Thursday, April 12, 2012
Todd McShay's mock 5.0: AFC North style
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN's Todd McShay offered the fifth version of his 2012 mock draft this week. It's a little different than his previous ones because he discusses the different scenarios facing each team. Here's a look at the AFC North part of it:
4. Cleveland Browns
Version 1.0: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Version 2.0: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Version 3.0: Richardson
Version 4.0: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Current pick: Richardson
Hensley's comment: I've been on board for the past few weeks with this selection. McShay brings up the possibility of the Browns taking Blackmon or quarterback Ryan Tannehill here. For me, Richardson is the clear-cut choice. Blackmon lacks elite speed and Tannehill is too much of a risk.
17. Cincinnati Bengals
Version 1.0: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Version 2.0: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Version 3.0: Kirkpatrick
Version 4.0: DeCastro
Current pick: DeCastro
Hensley's comment: McShay believes the decision to take DeCastro would be tougher if Alabama safety Mark Barron was available here, too. My feeling is the Bengals don't think twice about taking DeCastro here unless wide receiver Michael Floyd surprisingly falls (which won't happen).
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Version 1.0: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Version 2.0: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Version 3.0: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Version 4.0: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Current pick: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Hensley's comment: Like McShay, I could see the Bengals addressing corner at this spot if someone like Kirkpatrick is still on the board. But taking Wright makes sense. His speed and playmaking ability would prove troublesome to defenses focusing their attention on A.J. Green.
22. Cleveland Browns
Version 1.0: Kevin Reddick, OLB, North Carolina
Version 2.0: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Version 3.0: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Version 4.0: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Current pick: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Hensley's comment: Not sure I would go with Martin, especially with Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill on the board. The Browns can get an offensive tackle like Bobby Massie early in the second round.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Version 1.0: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Version 2.0: Adams
Version 3.0: Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Version 4.0: Hightower
Current pick: Hightower
Hensley's comment: I can see Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn being tempting at this pick for the Steelers, but McShay has him going at No. 18 to San Diego. Hightower would step into the void left by James Farrior. Pittsburgh could also take an offensive lineman or cornerback in the first round.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Version 1.0: Adams
Version 2.0: Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
Version 3.0: Peter Konz, C-G, Wisconsin
Version 4.0: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
Current pick: Smith
Hensley's comment: If Smith is the best player available here, I can see the Ravens trying to move back. There's also a chance that the Ravens could try to move up if Hill slips down around their range. One name that McShay mentioned -- Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler -- is another possibility here.