AFC North: Harvey Unga

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AP Photo/Daniel GluskoterFormer BYU running back Harvey Unga is generating some interest from several AFC North teams.
When at least 20 NFL teams -- including three from the AFC North -- show up for a workout just weeks before training camp, you're doing something right.

That was the situation last week for former BYU running back Harvey Unga, who recently had to leave school for a code violation and entered the supplemental draft. Unga's three straight 1,000-yard seasons were enough to catch the attention of the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, who reportedly had representatives in attendance.

Unga is considered a power back who can get tough yards between the tackles. No wonder three of the four AFC North teams expressed interest last week.

The Bengals appear the most likely target within the division due to the uncertainty of Cedric Benson's legal situation. Unga also is a former college teammate of Bengals' projected starting fullback Fui Vakapuna, which certainly doesn't hurt.

Unga seems to have generated a pretty good buzz, which means a team will likely give up a mid-round pick in 2011 to take the running back in Thursday's supplemental draft.
Here are the most interesting stories Sunday in the AFC North:

  • Safety Troy Polamalu has high praise for Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator and 2010 Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau. Polamalu calls LeBeau the "greatest coach of all time."
Morning take: Although it's unspoken, LeBeau's coaching and overall contributions to football helped get him into Canton. We will have more on LeBeau in the coming weeks leading up to his Hall of Fame induction.

  • Which Baltimore Ravens linebacker will play next to Ray Lewis this season?
Morning take: Someone will have to step up between Dannell Ellerbe, Tavares Gooden and Brendon Ayanbadejo. All three have a shot.
Morning take: The Browns proved late last season that they can run the football. My question is do they have enough talent to pass the ball effectively?

  • The Browns, Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals were among 20 confirmed teams attending the recent workout of BYU running back Harvey Unga, who is eligible for the supplemental draft.
Morning take: With Cedric Benson possibly facing a suspension, Cincinnati is wise to see what Unga has to offer. For the Browns and Steelers, an educated guess is it was just due diligence.

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