Friday, April 29, 2011
AFC North third-round update
By James Walker
Three AFC North teams made picks in the third round of Friday night's NFL draft.
The Cincinnati Bengals started the round by drafting Nevada outside linebacker Dontay Moch. The Bengals need help with their pass rush and Moch had 38 career sacks in college. This is also another sign that the Bengals are hoping to move Rey Maualuga back to his natural position of middle linebacker.
The Baltimore Ravens finally addressed one of their biggest needs in the third round by drafting Central Florida offensive tackle Jah Reid. He has good size and athleticism for the position, and the Ravens hope Reid can compete for a starting job opposite Michael Oher.
Finally, the Pittsburgh Steelers got a cornerback in the third round. Pittsburgh took Texas corner Curtis Brown with the No. 95 overall pick. The Steelers also had their eye on former Texas teammate and corner Aaron Williams, who went to Buffalo in the second round. Pittsburgh is very thin at the position with Ike Taylor and William Gay pending free agents.
The Cleveland Browns did not have a pick in the third round following Thursday's trade with the Kansas City Chiefs to move up and select first-round pick Phil Taylor.