2013 NFL draft news: Arthur Brown visits Bears; Geno Smith, Kenny Vaccaro make the rounds


Many of the top players entering the 2013 NFL Draft made visits with teams around the NFL on Wednesday, including LB Arthur Brown, QB Geno Smith and S Kenny Vaccaro.

With the free agency period slowly coming to its end, the next big event in the NFL offseason is the 2013 NFL Draft. There's still a couple bigger names still without teams for 2013 and it's likely those signings will trickle in over the rest of the offseason, but all of the rush has now passed.

The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock, with a better idea of how things are looking now that they've had the opportunity to bring in some free agents. The thing is, there's no clear-cut No. 1 pick at this point, so there's plenty of speculation going around. Below, we'll look at all of the NFL Draft-related news from Wednesday.

Bears to visit with Brown

The Chicago Bears, who hold the No. 20 pick in the first round of the draft, are meeting with Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown in one of their official pre-draft visits. The Bears are preparing for life without linebacker Brian Urlacher, and stand a chance to get his replacement early on in the draft. Brown's stock is on the rise and it seems he would be a good fit to replace Urlacher. He should be around at No. 20, which is actually where most feel he should go.

List of 19 draft-hopefuls confirmed for Radio City Music Hall

Each year, the green room is filled with players who stand a chance at getting taken early in the NFL Draft. On Wednesday, the names for this years class were revealed, including players like Luke Joeckel, Geno Smith, Bjoern Werner and E.J. Manuel.

Smith, Vaccaro make Wednesday visits

Top safety Kenny Vaccaro made a visit to the Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday, while top quarterback Geno Smith visited the Philadelphia Eagles. There were plenty of other players making visits covered in that post, including Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti and Ohio State right tackle Reid Fragel.

Three, plus OT class "trending upward"

Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation posted a list of some players whose stocks are on the rise at this point in the draft process. Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei is the most notable name on the list, after his health concerns were cleared and he continues to impress teams in workouts. Then, the entire offensive tackle class is listed as trending upward, or rather, many of the top players such as Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson are doing so.

Kiper talks Te'o, Mathieu and more

Mel Kiper, love him or hate him, always makes the headlines when he doles out his opinions. On Wednesday, he spoke about the stock of several players. Notable nuggets include the fact that he thinks Manti Te'o will still go at a solid place in the first round, to the Chicago Bears at No. 20. He also thinks Alec Ogletree could go in the first round, to the Baltimore Ravens. There's plenty of more, including opinions on Tavon Austin, Lane Johnson and Tyrann Mathieu.

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