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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders need defense, 49ers looking for depth

The Raiders are looking for immediate contributors in the draft, while San Francisco just wants to add to an already excellent roster.


The Raiders and 49ers will be drafting at opposite ends of the 2013 NFL Draft, as Oakland looks to be in the top five and San Francisco in the bottom five. CBS projects the Raiders to be looking strictly for defense by selecting either linebacker Jarvis Jones or defensive end Bjoern Werner. The 49ers are expected to add depth to their lines with either defensive end Dion Jordan or offensive guard Jonathan Cooper.

Oakland is among the worst defensive teams in the NFL, so adding to that side of the ball with a high draft pick makes sense. Jones has been a stud at Georgia as primarily an attacking linebacker, amassing 12.5 sacks as part of 22.5 total tackles for loss during his junior year. Werner also put up some big sack numbers at Florida State, tallying 13 in 2012.

San Francisco already has solid play along the offensive and defensive lines, but that is a priority for head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Niners are expected to continue to add to their depth. Jordan has been an athletic rush end for Oregon whose numbers are made less impressive by the team consistently playing over 20 players on defense per game. Cooper was part of a North Carolina offensive line that allowed just 11 sacks all year.

A lot will change between now and April's draft, but Oakland's and San Francisco's wants and desires will likely remain the same. The names may be the only things that shuffle around.