AFC North: Desmond Trufant

I know I'm a few days late on this, but ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay put together a Mock 5.0 Insider. 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
Hensley's comment: 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.
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay put together a Mock 4.1 Insider. How is this different from his Mock 4.0? This one doesn't include any quarterbacks in the first round. But this version is still Insider, so you'll need a subscription to view the entire post. Lucky for you, I can show you how the AFC North teams fared in this latest mock draft:

6. Cleveland Browns

McShay's pick: Ezekiel Ansah, DE-LB, BYU

Hensley's comment: Not sure Ansah is going to make it past the Jaguars (No. 2) and Lions (No. 5). He isn't a safe pick by any means. But Ansah has a very strong upside as a pass-rusher. The Browns continue to be linked to Ansah and Dion Jordan even though they spent a lot of money on Paul Kruger in free agency and plan to convert Jabaal Sheard to a 3-4 outside linebacker.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

McShay's pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

Hensley's comment: Jones has been matched up with the Steelers in many mock drafts, and for good reason. The Steelers ruled out bringing back James Harrison after he refused to take a pay cut and they have to be concerned about Jason Worilds' ability to make an impact as a full-time starter. There is a good chance that Jones will fall in the first round because of medical concerns and a disappointing performance on his pro day.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

McShay's pick: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Hensley's comment: McShay continues to put Trufant with the Bengals even though this isn't a top need for the team. Dre Kirkpatrick was selected in the first round last year, Leon Hall is 28 and has three years left on his contract and Terence Newman and Adam Jones were both re-signed. The Bengals hope safety Kenny Vaccaro will fall, but McShay has him going in the top 20. The Bengals could also look at a wide receiver like California's Keenan Allen or Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins.


32. Baltimore Ravens

McShay's pick: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

Hensley's comment: It's no secret that the Ravens need a receiver. They didn't replace Anquan Boldin after he was traded to the 49ers. It's hard to believe that the Ravens will go with either Jacoby Jones, Tandon Doss, David Reed or Deonte Thompson as their No. 2 receiver. Patton is a borderline first-round talent. He doesn't have elite size (6 feet, 202 pounds) or speed. But he has great hands and catches the ball in traffic. Patton has been compared to Reggie Wayne.
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay put together his Mock 4.0 Insider. This version is different because McShay goes two rounds. 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 first-round pick: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

McShay's second-round pick: Browns don't have one.

Hensley's comment: Milliner will become a popular pick with the Browns, especially if they fail to sign Brent Grimes in free agency. The Browns haven't replaced last year's starter Sheldon Brown and don't have anyone else on the roster who can step into the starting lineup. That would put pressure on Cleveland to address it in the first round. In McShay's draft, linebacker Dion Jordan and defensive end-linebacker Ezekiel Ansah were both off the board by the time the Browns picked. The Browns don't have a second-round pick (used last year to pick up wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft).

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

McShay's first-round pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

McShay's second-round pick: Robert Woods, WR, USC

Hensley's comment: For the second straight mock draft, McShay has Jones going to Pittsburgh. It makes sense. The Steelers ruled out James Harrison's return and they can't feel confident that Jason Worilds can take over that spot full-time. There is great value in taking Jones at this spot. He would be a top-five pick if not for concerns over his medical condition and disappointing pro day performance. If he did drop, it would be hard for the Steelers to pass on him. In the second round, the addition of Woods would provide much-needed young depth to the wide receiver group (the other backups are Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress). Woods runs great routes but had his share of drops in college.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

McShay's pick: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

McShay's second-round pick (from Oakland): Matt Elam, S, Florida

McShay's second-round pick: Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Hensley's comment: This is a tough one because McShay has safety Kenny Vaccaro and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker both getting selected just before the Bengals are on the clock. Cornerback isn't a big need for the Bengals because they used a first-round pick last year on Dre Kirkpatrick and Leon Hall is 28-years-old with three years left on his contract. Offensive tackle becomes the biggest need if the Bengals are unable to re-sign Andre Smith. The Bengals could also look at a wide receiver like California's Keenan Allen or Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins. In the second round, Elam would be an excellent pick there if he falls.


32. Baltimore Ravens

McShay's pick: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

McShay's second-round pick: Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

Hensley's comment: The Ravens don't usually reach for need in drafts, but it will be hard not to think about taking a wide receiver in the first round. Baltimore hasn't replaced Anquan Boldin, who was traded to San Francisco, and there aren't proven options at receiver outside of Torrey Smith. Patton is a borderline first-round talent. He doesn't have elite size (6 feet, 202 pounds) or speed. But he has great hands and catches the ball in traffic. Patton has been compared to Reggie Wayne. In the second round, I'm not sure if the Ravens will use that pick on a center. They drafted Matt Birk's replacement last year when they selected Gino Gradkowski in the fourth round.

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