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2013 NFL mock draft: Jesse Williams to San Francisco 49ers

The Super Bowl runners-up are re-tooling their defensive line this off-season.

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The San Francisco 49ers have gone 27-9-1 (including the post-season) in two seasons under head coach Jim Harbaugh thanks predominantly to one of the NFL's best defenses. That unit has undergone a bit of transition this off-season, however - particularly along the defensive line, where two free agents have left for other opportunities and Glenn Dorsey was signed as a potential replacement. More reinforcements may be needed up front, too.

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
31. San Francisco 49ers Jesse Williams, Alabama DT 6'3" 323 SR

David Fucillo: "The San Francisco 49ers have one of the top defenses in the league, but the close of the season and the playoffs showed a team lacking in depth. Although the departure of Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois means Williams would get a crack at the starting nose tackle job, he would likely work along the entire line, rotating with Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey at nose tackle, but also getting some time at defensive end in the base 3-4 and defensive tackle when the 49ers go to the nickel. The 49ers would not draft a basic nose tackle with this pick because they only use the base nose tackle 35% of the time. Williams brings the kind of versatility that would allow him to contribute right away as a rookie."

Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:

People often forget just how good of an athlete Williams is. In 2011, he played end for Alabama before Nick Saban pushed him to the nose. He’s so athletic the Tide used him as a fullback at times. He’s not purely a one-position player, though the nose is his best spot. Williams would instantly be a favorite of Navorro Bowman and Patrick Willis. He is a powerhouse defensive lineman capable of taking on multiple blockers, freeing up the linebackers behind him. He’s not a stats guy, but the kind of dependable player good defenses rely on.

The first round of the 2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft concludes at Noon ET when the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Beatdown make the final pick of the round.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
22 Damontre Moore OLB Texas A&M 6'5" 250
27 Barrett Jones C Alabama 6'4" 305
29 Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame 6'1" 241
32 Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers 6'1" 241
33 Jamie Collins LB Southern Miss 6'3" 250

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

No. Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Geno Smith QB West Virginia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
9 New York Jets Chance Warmack OG Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
12 Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant CB Washington
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
14 Carolina Panthers Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
15 New Orleans Saints Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
16 St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
20 Chicago Bears Arthur Brown LB Kansas State
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
22 St. Louis Rams Jonathan Cyprien S Florida International
23 Minnesota Vikings Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
24 Indianapolis Colts Datone Jones DE UCLA
25 Minnesota Vikings Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
26 Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
27 Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
28 Denver Broncos D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
29 New England Patriots Keenan Allen WR California
30 Atlanta Falcons Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State
31 San Francisco 49ers Jesse Williams DT Alabama