Saturday, April 30, 2011
Poll: Who had the better Day 2?
By James Walker
The second and third rounds of the NFL draft are in the books for the AFC North, as all four teams looked to add solid contributors to their rosters.
But in Saturday's SportsNation poll, we ask which division team had the best Day 2 picking players?
Was it the Cincinnati Bengals? In the second round they believe they found their long-term solution at quarterback in TCU's Andy Dalton, who should fit in well with Cincinnati's new West Coast offense. Dalton is expected to replace Carson Palmer, who threatened to retire if he isn't traded. In the third round the Bengals also got a pass-rushing outside linebacker in Dontay Moch, who had 30 career sacks at Nevada.
What about the Cleveland Browns? They had two second-round picks Friday and continued to build their defensive line with Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who is aggressive getting to the quarterback. North Carolina receiver and third-round pick Greg Little also gives the Browns much-needed help at receiver, and his size and ability to run after the catch should help young quarterback Colt McCoy.
The Baltimore Ravens continue to plug their holes with Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith and Central Florida offensive tackle Jah Reid. Smith adds a deep threat the team has been looking for to complement veteran receivers Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin. Reid has a chance to compete for the starting right tackle spot opposite Michael Oher. Did Baltimore draft the best pairing in Day 2?
Finally, the Pittsburgh Steelers addressed two needs by getting Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert and Texas cornerback Curtis Brown. Gilbert is a former teammate of Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, and the Steelers hope Gilbert can develop into additional protection for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh is very thin at cornerback, and the team needs Brown to develop early and potentially make an immediate impact defending the pass.
So cast your vote on which AFC North team had the best Day 2 of the NFL draft and share your thoughts below.