Thursday, April 8, 2010
How I See It: AFC North Stock Watch
By James Walker
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Cleveland's chances of drafting Eric Berry: The Cleveland Browns made a wise trade with the Philadelphia Eagles to shore up their cornerback situation in acquiring veteran Sheldon Brown. But that also narrowed the Browns' defensive need to safety at a time when it's looking more and more like the top-rated prospect at that position -- Berry -- could be off the board at No. 7. The Kansas City Chiefs (No. 5), Seattle Seahawks (No. 6), and now the Washington Redskins (No. 4) after the Donovan McNabb trade, are all ahead of Cleveland and considered possible landing spots for Berry. It only takes one team. So that's not good news for the Browns, who may have to trade the No. 7 pick or take someone else who could be rated below Berry on their draft board.
Clarity for Ben Roethlisberger: After weeks of twisting in the wind, there was finally some significant movement this week concerning the sexual assault allegation against Roethlisberger in Milledgeville, Ga. The local police department completed its investigation and handed over the case to the district attorney's office, which will decide whether to bring charges. If no charges are filed, the case is closed and Roethlisberger will be able to move forward and hash out the rest with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. If charges are filed, the legal situation will continue to loom over Roethlisberger and the franchise this offseason.