- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:
Cincinnati Bengals rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga is still going strong, making all 11 starts so far in his rookie year.
Morning take: I'm no scout, but it was pretty easy for me to see at USC that Maualuga was a player. I’m still surprised every AFC North team passed on him at least once. The Browns passed twice.
How would you grade the 2009 draft of the Baltimore Ravens?
Morning take: It’s early, but it looks like Baltimore hit on its first three picks. Michael Oher, Paul Kruger and Lardarius Webb are all contributing to the team's playoff run.
Oakland Raiders quarterback and western PA native Bruce Gradkowski is looking forward to returning home.
Morning take: Last time I remember Gradkowski against Pittsburgh, he was with the Cleveland Browns in 2008 and things didn’t go very well.
San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson needs 56 yards to pass Jim Brown on the career rushing list Sunday against the Browns.
Morning take: To do it in Cleveland would be a nice honor for "L.T." Against the Browns’ defense, he has a good chance to do it.