Thursday, May 2, 2013
How AFC North teams used comp picks
By Jamison Hensley
Everyone gets excited when compensatory picks are announced in March, but many forget the players who are added because of them. The AFC North teams had seven compensatory picks in the draft and here are the results:
Fourth round: Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard fullback
Fifth round: Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin offensive lineman
Sixth round: Ryan Jensen, Colorado State-Pueblo
Seventh round: Marc Anthony, California cornerback
Thoughts: The Ravens received compensatory picks in the fourth and fifth rounds after losing guard Ben Grubbs and linebacker Jarret Johnson in free agency last season. The only comp pick who has a chance to play right away is Juszcyk. He will make an immediate impact on special teams and eventually help out on the offense as more of a H-back.
Seventh round: Reid Fragel, Ohio State offensive tackle
Seventh round: T.J. Johnson, South Carolina center
Thoughts: The Bengals netted two compensatory picks after losing five unrestricted free agents last year (receiver Andre Caldwell, guard Nate Livings, guard Mike McGlynn, defensive end Frostee Rucker and receiver Jerome Simpson) and signing three (cornerback Jason Allen, defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson, and running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis). Fragel is great value for the seventh round. A converted blocking tight end, he could develop into a solid right tackle or guard.
Sixth round: Vince Williams, Florida State inside linebacker
Thoughts: This was a gift compensatory pick. The Steelers received it for cornerback William Gay signing with the Cardinals last year. Arizona cut him this offseason, and the Steelers got him back. Williams has a chance to make an impact down the line. He was a late-round pick because he's run stopper and is only a two-down player. But, with Larry Foote aging and Sean Spence unlikely to play again, Williams has a future in Pittsburgh.
NOTE: The Cleveland Browns didn't receive any compensatory picks this year.