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OL & DL expected to dominate Rd. 1

Posted by Chris Brown on January 31, 2013 – 10:32 am

For those that have been monitoring the national draft prognosticators for a while, this may not come as much of a surprise, but it’s a virtual consensus that offensive and defensive linemen are expected to dominate the top half of round one in the draft come late April.

Count ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay among those that believe the board will lean heavily toward the big uglies come late April. On his most recent Top 32 Big Board (Need ESPN Insider) of 2013 NFL draft prospects, 10 of the top 13 are offensive and defensive linemen. Four of his top five players include three offensive linemen and one defensive lineman, Utah DT Star Lotulelei, who tops his board in the number one spot.

Obviously team needs figure to skew the number of offensive and defensive linemen drafted in the top half of round one, but based on pure talent and production, the linemen coming off the board on day one is expected to be frequent.

As a side note, McShay has just one quarterback prospect in his top 32, West Virginia QB Geno Smith, who is ranked 21st.

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