Monday, April 22, 2013
McShay's mock draft 5.1: AFC North
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay put together a Mock 5.1 . How is this different from his Mock 5.0? This one accounts for the Darrelle Revis trade and makes a major change for the Browns at No. 6. But this version is still Insider, so you'll need a subscription to view the entire post. As always, I can clue you in on the AFC North picks:
6. Cleveland Browns
McShay's pick: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Hensley's comment: I've questioned the value of taking a tight end like Eifert for the Steelers at No. 17. So, you can imagine my thoughts on taking Eifert at this spot. If you are sure Eifert is the next Rob Gronkowski, taking him in the top 10 makes some sense. The problem I have is the Browns passing on linebacker Dion Jordan and cornerback Dee Milliner. Jordan is a better prospect than Eifert and cornerback is a bigger need than tight end.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
McShay's pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Hensley's comment: Once again, McShay has the Steelers married to Jones. He sure fits the description of that explosive Steelers pass-rusher. This pick is an extremely logical one, even if other players are considered less of a medical risk. The Steelers need an heir apparent to James Harrison and need to add some spark to a pass rush that generated 37 sacks last season (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 35 sacks in 2011 (tied for 17th).
21. Cincinnati Bengals
McShay's pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
: McShay went away from putting cornerback Desmond Trufant
at this spot and decided to throw a curveball with Patterson, who is a boom-or-bust type prospect. This would be a surprise because the Bengals continue to talk about their confidence in Mohamed Sanu
to be the team's No. 2 wide receiver. The Bengals would prefer to have safety Kenny Vaccaro
or offensive tackle D.J. Fluker
fall to them, but McShay has both of them going in the top half of the draft.
32. Baltimore Ravens
McShay's pick: Eric Reid, S, LSU
Hensley's comment: Reid is generally considered the fourth-best safety prospect in the draft. He is a big-time hitter but there are questions whether he has the speed to hold up in deep coverage. The Ravens should take a safety early in this draft because I'm not sold on them going with James Ihedigbo as a starter.