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March 23, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Jamison Hensley

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:00 PM)

Thanks for joining today's chat. Sorry for the move from Wednesday but I'm glad you were able to get the audible. Let's kick off the chat now.

Tim (Cleveland) [via mobile]

Should the Browns use their first round pick to go with a weapon for Colt or give up on him and pick a QB? I'm glad we didn't go after RG3 for he was to expensive but a new QB might be due.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:02 PM)

Tim: My preference would be to get a quarterback that would be an upgrade over Colt McCoy. But taking a quarterback at No. 4 is stretching. No quarterback is worth a top-10 pick outside of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. That's why the Browns need to focus on an offensive playmaker, either wide receiver Justin Blackmon or running back Trent Richardson.

Eric (New York)

It's my Birthday!

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:02 PM)

Well, Happy Birthday.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What Teams in the AFC North do you think Needs Running Backs in the 2012 NFL Draft?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:04 PM)

The AFC North teams that need a running back (in order): the Browns, Steelers, Ravens and Bengals. The Browns really need a starter because you can't trust two guys coming off injuries in Hardesty and Brandon Jackson. The Steelers could get by with Redman and Dwyer but they could help themselves by adding someone with experience. The Ravens are going with Anthony Allen as the backup to Ray Rice right now, but things could change if he struggles. And the Bengals could still draft a running back to go with BJGE and Bernard Scott.

Dave (Pasadena, CA)

Hey JH, it appears the Bengals still have a huge hole at the #2WR spot that has yet to be filled during free agency. Would you be opposed to them using one of their two first-rounders on either Michael Floyd or Kendall Wright, if available?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:05 PM)

Floyd will be gone by the Browns get around to making their second first-round pick. Wright doesn't have the size you want but he does have speed, which is what the Browns desperately need.

Pete (Cincy)

Does DeCastro make it to #17? If not should Bengals grab Glenn at #17 or will he last until pick #21? Have a good weekend Sir.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:06 PM)

Pete: I think DeCastro has a good shot to making it to the Bengals. But he has been getting some good buzz lately, which might make him rise on someone's draft board. But typically, guards don't go in the top 15.

Brandon E. (Baltimore)

How much time does Baltimore have in the championship contender window before they are forced into a rebuilding mode of replacing older, star players?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:08 PM)

The Ravens' window won't necessarily close if young offensive players like Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Torrey Smith continue developing. The Ravens are also building the defense around Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata. So, there might be seasons where they won't be as strong as previous ones but I don't see the window closing. But it will hurt when they have to say goodbye to Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

Brad (Berkeley, CA)

Hey JH. I know the Steelers have other positions to worry about, but I want them to draft another mid to late round WR. I'm just not sure what kind of WR. Maybe if I knew what Haley's offense will look like. Right now, do you think it makes more sense to get another deep threat, or someone for the middle of the field, whether it is a tough WR or a pass catching TE?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:11 PM)

Brad: If you're looking at a wide receiver in the mid-rounds, a good-sized possession one would have value there. The wide receivers with speed go early. Also, I would like to see what Ben Roethlisberger could do with a pure pass-catching tight end. I think that would add another aspect to the passing game and compliment an all-around tight end like Heath Miller.

Chris (Baltimore)

I love the signing of Corey Graham to improve the Ravens special teams. However I think one area they really need to improve is their return game. Do you see any free agents who could fill this role, or do you think it is more likely that they will try to address the need in the draft?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:12 PM)

Chris: There will always be a few guys out there, but I think the Ravens missed their best chances to boost the return game when they failed to get Ted Ginn and Eddie Royal. You can get a good returner in the middle rounds of the draft, too. But I agree that the Ravens should address this area.

ELee19 (Birmingham, AL)

Are there any teams interested in the Brown's #4 pick in the first Rd. What could they get for it?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:13 PM)

ELee: The value of the Browns' No. 4 pick will go way up if the Vikings surprisingly take Justin Blackmon and OT Kalil falls to Cleveland. The Browns don't need a left tackle but someone who does will pay big to move up and get him.

Matt (Portsmouth, Ohio)

What are the chances the Bengals draft a WR in Rounds 1-2 now that the free agency pool has pretty much dried up?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:14 PM)

Matt: I was almost certain that the Bengals would get a No. 2 wide receiver in free agency. I'm scratching my head on why they didn't. But I don't see a clear-cut No. 2 wide receiver on the team right now. So, the chances of drafting a WR does go up. Although it's still a possibility, I don't like the idea of the Bengals re-signing Jerome Simpson.

Bryce (Computer)

Why did Kyle Orton and Jason Cambell sign as backup quarterbacks where they could easily start at quaterback in Cleveland or Miami.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:15 PM)

Bryce: Because the Browns and the Dolphins never expressed interest in Orton or Campbell.

Anthony (Cleveland)

With the Bengals and all their DBs right now do you see the Bengals not drafting a DB in the first round, and either drafting a WR or using the picks to move up, or get more picks?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:17 PM)

Anthony: I still wouldn't rule out CB in the first round. The Bengals need to think about an eventual replacement for Nate Clements, and Marvin Lewis likes taking CBs in the first round. But bringing in Jason Allen and Adam Jones does decrease the chances of that. It's just that Allen and Jones are not long-term solutions.

Brandon E. (Baltimore)

Is Jameel McClain the heir-apparant to Ray Lewis? He is only 26 and coming off the best season of his career, and Baltimore locked him up for 3 years.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:18 PM)

Brandon: McClain is a solid player but he is not close to being in the same class as Ray Lewis. You could tell by the lack of interest in McClain in free agency. The Ravens still need to find the eventual replacement to Lewis, and that could come in the draft.

TOMMY GUNNZ (Northern Cambria, PA)

What are the odds of the Browns parting ways with Joshua Cribbs in a draft day trade? He is great for the locker room, but I think we should get some value for him.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:19 PM)

Tommy: I just don't see the Browns having that type of luxury to give up one of their few playmakers.

Christian (South Carolina)

What made you change your mind about the Browns and RGIII. Just a month ago, you were saying how the Browns had to many holes to fill to give up that much, then you said Cleveland HAD to do it.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:22 PM)

Christian: What changed my mind was learning more about Robert Griffin III. In most cases, I would stick with more picks over taking one player. But the more you found out about RG3, the more you could tell that he was a franchise quarterback. When you get a player with that type of talent, athleticism, intelligence and charisma, you do whatever you can to get him. So, that's what changed. I didn't know you couldn't change your opinion. Never wrote it in stone.

Dave (San Diego, Ca)

I think the Browns are taking Trent Richardson, what are your thoughts?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:22 PM)

Dave: I like your thinking. I don't like take running backs this high, but everything I hear is that Richardson is really special. Some say he is the most talented player in the draft. That's why I would pick him over Blackmon.

Patrick (Raleigh)

Where should have the Bengals been ranked in the power rankings in your opinion?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:23 PM)

Patrick: I would put them in the 11-14 range. They made the playoffs last year and improved in several areas.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

Dillion: I like RB/WR or RB/OLB with the first-round picks. As far as the quarterback position, I honestly don't think you can upgrade over McCoy this season. The Browns will have to wait until next year.

Mark (Hawaii)

I saw that the Bengals just signed Pacman Jones good or bad signing?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:27 PM)

I'm kind of in the middle on this one. Jones played fine in the regular season but let up a big TD in the playoffs. Plus, there is the off-the-field incidents. It just seems like trouble finds him.

Ian (KC)

Hey JH. Liked your article on the Browns and Steelers Rbs.But do you think the Ravens are going to try and add a RB through free agency? There are still a lot of good names out there that would be great for depth.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:28 PM)

Ian: I think Benson would be a good No. 2 for the Ravens. But Baltimore seems set on giving Anthony Allen the first crack at being the backup. I still think that's a risk. You want more experience behind Rice like they had with McGahee and Williams.

Cloud1902 (Toledo)

As a joke for us AFCN bloggers can you say "The Browns are DOOOOOOOOOMED" :-D

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:29 PM)

No. But they are devastated.

Ravenous128 (Baltimore, MD)

Hey Jamison (sorry, your old Sun tagline always sticks out);With the Ravens free agent signings today, what are your thoughts on their backup running back situation? Will they address it in the draft, or make another free agent signing? I know I'm not comfortable with Anthony Allen as the primary backup.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:31 PM)

Ravenous: I'm not sold on Allen either. I thought he did OK in the preseason last year. I think the Ravens could get Cedric Benson at a pretty cheap price. I'm just not sure if the Ravens want his baggage.

Brian (Texas)

Why did M. Bush not garner more interest from Cincinnati?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:32 PM)

It looks like they're sold on BJGE. When it comes down to two players, it's not a bad thing to go with the player from the Patriots. You want winners in the locker room.

Scanster (Baltimore)

Hey JH, how serious are the durability concerns with Peter Konz? Do you still think he is the best pick of what's likely to be available at #29?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:34 PM)

Scanster: I think those are legitimate concerns. I do like the idea of using Konz at left guard so he can learn on the job from Matt Birk. But it is definitely a risk considering his history. Still, if I remember correctly, there's a good track record with Wisconsin linemen.

Ravenous128 (Baltimore, MD)

What team are you a homer of this week, Jamison?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:34 PM)

I'll give you one hint: I'm smiling like Hines Ward.

Cloud1902 (Ohio)

What is your first round mock draft for the AFC North?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:35 PM)

It begins with Andrew Luck and ends with the best TE going to the Giants.

Joe (St. Augustine)

Odds Mike Wallace signs a long term contract with steelers this season?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:35 PM)

Not sure when it gets done, but I think it eventually will.

Andrew (Philadelphia)

Would the best thing for the Browns this year be to have a terrible season and grab Barkley in the draft next season?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:36 PM)

I hate the idea of tanking a season. When you do that, coaches and front-office people risk not being around to take those players.

taken (Baltimore)

What do you see as the priority for the Ravens - appeasing Flacco, Rice, or signing Webb?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:36 PM)

No question: Flacco.

jdille124 (Texas)

Do you play favorites on these chats??? Where's the love for newbies?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:37 PM)

The best way to get a question answered is to use "Ravens" somewhere in your post. All the favorites know this.

Vince (Maryland)

Not sure why there is talk of "replacing R. Lewis". He cannot be "replaced". Expectations need to be set that Ravens can still succeed with a very good LB. Minds have to open to fact that maybe the D can be just as dominate with "irreplacable" guys in other positions (like a Suggs, Ngata, etc.). They have shown that they CAN win with R. Lewis on the sideline injured. Same for "replacing E. Reed".

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:38 PM)

Good point made.

Colton (Maryland)

Put a percentage on Mike Wallace leaving the AFC North?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:39 PM)

I would say between 10 to 15 percent. If the report is true that he wants Fitzgerald money, then the percentage is zero.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:40 PM)

Thanks everyone for participating in the chat. I have to crank out some more blogs. Hope you have a great weekend and always keep clicking on the blog.