NFL Nation: Wake Forest

Morning take: NFL draft

April, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Forty-eight hours before the NFL draft, it's officially "smoke-screen day" in the media and AFC North.

Morning take: (Cough) Sorry, some smoke just entered the room.

Morning take: (Cough, cough).

  • According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals are hoping to draft Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry (and not an offensive tackle).

Morning take: (Cough, cough, cough).

Morning take: (Cough, cough, cough, cough).

  • Also according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns "have fallen in love" with Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree.

Morning take: (Cough, cough, cough, cough, cough) OK, get me out of here! I'm suffocating.

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories in the AFC North:

  • Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to compete for a starting job.

Morning take: With this domino falling, expect the Steelers to strike a deal with veteran quarterback Charlie Batch very soon to become Ben Roethlisberger's backup in 2009.

  • The Kansas City Chiefs signed veteran linebacker Zach Thomas to a one-year contract this weekend.

Morning take: Why is this important to the AFC North? With starting linebackers Thomas, Mike Vrabel and Derrick Johnson in Kansas City, it is now possible for Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry to fall to the Cleveland Browns with the fifth overall pick.

Morning take: The feeling I gather is the player wants out and the team does not want to comply -- unless it's at the right price. Coming off a down year, the "right price" for Cincinnati doesn't seem attainable.

  • New St. Louis Rams quarterback Kyle Boller says he has few regrets from his time with the Baltimore Ravens.

Morning take: Boller took a pounding early in his career and never recovered with the Ravens. It will be interesting to see if he can take advantage of a fresh start.

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