Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Todd McShay's mock 6.0: AFC North style
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN's Todd McShay offered up his sixth version of the mock draft. You'll need a subscription to view the entire Insider piece, but here's the AFC North part of it:
4. Cleveland Browns
Pick: RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
Hensley's comment: I've been on board with this pick for a while. The Browns need someone to build the offense around, and Richardson is an Adrian Peterson-type running back. He's the best offensive player on the board after Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III and he fills a pressing need for Cleveland.
17. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: DT Michael Brockers, LSU
Hensley's comment: This pick surprised me because Brockers looks to be suited for a 3-4 defense and the Bengals have two productive tackles in Geno Atkins and Domata Peko. In looking at the players available at this spot in McShay's mock, I would've gone with North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples. He would make an immediate impact in the pass rush.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Hensley's comment: The Bengals need a No. 2 wide receiver, so this is a necessary selection. I might have gone with Baylor's Kendall Wright only because he will contribute more this season. Hill has the potential to be the better receiver, but he will need time to develop. He's a raw prospect.
22. Cleveland Browns
Pick: G-T Cordy Glenn, Georgia
Hensley's comment: There will be clamoring that the Browns have to take a wide receiver here. Cleveland, though, can't ignore right tackle. The decision could come down to Glenn or Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: ILB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Hensley's comment: This remains one of the more popular pairings in the first round. But I don't think this is a slam-dunk one. The Steelers could take outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw or an offensive lineman here.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
Hensley's comment: The Ravens would be extremely happy with this pick. Upshaw takes over for Jarret Johnson, who left in free agency, and upgrades Baltimore's pass rush. There has been some talk of the Ravens trading up to get Upshaw.