AFC North: Quinton Patton

There's a chance that Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton could press Emmanuel Sanders for playing time. There was no chance that the Baltimore Ravens were going to take wide receiver Quinton Patton in the fourth round. And then there is new Browns wide receiver Davone Bess, who is happy he received a second chance. For more on this chatter about wide receivers, continue reading today's wake-up call ...

RAVENS: General manager Ozzie Newsome said the team wasn't planning to draft Louisiana Tech's Patton in the fourth round, where the San Francisco 49ers picked him right before Baltimore went on the clock. “Did one receiver get taken when we were set to take the guy? No, that did not happen at that point,” Newsome said after the draft, via the team's official website. The only receiver drafted by the Ravens was Elon's Aaron Mellette in the seventh round. “Were there receivers in every round that we considered? Yes,” Newsome said. As far as Aaron, when we got to that point in the draft, he was our highest-rated guy, and that’s why we decided to take him."

BENGALS: Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is getting a familiar vibe when hearing the Bengals' plans of putting first-round pick Tyler Eifert on the field at the same time as Jermaine Gresham. Green-Ellis played for New England, where the Patriots used frequently used tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez as a tandem. "Long story short, if you have two tight ends and they are both big guys and you don't feel like you have to cover them with DBs, it actually brings more people in to the box," Green-Ellis said, via the team's official website. "If you have two guys and you feel like one of them is really a receiver then you approach it differently."

STEELERS: The Steelers used a third-round pick on Wheaton, just like they did four years ago with Mike Wallace. Wheaton, who averaged 13.2 yards per catch, doesn't bring the big-play numbers, but the Steelers think he comes more well-rounded than Wallace, who signed with the Dolphins in free agency. "I saw Mike as more of an outside receiver, outside the numbers," offensive coordinator Todd Haley told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "This guy has played the slot a bunch when he wasn't outside. He is a little wider base [than Wallace], a little more running back build, in my opinion. The speed comparison -- it's hard for anyone to run faster than Mike, but this guy does play fast."

BROWNS: Bess doesn't believe he would be the same man today if he hadn't endured the misery from his past. Ten years ago, Bess spent 15 months in juvenile detention and lost his scholarship to Oregon State after he gave some friends a ride in his car after they had robbed a store. “Those heartaches, those tough times, those experiences in my cell molded me into the man I am today. At the time, being a young adolescent, I didn’t understand it. But being older now, I’m so thankful of those moments," Bess said in a conference call, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “My whole thing was going back, not only into the inner city, but abroad or wherever, and teaching, not only kids, but whoever, everybody, that there is a best route."
Let's break down the Baltimore Ravens' 2013 draft:

FIRST-ROUND SPOTLIGHT: The Ravens made it sound like taking Florida safety Matt Elam with the last pick of the first round was a no-brainer for them. Elam stood out to Baltimore because he was one of the few safety prospects in this draft who has the versatility of being physical enough to play in the box and fast enough to play deep coverage. The Ravens completed the overhaul at safety, going from Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard to Elam and Michael Huff. Elam was the third safety taken in the draft, behind Kenny Vaccaro (15th overall to New Orleans) and Eric Reid (18th to San Francisco). The Ravens picked Elam over linebacker Manti Te'o, safety Johnathan Cyprien, and wide receivers Justin Hunter and Robert Woods, all of whom were selected with the first 10 picks of the second round.

IN HINDSIGHT: The Ravens moved up to get the inside linebacker they wanted in the second round (Arthur Brown), but they weren't aggressive in addressing wide receiver. West Virginia's Stedman Bailey was taken two picks before the Ravens' selection in the third round, and Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton was drafted one pick before the Ravens were on the clock in the fourth round. It makes you wonder whether the Ravens should have released some players (like fullback Vonta Leach) to keep wide receiver Anquan Boldin and his $6 million salary.

BEST VALUE: DE-OLB John Simon, Ohio State. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year lasted until the fourth round. He's known for a relentless motor and for average athleticism. That sounds like a prospect the Ravens drafted in the same round a decade ago, and Jarret Johnson developed into a starter by his third season. Simon was so beloved by Urban Meyer that the Ohio State coach once said he would consider naming a son after him.

TOP LATE-ROUND PICK: DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame. The sixth-round pick is unlikely to see the field this year. After tearing his ACL in the BCS National Championship, he'll essentially be redshirted this season. Multiple knee injuries in college severely hurt his draft stock. If he can stay healthy, the Ravens will look smart in taking a chance on Lewis-Moore, a team captain who has upside as an inside pass-rusher.

SOMEONE WHO DIDN'T LIKE THIS DRAFT: Rolando McClain. The Ravens just didn't draft an inside linebacker. They traded three picks (ones in the second, fifth and sixth rounds) to move up six spots for Brown. When the Ravens signed McClain earlier this month, he was expected to start alongside Jameel McClain in the middle of Baltimore's defense. After McClain's latest arrest and the addition of Brown, you have to wonder how long Rolando McClain will remain on the roster.

The Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals had the most successful drafts in the NFL. This isn't me saying it. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. gave three teams an 'A', and two of them were last season's playoff teams from this division. Take a bow, Ravens and Bengals.

You'll need a subscription to read all about Kiper's 2013 draft grades Insider, but I'll give you a portion of what Kiper had to say about the Ravens, Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, along with my take on each one:


Kiper Jr.'s grade: A-minus

Kiper Jr.'s comment: "The Ravens had another excellent draft because they needed starters at some key spots and pulled it off. That's not easy to do when you're slotted in at No. 32."

Jamison Hensley's take: What stands out about the Ravens' draft is they might have found three immediate starters despite selecting at the bottom of the round for two of them. The player I like the most is Kansas State inside linebacker Arthur Brown. The Ravens aggressively traded up for him, and he should supplant Rolando McClain. Matt Elam should replace James Ihedigbo at safety, although his size is a concern. Missouri Southern State's Brandon Williams has a chance to beat out underachieving Terrence Cody at nose tackle. I would give the Ravens a grade slightly lower, because they were unable to address wide receiver and offensive tackle earlier. By just a few picks, Baltimore saw West Virginia receiver Stedman Bailey get taken before them in the third round and watched Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton go in the fourth. Excellent draft for defense, a below-average one on offense.


Kiper Jr.'s grade: A-minus

Kiper Jr.'s comment: "The Bengals somehow didn't address a pretty big need early (and they don't have many) and still really impressed me. The Bengals seem to be a groove with the draft, the only downside being the picks that came via the Carson Palmer deal are now spent. It was fun while it lasted."

Hensley's take: The Bengals raised expectations because of productive drafts the past couple of years, and they might have surpassed them with this group of players. Using the 21st overall pick on Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, a player some draft experts had going as high as No. 6, is one of the best values in the first round even though this position wasn't a need for Cincinnati. It's true North Carolina's Giovani Bernard wasn't the top-rated running back of this draft, but his ability to break big plays and catch the ball is exactly what the Bengals coveted. Plus, it's a bonus pick from the Palmer trade. Southern Methodist defensive end Margus Hunt, an athletic freak, intrigues me more than any other pick in this division. The biggest knock is the Bengals didn't address their biggest need (safety) until the third round. Georgia's Shawn Williams isn't on the same level as an Elam or Johnathan Cyprien, both of whom were available in the first round, but he'll get a chance to start.


Kiper Jr.'s grade: B

Kiper Jr.'s comment: "The Steelers got a little bit of their bite back. I love the selection of Jarvis Jones in Round 1. I just thought Le'Veon Bell was a bit of a reach. I'll say this for him, however: Bell played behind some pretty awful blocking last year and still managed to be productive."

Hensley's take: If you read my post-draft analysis, you already know that I think taking Jones was the best move when looking at the drafts for every AFC North team. The Steelers needed a pass-rusher after cutting James Harrison, and they got the best one coming out of college this year at No. 17. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the pick I'm most skeptical about is the Michigan State running back Bell. He's a finesse back who could turn out to be another Rashard Mendenhall in terms of running style. I'm not enamored by Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton or Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne, but it's hard to criticize given the Steelers' history with wide receivers in the third round and cornerbacks in the middle of the draft. The second-best player in Pittsburgh's draft class could turn out to be Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas, a fourth-round selection.


Kiper Jr.'s grade: C-plus

Kiper Jr.'s comment: "I don't know if it's a good thing, per se, but the guy who will impact the Browns most in 2013 might not be the player they took at No. 6 overall. The hope is (LSU linebacker Barkevious) Mingo becomes a star, and (San Diego State cornerback Leon) McFadden can perform early. The good news is, both could happen."

Hensley's take: When looking at the players the Browns drafted over these three days, I would give the Browns a C-minus. When you look at the big picture, the Browns deserve a solid B. I like the fact that the Browns took a pass-rusher with the upside of Mingo in the first round over Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. I like how the Browns traded two picks in the middle rounds of this mediocre draft for higher ones next year. And, even though it was a move made by the old regime, I like the decision to draft wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of last year's supplemental draft even more when looking at the wide receivers that were available in the second round Friday night. You also have to add veteran wide receiver Davone Bess to this class after the Browns picked him up for basically nothing during this draft. My biggest criticism, and I brought it up in the post-draft analysis, was failing to sign a veteran cornerback in free agency. That would have strengthened the reason to pass on Milliner in the first round and would have taken pressure off McFadden, the 11th cornerback taken in the draft, to start right away.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.Insider and our friends at Scouts Inc.Insider projected a second-round mock after the surprising turn of events Thursday night. They're Insider posts, which means you'll need a subscription to view the entire piece. But I can provide you the picks as well as my insights.

Sorry, Cleveland Browns, no pick for you. That was used last year in the supplemental draft for wide receiver Josh Gordon. Looking at the prospects in this round, it makes the Browns' decision look even better.

Cincinnati Bengals

Kiper's picks: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (from Oakland in Carson Palmer trade), and Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

Scouts Inc.: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama, and Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU

Hensley's comment: The theme here is taking a controversial player, whether it's Te'o or Mathieu. Te'o wouldn't add the speed that the Bengals need at linebacker but he has great instincts. Mathieu, aka "the Honey Badger," is a boom-or-bust prospect who has experience playing corner and safety. Not sure I would put him in the same locker room as Pacman Jones. As far as running backs, I think Ball fits what the Bengals want more than Lacy.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Kiper's picks: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

Scouts Inc.: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

Hensley's comment: I get the feeling that draft experts believe the Steelers will go safety in the second round. I wouldn't rule out running back, defensive line or inside linebacker here. Swearinger fits the mold of an AFC North thumper. He can be an intimidating presence. The concern is he lacks ideal speed, which can put him a step behind receivers.

Baltimore Ravens

Kiper's picks: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

Scouts Inc.: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

Hensley's comment: Taking Armstead here makes more sense than Patton. Armstead isn't an NFL-ready lineman yet, but he could develop into a left tackle. He has the tools that you want: athletic, hard worker and highly intelligent. It will just take time because he needs to get into the weight room. With Patton, he projects to be a No. 3 receiver than a starter.
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.