Saturday, April 24, 2010
AFC North fourth round recap
By James Walker
The fourth round of the NFL draft is in the books.
Here is a recap of the latest additions in the AFC North:
Pick: Dennis Pitta, TE, Brigham Young
Skinny: Pitta is the second consecutive tight end the Ravens selected in this draft, joining third-rounder Ed Dickson. It's apparent Baltimore is preparing for its future without former Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap, who turned 30 in March and has a lengthy injury history.
Pick: Thaddeus Gibson, OLB/DE, Ohio State
Skinny: The Steelers have other needs (cornerback?), but that hasn't stopped them from taking as many pass rushers as possible. Despite an inconsistent college career, Gibson is another player Pittsburgh feels can convert from a college defensive end to outside linebacker.
Picks: Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
Skinny: The Bengals need depth on the defensive line and added another plugger in Atkins. Last year when Domata Peko was injured, it severely hurt the defense. Tank Johnson also battled injuries last season. Cincinnati also selected former Texas linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy with its compensatory pick at the end of the fourth round.