Friday, April 29, 2011
AFC North makes run on WRs
By James Walker
The Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers made late second-round picks in rapid succession Friday night.
Baltimore came up first and selected speedy Maryland receiver Torrey Smith at No. 58. It was a solid value pick close to home and a good addition to a veteran group that includes Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason.
The run on receivers continued with the Browns selecting North Carolina receiver Greg Little with the next pick at No. 59. It was Cleveland's second pick of the round courtesy of Thursday's blockbuster deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Little missed all of 2010 via suspension and was the first offensive pick for the Browns, who are trying to get help for young quarterback Colt McCoy.
With the second-to-last pick of the round, the Pittsburgh Steelers broke the streak on receivers by drafting Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert with No. 63 pick. The Steelers needed youth at the position and added much-needed depth there in the second round.