Saturday, April 27, 2013
AFC North: Fourth and fifth rounds
By Jamison Hensley
Let's take a quick look at what the division teams did in the fourth and fifth rounds:
CINCINNATI BENGALS: The Bengals added much needed speed to their linebacker group with Texas A&M's Sean Porter (fourth round). The outside linebacker is known as a blitzer and will make an immediate impact on special teams. ... Kansas G-T Tanner Hawkinson (fifth round) is a four-year starter who improved his stock in the combine drills. According to Pro Football Weekly, he is nicknamed "Ricky Bobby" because he looks like Will Ferrell.
CLEVELAND BROWNS: The Browns are obviously looking to the future on Day 3 with two trades. They sent their fourth-round pick (No. 111 overall) to the Steelers for a third-rounder in 2014. Cleveland then dealt their fifth-round pick (No. 139) to the Colts for a fourth-rounder in 2014.
BALTIMORE RAVENS: With WR Quinton Patton being selected right before their pick, the Ravens continued to go with defense, taking Ohio State DE-OLB John Simon in the fourth round. He was the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year last season but may not have the athleticism for the next level. ... Harvard FB Kyle Juszczyk (fourth round) was Baltimore's first offensive player taken in this draft. This could lead to the Ravens asking FB Vonta Leach to take a pay cut. He is scheduled to earn $3 million in the final year of his contract. ... Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner (fifth round) is a gritty right tackle prospect. He could struggle with the speed of NFL pass-rushers.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: The first pick in the division on Day 3 was a Steelers-type safety. Pittsburgh traded with Cleveland to move up to take Syracuse's Shamarko Thomas, a hard-hitting, high-motor defensive back who will have a shot to start in 2014. How much did the Steelers like Thomas? They sent their 2014 third-round pick to the Browns to get him. ... The Steelers decided to go with Oklahoma's Landry Jones as their developmental quarterback. Pittsburgh took him in the fourth round, the highest the Steelers have used a pick on a quarterback since drafting Ben Roethlisberger in the 2004 first round. ... Like they usually do at this point in the draft, the Steelers took a cornerback in the fifth round. Illinois' Terry Hawthorne can make athletic plays and has experience as a returner. Some questions about mental toughness linger.