Saturday, April 14, 2012
AFC North chat rewind
By Jamison Hensley
So, you survived Friday the 13th. Now it's Saturday the 14th and you know what that means. It's time time for the highlights of our weekly AFC North chat ...
Casey (Cincinnati): With picking up Terence Newman and Jacob Bell, where will the Bengals focus there first three picks in the draft?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I still see the Bengals looking at wide receiver, guard and either CB or safety. Most of the corners that the Bengals signed are short-term options. It doesn't affect their big-picture plans in the draft.
Logan (Tennessee): Do you think the Ravens have any chance to take Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower? If not Hightower, is Konz still the go to needed now that we have Birk for a bit longer?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): If the Steelers pass on Hightower at No. 24, there is a good chance that he falls to the Ravens at No. 29.
c-town Browns fan (The best location in the nation - Cleveland): Please tell me that the Browns will not move out of No. 4, and will take wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I predict you will be half right. I say stay at No. 4 and take Trent Richardson.
devin (mesa, az): Do you see the Steelers taking a back like Oregon's LaMichael James in the draft?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I see the Steelers taking a running back in this draft. I favor David Wilson from Virginia Tech. He is explosive.
Nick (Dayton): what grade would you give the Bengals if the fist three picks are guard David DeCastro, cornerback Stephon Gilmore and running back Lamar Miller?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): C-plus or B-minus. I really like DeCastro. Not sure Gilmore is strong enough to hold up in one-on-one coverage and I like other backs over Miami's Miller.
pgheasy (phila., pa): Do you think that Leonard Pope will be better than Matt Spaeth was when he was a Steeler tight end?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I don't have a great read on Pope. He has all the measurables to be a pretty good tight end. But he has never caught more than 24 passes in a season and he was flagged for a bunch of penalties with Kansas City. So, he has the potential to be better but not if he continues to make mistakes.
Kyle (Lock Haven PA): If Big Ben is healthy and he learns Todd Haley's offense quickly, could Mike Wallace have a 2,000-yard receiving season?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I think it would be highly unlikely that Wallace will reach 2,000 yards. And, if he did hit that mark, the Steelers probably won't be able to afford him when he reaches free agency at the end of the 2012 season.
If you want more, you can get a full transcript by clicking here.