AFC North: Jerry Angelo

The AFC North blog continues its series of offseason grudge matches we'd like to see during the NFL lockout.

Enjoy.

Bout No. 1: Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco vs. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis

Ochocinco
Ochocinco
Lewis
Lewis
Analysis: Before the fight, Lewis calls Ochocinco "mopey," which gets under the skin of the receiver. Ochocinco fights back by calling Lewis a bull and says he's going to ride and tame him for 10 rounds. Instead, Ochocinco enters the ring and Lewis knocks him out quickly in 1.5 seconds, setting a new record. When Ochocinco regains consciousness, he immediately hops up and jumps over the ring ropes before Marvin "The Bull" Lewis can get his hands on him and dish out more punishment. After the fight, Ochocinco says his performance was "embarrassing."

AFC North blog pick: Lewis KO in 1.5 seconds of Round 1

Bout No. 2: Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome vs. Bears GM Jerry Angelo

Analysis: Before the fight, Newsome and Angelo agree on a 50-50 split in compensation. But in a bush-league move, Angelo "forgets" to call the boxing commission, ensuring he gets more of the purse. Highly upset, Newsome agrees to the fight anyway to prove a point and enters the ring with his angry trainer, Steve Bisciotti. Newsome uses his Hall of Fame hands to pick apart Angelo in four rounds. After the fight, Newsome and Bisciotti both say they will not do business with Angelo's camp anytime soon.

AFC North blog pick: Newsome KO in Round 4

Bout No. 3: Browns quarterback Colt McCoy vs. Ravens safety Ed Reed

McCoy
McCoy
Reed
Reed
Analysis: In an effort to improve his skills, the younger McCoy wants to move his training camp to the West Coast but is locked out of the facility. Therefore, "Camp Colt" takes place mostly in parking lots and second-rate gyms. McCoy tries his best, but isn't properly trained to face a future Hall of Famer like Reed, who thoroughly outclasses McCoy for 10 rounds. Reed is on top of his game and easily intercepts McCoy's punches while picking the quarterback apart. At one point, Reed is so hot that his chair catches fire underneath him between rounds. That is the only bad thing to happen to Reed during the fight.

AFC North blog pick: Reed by unanimous decision

Bout No. 4 for middleweight title: Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall vs. Champion Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski

Mendenhall
Mendenhall
Zbikowski
Zbikowski
Analysis: Mendenhall sends out several controversial tweets before the fight, immediately losing his endorsement money. Mendenhall tries to write an apology, but it's too late. The crowd is vehemently against the running back. Zbikowski is a huge fan favorite and has looked unbeatable lately. Mendenhall lasts in the ring longer than most but is obviously distracted by his recent trials. Zbikowski gets another knockout, but this time it comes in the second round.

AFC North blog pick: Zbikowski KO in Round 2

Bout No. 5 and main event for heavyweight title: Browns running back Peyton Hillis vs. Champion Steelers linebacker James Harrison

Hillis
Hillis
Harrison
Harrison
Analysis: This is expected to be a great fight between two top heavyweights. Hillis exploded on the scene last year but suddenly has a string of bad luck after getting on the cover of "Madden NFL 12." Now Hillis can't stay healthy. He suffers thigh and rib injuries in training but wants to fight Harrison for the belt anyway. On his way to the ring, Hillis slips on a banana peel and sprains his ankle. While trying to get in the ring, Hillis also pulls his hamstring. Harrison shows no mercy and punishes a banged-up Hillis for three rounds before the running back's corner throws in the towel.

AFC North blog pick: Harrison by TKO in Round 3
The Baltimore Ravens reportedly are seeking more than an apology from the Chicago Bears following a trade snafu that cost Baltimore one slot in the first round of the NFL draft.

According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Baltimore is expected to contact the league Friday to try to get the fourth-round pick Chicago agreed upon during the botched trade. Both teams were required to call in the trade and the Ravens did their part. But the Bears dropped the ball and forgot to make the call, causing the trade to fall through and the Ravens to miss their pick.

The Kansas City Chiefs quickly turned in their card and drafted University of Pittsburgh receiver Jon Baldwin at No. 26. The Ravens took their target anyway in Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith at No. 27 but remain upset with the chain of events.

Bears general manager Jerry Angelo made a public apology to the Ravens Thursday night. But chances are, they don't want to give up an extra draft pick if the trade wasn't made official by the NFL. The Bears still made their selection in their original slot at No. 29 and would prefer to sweep everything under the rug and simply move on.

If you're going by the honor code, the Ravens deserve the pick. The two sides came to an agreement and the Bears were responsible for screwing it up. But the NFL draft is big business where honor doesn't always apply.

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
  • Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo apologized to the Baltimore Ravens for a trade gaffe that caused Baltimore to miss one spot in the first round of the NFL draft.
Morning take: I thought something was fishy last night when Baltimore missed its pick. The Ravens were trying to trade down to No. 29 and apparently there was a snag on the other end with Chicago. Baltimore ended up with cornerback Jimmy Smith at No. 27.
Morning take: Right now it's quarterbacks Jordan Palmer or Dan LeFevour. But rest assured the Bengals will not leave this week's draft without a quarterback to compete with that pair.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert is happy to keep all of his picks and still land defensive end Cameron Heyward.
Morning take: I think the Steelers got good value in Heyward at No. 31. The Steelers have other needs but stayed true to taking the best available player on their board.
  • The Cleveland Browns were among ESPN.com senior writer John Clayton's Day 1 winners.
Morning take: Cleveland didn't make a splash by trading out at No. 6, but you have to look at the big picture. The Browns now have 18 draft choices in the next two years to help rebuild a thin roster.

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