Big Book: AFC North's players on rise

August, 23, 2012
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If you've been reading the blog, you know we're tracking ESPN.com's Big Book, which evaluates every player in the NFL. The topic for today is players on the rise, and there were two players who got some recognition: Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey.

You'll need a subscription to read the entire article , but here are some notes I pulled from Matt Williamson, of Scouts Inc. and ESPN.com:

A.J. Green: "Green will soon rival Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson as the best wide receiver in the NFL. He has it all, including remarkable height and length, and great long speed. But what might set him apart is his ridiculous body control and ability to contort himself to grab the football with his big, soft hands."

Maurkice Pouncey: "Pouncey has a strong cast around him on Pittsburgh's line, but he is the best player of the bunch with a great combination of quickness off the ball, hand usage, leverage and movement skills. He just needs to stay healthy."

The Ravens and Browns didn't get a player mentioned, but they could have easily gotten some players on the list. For the Browns, I would have gone with cornerback Joe Haden or safety T.J. Ward. With the Ravens, the choice would either be wide receiver Torrey Smith or cornerback Lardarius Webb.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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