Morning take: Is '09 Browns draft a bust?

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:

  • With several high picks underperforming, is the Cleveland Browns' 2009 draft officially a bust?

Morning take: I prefer to give it a couple of years, but Cleveland’s draft isn’t looking good at this point. Not only are rookies not producing, but high picks Brian Robiskie and David Veikune aren’t even active on some game days.

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) and Baltimore Ravens (5-5) got no help in the wild-card race as the Denver Broncos (7-4) pummeled the New York Giants Thursday night, 26-6.

Morning take: As I've said all year, it's very tough to get three teams into the playoffs from the same division. It looks more and more like the AFC North will have to settle for two.

  • Both Mike Wallace and Michael Oher, who are former teammates at Ole Miss, are having impressive rookie campaigns for the Steelers and Ravens, respectively.

Morning take: These were two solid picks from a school that's sometimes overlooked in the SEC. No surprise the scouting staffs in Baltimore and Pittsburgh were once again on top of their game.

  • Cincinnati Bengals tailback Cedric Benson rehabbed during practice, which still leaves open the possibility he could play Sunday against Cleveland.

Morning take: I still contend Benson needs to rest and get healthy for the long haul if he’s not close to 100 percent. The play of rookie Bernard Scott should make that decision a little easier.