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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Morning take: Class of '05 struggling

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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

Morning take: Frankly, the top of this draft class was probably the worst of this decade. The best players turned out to be linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Shawne Merriman and neither went in the top 10.

Morning take: The Broncos don't want to trade Marshall, and he comes with a lot of baggage and the desire for a huge contract. The trio of issues makes it unlikely that he lands in Baltimore.

Morning take: If Ochocinco is serious -- and with him you never know -- I'd really question if his primary focus is winning or entertainment and self-promotion.

Morning take: Where I'm from, we have a rule that you cannot use the defending Super Bowl champions in "Madden" because the ratings are always so high. Sure enough, I will be invoking this rule again this season.