AFC North's four-year draft review

May, 5, 2014
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With the NFL draft finally taking place this week, ESPN.com's team reporters Jamison Hensley, Scott Brown and Pat McManamon take a look at the past four drafts for the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers:

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Total picks: 33. Picks still on roster: 23 (70 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 8. Pro Bowl players drafted: 0.

Best player: Wide receiver Torrey Smith (second round, 2011). This was a tough call over cornerback Jimmy Smith. While Jimmy Smith made a significant impact last season, Torrey Smith has a much better body of work. Torrey Smith became the first Ravens receiver to produce 1,000 yards since Derrick Mason in 2009. His 17.4 yards per catch ranked fifth in the NFL last season.

Best value: Tight end Dennis Pitta (fourth round, 2010). Not only was Pitta the seventh tight end drafted that year, he was the second one taken by the Ravens in that draft. Pitta has developed into a go-to target for Joe Flacco in the red zone and on third downs. In the Ravens' Super Bowl season, Pitta's seven touchdowns tied Todd Heap's 2005 team record for tight ends.

Biggest disappointment: Pass-rusher Sergio Kindle (second round, 2010). Kindle created more headlines off the field, from fracturing his skull after falling down two flights of stairs to his drunken driving arrest. He played a total of three games and is the only player from that draft not currently on an NFL roster right now.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Total picks: 37. Picks still on roster: 24 (65 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 8. Pro Bowl players drafted: 4.

Best player: Wide receiver A.J. Green (first round, 2011). This was an easy decision because Green's 3,833 yards receiving is the second-most of any player in his first three seasons (trailing only Randy Moss). He was one of three receivers in the league to rank in the top 10 in both yards and touchdowns last season.

Best value: Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (fourth round, 2010). He was the best interior pass-rusher in the game before tearing his ACL last season. Atkins recorded 18.5 sack in his last 25 games before the injury.

Biggest disappointment: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (first round, 2012). You can't label him a bust, but he hasn't lived up to expectations. Injuries have hurt his development. Still, he has yet to beat out aging corners like Terence Newman and Adam Jones.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Total picks: 33. Picks still on roster: 17 (51 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 7. Pro Bowl players drafted: 3.

Best player: Wide receiver Josh Gordon (second round, 2012 supplemental draft). His eye-opening season puts him among the elite of NFL receivers. Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur were widely questioned for using a second-round pick on Gordon, but now it looks like a steal.

Best value pick: Tight end Jordan Cameron (fourth round, 2011): Developing into a standout tight end when the Browns took him in the fourth round after he had barely played at USC.

Biggest disappointment: Running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden (first round, 2012): The Browns moved up a spot to take Richardson with the third overall pick and he was didn't even last three games into his second season before being traded. Weeden was Mike Holmgren's hand-picked quarterback, and he is the second of two first-round picks in 2012 no longer with the team.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Totals picks: 35. Picks still on the roster: 20 (57 percent). Picks who are currently projected as starters: 12. Pro Bowl players drafted: 2.

Best player: Wide receiver Antonio Brown (sixth round, 2010). Brown set a Steelers single-season record with 1,499 receiving yards in 2013 and his teammates voted him Steelers MVP for the second time in three seasons. Brown gives the Steelers added value as a punt returner and he is one of the best picks they have made in recent years as they got him with the second of their two six-round picks in 2010.

Best value: Offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (seventh round, 2012). Beachum had been a valuable reserve because of his versatility. Then the Steelers turned to him when Mike Adams flopped at left tackle last season and Beachum played well in 11 starts while protecting Ben Roethlisberger's blind side, and his emergence is why let tackle isn't a glaring need for the Steelers in the draft. And to think Beachum was the Steelers' final pick in 2012 and No. 248 overall.

Worst pick: Cornerback Curtis Brown (third round, 2011). The Steelers released Brown after he didn't contribute much beyond special teams in three seasons. The selection of cornerback Cortez Allen in the fourth round helps ease this miss as Allen projects as a long-term starter. But the Brown pick in one reason why cornerback may be the Steeler's biggest need in this draft.

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