Thursday, April 25, 2013
McShay's final mock draft: AFC North
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay put together his final mock, Mock 6.0 . There is a shakeup among the offensive tackles in the top five, which changes the outlook for the rest of the draft. This is an Insider post, 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: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Hensley's comment: There's been increasing buzz over the past 12 hours that the Browns will be the first team to take a quarterback. It would be a reach to take Smith this high. But the Browns wouldn't be the first team to surprise everyone and take a quarterback higher than expected.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
McShay's pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Hensley's comment: Most mock drafts have put either Jones or Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert at this spot for the Steelers. Eifert is the safer pick, but Jones has more upside -- if he checks out medically. I think it's worth the risk for the Steelers, who 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: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Hensley's comment: The Bengals would like to add a playmaking back to share the load with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But do they want a back so much to use a first-rounder on him? It seems like the Bengals would get more value taking a running back with one of their two second-round picks.
32. Baltimore Ravens
McShay's pick: Matt Elam, S, Florida
Hensley's comment: I've never been sold on the Ravens going with James Ihedigbo as their starting strong safety. Elam, who is considered the No. 2 safety in this draft by many, has a knack for making plays at critical times, which is a trait that's important to the Ravens. He's a viable option for Baltimore at No. 32.