass up.
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