- Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
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So what happens if three left tackles are among the first four picks of the 2013 draft? Our friends at Scouts Inc. addressed that scenario at the top of their annual seven-round -- yes, you read that right -- mock draft.
The short explanation is that the Detroit Lions would be left with a premier pass-rusher, which many of you prefer over a left tackle anyway. You need an Insider subscription to see the entire draft, but I'll sneak you the first and second rounds as it pertains to the NFC North:
Round 1: BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah
Round 2: Arkansas-Pine Bluff tackle Terron Armstead
Round 1: Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree
Round 2: Kentucky guard Larry Warford
Seifert comment: Ogletree would have an impossible task in living up to expectations set by Brian Urlacher, but he comes from the same kind of mold -- an athletic former safety. Warford would give the Bears another starting option at an otherwise thin position.
Round 1: North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams
Round 1: Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o
Round 2: Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay
Seifert comment: In this scenario, the Vikings wait until the third round to address their receiver position. But it would be hard to argue with a defensive tackle, a middle linebacker and a cornerback among the first three picks.
Round 1: Florida safety Matt Elam
Round 2: Wisconsin running back Montee Ball
Seifert comment: Elam would represent an attempt to boost playmaking in the back end, while Ball could be the kind of workhorse the Packers haven't had in a long time.