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NFL Mock Draft: Raiders, Niners target d-line

Both the Raiders and 49ers are expected to target Defensive linemen in the first round of April's draft.

In their most recent mock draft, three of four experts at CBS Sports believe the Oakland Raiders will select Florida Defensive Tackle Sharrif Floyd. Only Dane Brugler has the Raiders leaving Floyd on the board, predicting Oakland will select West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

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The 6'3, 297-lb. Floyd has vaulted up draft boards in recent weeks, firmly entrenching himself as the 2013 Draft's top defensive tackle. Floyd, who was named the Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year, played 3-4 defensive end at Florida and recorded 26 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in two years as a starter. He projects as a defensive tackle in the NFL, in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.

The board is far more of a crapshoot for the San Francisco 49ers, selecting 31st in the draft. Three of four CBS Sports experts have the Niners selecting a defensive linemen, though debate rages over who that lineman might be. SMU defensive end Margus Hunt, Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams, and North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams are all mentioned. The two defensive ends, each in excess of 310 pounds, project as nose tackles in San Francisco's 3-4 scheme. Hunt, a 277-lb. pass rusher who ran a 4.6 40 yard dash at the Combine, would not be a traditional 3-4 defensive end fit but could thrive in Vic Fangio's system.

CBS Sports' fourth draft expert, Pete Prisco, has the 49ers selecting Mississippi State cornerback Jonathan Banks.

The NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 25.

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