2013 NFL Mock Draft: Seahawks expected to beef up defensive line

Jonathan Daniel

The NFL Combine kicks off this week, and most mock drafts around the Internet have the Seahawks taking a defensive tackle or end.

The Seattle Seahawks hold the 25th overall pick after a surprise playoff run in 2012. They have few obvious holes on the roster, but could use some depth on the defensive line with Jason Jones and Alan Branch scheduled for free agency, along with Chris Clemons' injury concerns.

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has the Seahawks taking Alabama DT Jesse Williams in the first round:

The Seahawks have one of the better defensive fronts in the NFC, but it wouldn't be surprising to see them add some depth, especially with Alan Branch slated to hit free agency in the winter. Williams lined up at nose tackle for the Tide, but has the ability to be productive in either and even or odd front.

Pete Prisco also projects the team to take a DT, Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins:

Alan Branch is a free agent, and they need big bodies in the middle of their defense.

Over at NFL.com, there is a bit more disparity. Bucky Brooks has Seattle taking BYU DE Ezeikel Ansah. Ansah is a fast riser on draft boards and expected to tear the roof off the Combine drills, so it would be a minor miracle if he fell this far. Josh Norris is mocking Florida State DE Cornellius Carradine, another player gaining more hype as the draft process goes on. Daniel Jeremiah has California WR Keenan Allen, who is still dealing with a knee injury and won't be participating in Combine drills. His draft hopes rest on Cal's Pro Day. Gil Brandt also has Seattle taking a WR, Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins.

Finally, SB Nation's own Dan Kadar is projecting the Seahawks to take UCLA DE Datone Jones:

Look for the Seahawks to upgrade their defensive line this offseason, despite taking Bruce Irvin in the first round last year. Jones is in the same mold as Jason Jones, a free agent for Seattle that went on injured reserve in December. He's a better fit than a player like Sam Montgomery because he can take on blockers better, but can do just enough as a pass rusher.

As you can see, there is no clear consensus yet and it's way too early to be certain about these picks, particularly with the expected talent available at the end of the first round. Hopefully the Combine will provide a bit more clarity to a deep but muddled draft class.

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