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2007 NFL draft/Positional analysis: DTs

49ers must consider risk/reward factor with Branch

When asked this week if the 49ers would take Michigan stud Alan Branch with the No. 11 overall pick if he's available, team personnel chief Scot McCloughan replied, "Maybe we will. Why not?" Even if the Niners don't take Branch, they appear likely to grab a DT somewhere in this year's college lottery. Here, we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the draft's top 10 interior defensive linemen.

POSITION ANALYSIS: After acquiring Aubrayo Franklin in free agency, the 49ers have three players that can play on the nose in their 3-4 system in Franklin, Isaac Sopoaga and Ronnie Fields, who also can slide out to end in that scheme. The roster also includes Damane Duckett and Marques Douglas, who played as an undersized 285-pound tackle in the team's 4-3 set last year but is well-suited to play...

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