Monday, April 15, 2013
McShay's mock draft 5.0: AFC North
By Jamison Hensley
I know I'm a few days late on this, but ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay put together a Mock 5.0 . This post is part of Insider, so you'll need a subscription to view the entire mock draft. Lucky for you, I can show you how the AFC North teams fared:
6. Cleveland Browns
McShay's pick: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Hensley's comment: This is a pick that will certainly generate buzz, but I don't think it's going to happen. Even though it's known that new Browns general manager Mike Lombardi isn't a fan of Brandon Weeden, the Browns would be taking a gamble by going with Smith this high. This would be repeating the mistake of reaching for Weeden a year ago.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
McShay's pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Hensley's comment: Taking Jones may turn out to be a boom-or-bust scenario. He is an athletically gifted player who can put some pop into the Steelers' pass rush. Or he may struggle with the speed of the game if his disappointing performance during his pro day is any indication. There are also medical concerns with Jones. But a talent like Jones doesn't fall to the Steelers at this point in the first round if he was a safe pick.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
McShay's pick: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
: I would still be surprised by this pick. The Bengals need a right tackle, outside linebacker, safety and running back more than cornerback. If Trufant represents the best value at this spot, the Bengals should trade down. My guess is the Bengals are hoping right tackle D.J. Fluker
or safety Kenny Vaccaro
falls to them here.
32. Baltimore Ravens
McShay's pick: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Hensley's comment: If Te'o is available here, the Ravens would strongly look at taking him even though they signed Rolando McClain last week. Despite coach John Harbaugh's reaction to Te'o at the NFL combine, Baltimore has interest in Te'o, who could become the long-term replacement for Ray Lewis. Many don't believe Te'o will fall this far in the first round, so the Ravens may not have a chance at him. Other viable options for the Ravens are wide receiver and safety.