Friday, April 5, 2013
McShay's mock draft 4.1: AFC North
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay put together a Mock 4.1 . How is this different from his Mock 4.0? This one doesn't include any quarterbacks in the first round. But this version is still Insider, so you'll need a subscription to view the entire post. Lucky for you, I can show you how the AFC North teams fared in this latest mock draft:
6. Cleveland Browns
McShay's pick: Ezekiel Ansah, DE-LB, BYU
Hensley's comment: Not sure Ansah is going to make it past the Jaguars (No. 2) and Lions (No. 5). He isn't a safe pick by any means. But Ansah has a very strong upside as a pass-rusher. The Browns continue to be linked to Ansah and Dion Jordan even though they spent a lot of money on Paul Kruger in free agency and plan to convert Jabaal Sheard to a 3-4 outside linebacker.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
McShay's pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Hensley's comment: Jones has been matched up with the Steelers in many mock drafts, and for good reason. The Steelers ruled out bringing back James Harrison after he refused to take a pay cut and they have to be concerned about Jason Worilds' ability to make an impact as a full-time starter. There is a good chance that Jones will fall in the first round because of medical concerns and a disappointing performance on his pro day.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
McShay's pick: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
: McShay continues to put Trufant with the Bengals even though this isn't a top need for the team. Dre Kirkpatrick
was selected in the first round last year, Leon Hall
is 28 and has three years left on his contract and Terence Newman
and Adam Jones
were both re-signed. The Bengals hope safety Kenny Vaccaro
will fall, but McShay has him going in the top 20. The Bengals could also look at a wide receiver like California's Keenan Allen
or Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins
32. Baltimore Ravens
McShay's pick: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Hensley's comment: It's no secret that the Ravens need a receiver. They didn't replace Anquan Boldin after he was traded to the 49ers. It's hard to believe that the Ravens will go with either Jacoby Jones, Tandon Doss, David Reed or Deonte Thompson as their No. 2 receiver. 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.