Wednesday, March 6, 2013
McShay's mock draft 3.0: AFC North
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay put together his Mock 3.0 . As always, you'll need an Insider subscription to see the entire post. But I have received permission to share with you some details about the teams in the division:
6. Cleveland Browns
McShay's pick: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Hensley's comment: Jordan is a good fit for the Browns' 3-4 defense and is the best outside linebacker prospect based on versatility. He is athletic enough to rush the passer and cover tight ends. Jordan's also a high-puruit run defender with a relentless motor. There is a medical concern with Jordan, who could be out for another couple of months after having shoulder surgery.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
McShay's pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Hensley's comment: Jones would be a top-five pick if not for his medical condition (a narrowing of the spinal column). If he did drop, it would be hard for the Steelers to pass on him. Jones has the makings of being the heir apparent to James Harrison.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
McShay's pick: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Hensley's comment: This would be fitting for the Bengals, who would replace one Alabama tackle (Andre Smith) with another. He's even drawn comparisons to Smith, who didn't receive the franchise tag from the Bengals. Fluker is a powerful run blocker who has had trouble with speed rushers in pass protection.
32. Baltimore Ravens
McShay's pick: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Hensley's comment: Based on coach John Harbaugh's reaction to Te'o's disappointing 40-yard dash, I'm not sure if he would be happy with this choice. Inside linebacker, however, is a big need for the Ravens. Baltimore also has a history of putting more weight on what a player does on game tape over results at the combine. This pick would generate a lot of buzz for the reigning Super Bowl champions.