Thursday, March 28, 2013
McShay's mock draft 4.0: AFC North
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay put together his Mock 4.0 . 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
: 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.