Friday, April 26, 2013
AFC North: Second and third round recap
By Jamison Hensley
Here is a quick recap of what happened in the AFC North on Friday night:
Second round: 37. RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina. Bernard provides the speed and playmaking ability that the Bengals wanted to add this year. He is also an effective receiver. Bernard is a sudden change of pace compared to BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Second round: 53. DE Margus Hunt, Southern Methodist. Even though the Bengals have depth on the defensive line, they couldn't pass up this freak athlete from Estonia. He's a developmental value pick who will make an immediate impact on special teams, especially in blocking kicks.
Third round: 84. SS Shawn Williams, Georgia. The Bengals waited until the third round to address safety, and it's unknown if Williams can fill the void at strong safety. He's an in-the-box defender who is strong and durable.
Third round: 68. CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State. He lacks elite size (5-foot-9) and speed but he's experienced and has good awareness. The Browns will give him a shot to start opposite Joe Haden.
Second round: 56. ILB Arthur Brown, Kansas State. Brown is an instinctive, sideline-to-sideline linebacker. He isn't the biggest or the fastest. Brown just finds a way to get to the ball.
Third round: 94. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State. Williams is hard-working athlete who can play anywhere along the line and may press underachieving nose tackle Terrence Cody. He's a native Australian who grew up playing rugby.
Second round: 48. RB Le'veon Bell, Michigan State. There has been criticism that he doesn't run with the power of a back his size. Bell, though, gets yards after contact and is a weapon in the passing game. He's an every-down back.
Third round: 79. WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State. Wheaton is a great leaper who can run after the catch. But he doesn't provide size to a wide receiver group that desperately needs it.