Saturday, April 30, 2011
AFC North fourth-round notes
By James Walker
Several interesting draft picks came off the board in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
Here are some notes on the AFC North:
- The Cincinnati Bengals took Georgia offensive tackle Clint Boling in the fourth round. Boling also will get a look at guard, where the Bengals struggled last season. But Cincinnati could use versatility and depth at both positions next season.
- The Cleveland Browns made a somewhat surprising selection in the fourth round with USC tight end Jordan Cameron. Tight end is one of the few positions the Browns have depth with starter Benjamin Watson and backup Evan Moore.
- The Browns also took Stanford fullback Owen Marecic with their second fourth-round pick. This likely signals the end of veteran free agent Lawrence Vickers' tenure in Cleveland. Vickers is one of the top power fullbacks in the AFC. But the Browns are switching to a West Coast offense, where Vickers is no longer a great fit.
- The Baltimore Ravens continue to add youth at receiver by drafting Indiana's Tandon Doss in the fourth round. He will join fellow rookie Torrey Smith of Maryland to compete for backup roles behind starters Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers added their second cornerback from this draft in Cortez Allen from the Citadel. Pittsburgh was very thin at the position, but now has Allen and third-round pick Curtis Brown from Texas to add to the mix. With Ike Taylor and William Gay both free agents, there's no guarantee either player will return.