Day 2 draft projections in AFC North

The first round is old news now. It's time to look ahead. Let's see what is in store for the AFC North teams in Day 2 of the draft, which begins at 7 p.m. The second and third rounds will be held tonight.


Friday's picks: Second round (53rd and 83rd) and third round (83rd and 93rd).

Existing needs: Wide receiver, safety and outside linebacker. The Bengals still need to find a No. 2 wide receiver. They could also upgrade over Taylor Mays at safety. Plus, outside linebackers Thomas Howard and Manny Lawson are free agents next season.

Potential targets: WRs Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) and Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers), FS George Iloka (Boise State) and OLB Zach Brown (North Carolina).


Friday's picks: Second round (37th) and third round (67th).

Existing needs: Right tackle, wide receiver and outside linebacker. The Browns can't go into the season with Oniel Cousins as the starting right tackle. Cleveland also had to address the lack of speed at wide receiver. There's a future need at outside linebacker because Scott Fujita is a free agent next year.

Potential targets: WR Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech), OTs Bobby Massie (Mississippi) and Jonathan Martin (Stanford) and OLBs Lavonte David (Nebraska) and Terrell Manning (N.C. State).


Friday's picks: Second round (35th and 60th) and third round (91st).

Existing needs: Left guard, outside linebacker and wide receiver-returner. The Ravens need to upgrade at left guard over Jah Reid and could do the same at outside linebacker, where Paul Kruger is penciled to start. Baltimore is also looking for a No. 3 wide receiver with speed.

Potential targets: OLB Courtney Upshaw (Alabama), Gs Cordy Glenn (Georgia) and Amini Silatolu (Midwestern State), WRs Stephen Hill and Joe Adams (Arkansas).


Friday's picks: Second round (56th) and third round (86th).

Existing needs: Nose tackle, offensive tackle, outside linebacker and running back. There are questions whether nose tackle Casey Hampton (knee) will be ready for the season opener and whether right tackle Willie Colon can last a full season. Also, the Steelers need to think about an eventual replacement for James Harrison, who turns 34 next month. Don't be surprised if Pittsburgh addresses running back because of the uncertainty with Rashard Mendenhall, who is coming off ACL surgery and is entering the final year of his contract.

Potential targets: OLB-ILB Mychal Kendricks (California), RB LaMichael James (Oregon), NTs Loni Fangupo (BYU) and Alameda Ta'amu (Washington) and OT Bobby Massie (Mississippi).