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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders, 49ers both projected to select defensive linemen

SB Nation's latest mock draft has the Raiders taking Sharrif Floyd, and the 49ers selecting Jesse Williams.


The NFL Draft is less than a month away and the top of the class is still muddled, but we are starting to get a little bit of clarity. The Oakland Raiders have completed a trade for Matt Flynn, securing their starting quarterback for the 2013 season. That likely takes Geno Smith out of the running for Oakland, though he's still a possibility if the Jaguars pass on him.

With that in mind, SB Nation's Dan Kadar hasn't made many changes in his latest mock draft. He still projects the Raiders to select Florida DT Sharrif Floyd in the first round:

The Raiders are heavy after Matt Flynn. Great. But if Smith isn't the pick for Jacksonville, the Raiders should take him. We've had Floyd as the pick for Oakland for quite some time. It finally released Tommy Kelly and has a need on the line. The choice, if Smith is not there, could be down to Floyd and Star Lotulelei.

As for the San Francisco 49ers, their situation hasn't changed much. Kadar still has them taking Alabama DT Jesse Williams with the 31st overall 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. He can play inside or outside.

Check out Mocking The Draft's complete scouting reports on Floyd and Williams.

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