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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Kiper: Thoughts on second, third rounds

By Jamison Hensley

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. took a look at the early impact players in the second and third round of the draft. The AFC North was represented on the offense and the defense.

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MOHAMED SANU

Team, position: Bengals wide receiver

Round: Third

Kiper's comment: While Sanu isn't much of a home run threat because he lacks top-end speed, he's crafty and will work zones and the middle of the field to get open. You never know, but I can see him and Andy Dalton developing chemistry.

Hensley's comment: Sanu will have the opportunity to make an impact because the Bengals' No. 2 receiver job is open. But I also like wide receiver Marvin Jones, who was picked in the fifth round.

COURTNEY UPSHAW

Team, position: Ravens outside linebacker

Round: Second

Kiper's comment: He won't go into camp as a starter, but look for Upshaw to gain trust early. He's experienced and has the size and discipline to seal the edge in the run game in this system.

Hensley's comment: I would agree that Upshaw probably won't begin camp as the starter, but I would be surprised if he didn't begin the regular season as one. He should beat Paul Kruger out as the starting outside linebacker.