Friday, February 3, 2012
Todd McShay's mock 2.0: AFC North style
By Jamison Hensley
It's Super Bowl week, but there's always time to talk about the draft.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay offered his second version of his 2012 mock draft, with a draft order that projected the Cleveland Browns at No. 4 and 22 (from Atlanta), the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 17 (from Oakland) and 21, the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 24 and the Baltimore Ravens at No. 29.
You'll need an Insider subscription to view the entire draft, but here's a look at the AFC North part of it:
4. Cleveland Browns
Version 1.0: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Version 2.0: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Hensley's comment: There's momentum building between the Browns and RG3. Some might question whether Griffin will still be on the board at this spot.
17. Cincinnati Bengals
Version 1.0: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Version 2.0: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Hensley's comment: It's no secret that coach Marvin Lewis puts a premium on young cornerbacks. The Bengals will need someone to eventually replace Nate Clements.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Version 1.0: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Version 2.0: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Hensley's comment: Miller gives the Bengals what Cedric Benson couldn't -- big-play ability. The reason why Miller would be available this late in the first round is postseason shoulder surgery.
22. Cleveland Browns
Hensley's comment: The Browns definitely need a playmaker at wide receiver, and Floyd can run after the catch. But Cleveland needs speed, and Floyd isn't a burner. Still, it would very tempting if Floyd is available here.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Version 1.0: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Version 2.0: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Hensley's comment: The Steelers need to address either the offensive or defensive line in the first round. The one red flag on Adams is he reportedly lacks a nasty demeanor, which really won't work in the AFC North.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Version 1.0: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Version 2.0: Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
Hensley's comment: This appears to be the year where the Ravens need to find their heir apparent to Ray Lewis. As McShay points out, Burfict is a top-20 talent, but there are questions about his discipline on and off the field.