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April 11, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Jamison Hensley

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:07 PM)

Hello everyone. Sorry for being a little late. I was wrapping up another Flacco blog. So, let's kick off the chat.

Ashwin (Cincy)

Any truth to Rivers and a 1 (i'm guessing our second) for Osi and 5?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:08 PM)

Ashwin: I think the Bengals would be extremely happy if they could get a fifth-round draft pick for Rivers. They wouldn't even need a player in return to make it a good deal for Cincinnati. Given Rivers' injury history, I think the best they could hope for would be a fifth-rounder.

Casey (Cincinnati)

With picking up Terrence Newman and Jacob Bell, where will the Bengals focus there first 3 picks in the draft?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:09 PM)

Casey: I still see the Bengals looking at wide receiver, guard and either CB or safety. Most of the corners that the Bengals signed are short-term options. It doesn't affect their big-picture plans in the draft.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:10 PM)

Adam: I think the Steelers will take the best player available. As I mentioned in my column today, the Steelers have hit on every first-round pick since 2000. That's an amazing run considering they usually pick in the bottom half of the first round. Plus, the Steelers have so many issues with depth that any player will help fill a void as a backup at first.

David (State College)

JH, Hampton may not return and NT is the cog in the 3-4 for the Steelers D. Do we go after Poe (trade up), take best available NT, or take Hightower in Round 1?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:12 PM)

I would be surprised if the Steelers moved up. That's not their MO. They usually sit there and take the best player. At this point, and this could change, I still see them taking Hightower. But I also see them taking a NT somewhere in the draft. The fallback option is moving Ziggy Hood to NT. I don't expect Hampton to be ready to start the season.

Andrew (College Park, MD)

Even though the draft is 15 days away I still can't put my finger on what the Ravens are going to do. Will they draft C Peter Konz? Or go with WR Stephen Hill? Or maybe ILB Dont'a Hightower will slide or is it S Harrison Smith? What do you think will end up happening

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:14 PM)

Andrew: This is a wide-open year for the Ravens. I might be wrong, but I haven't gotten the sense that the Ravens are in love with Konz. There are some medical red flags with him. Of the players you mentioned, Hill would be the highest-rated player -- I suspect even higher than Hightower. The Ravens haven't fared well with taking WRs in the first round, but Hill is an intriguing prospect, especially when teamed with Torrey Smith.

Brad (Berkeley, CA)

Hey JH. Assuming the Steelers retain Wallace, they still need depth. Would resigning Cotchery and draft a mid to late round WR be enough? Or should they make a play for a low end, mentoring style FA?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:17 PM)

Brad: I think Cotchery would do the trick here. Roethlisberger has campaigned to bring him back. The Steelers need another WR because there's not much after Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. And Tomlin expressed concern that Sanders can stay healthy. But Cotchery proved, especially late second half of the season, that he would be a solid No. 3 or No. 4 option.

D-Bo (st. pete, FL)

Lets say the Steelers do draft LB Hightower in the 1st Rd.. they still really need OL help and depth at Nose Tackle. Who do you think they go after int he 2nd Rd?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:19 PM)

There will be a lot of great value on running backs in the second round. The Steelers can find some quality nose tackles in the third and fourth round. It could be tough to find an offensive lineman who can make an immediate impact after the first two rounds.

Bret (St. Paul, MN)

Can Jonathan Dwyer be better than Isaac Redman?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:20 PM)

Redman certainly has the upper hand going into training camp, but he is far from a lock to start the season as the No. 1 back. Dwyer has shown some flashes.

Mike (Knoxville, TN)

Should the Browns go with an OG prospect like Cordy Glenn, or with the best WR available at #22?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:21 PM)

Are you ruling out DeCastro going to the Bengals at No. 17. I would be shocked if the Bengals passed on a wide receiver and guard with two picks in the first round.

Bob (Ohio)

While I understand the concept of stockpiling draft picks to better your team, why would the Browns consider doing that again, when it clearly hasn't worked before?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:22 PM)

Heckert, like a lot of GMs, thinks more picks give you a higher chance of hitting on more players. But at some point, you have to grab the playmaker when you're sitting in the top 5.

Logan (Tennessee)

Do you think the Ravens have any chance to take Hightower? If not Hightower is Konz still the go to needed now that we have Birk for a bit longer?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:22 PM)

If the Steelers pass on Hightower at No. 24, there is a good chance that he falls to the Ravens at No. 29.

c-town Browns fan (The best location in the nation - Cleveland)

Please tell me that the Browns will not move out of #4, and will take Blackmon.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:23 PM)

I predict you will be half right. I say stay at No. 4 and take Trent Richardson.

Mike (Raleigh, NC)

Hey Jamison,I like your comments yesterday in the AFCN Blog about the Browns getting quality over quantity in this year's draft. They have 3 out of the 1st 37 picks. You suggested they should trade some of those later picks for earlier picks. What's the chances Cleveland will do that? The choosing Filet Mignon over hamburger. Both are good but sometimes quality wins over. Thanks!

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:25 PM)

Mike: I think the Browns have to think about using some of those picks to move up and get a coveted player, whether that means moving up in the second or third rounds. The Browns have 13 picks and you can't expect 13 players will make this team. Of course, the Browns can't trade any of their compensatory picks.

pgheasy (phila., pa)

can you turn on the auto update so i can stop refreshing my page....thanx

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:26 PM)

Did that help?

devin (mesa, az) [via mobile]

Do you see the Steelers taking a back like l. James in the draft?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:27 PM)

Devin: I see the Steelers taking a running back in this draft. I favor David Wilson from Virginia Tech. He is explosive.

Shawn (NY)

What does the Steeler's cap number look like next year?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:28 PM)

If this is a flat cap next year, the Steelers will be tight against the cap again.

Nick (Dayton)

what grade would you give the Bengals if 1st 3 picks are De Castro , Gilmore and Miller ?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:29 PM)

C-plus or B-minus. I really like DeCastro. Not sure Gilmore is strong enough to hold up in one-on-one coverage and I like other backs over Miami's Miller.

Joe (Cleveland)

Who do you think the Browns will target in the 2nd round?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:30 PM)

If the Browns can get Trent Richardson and a WR in the first round, I see them targeting a RT if there is a good one available. My ESPN colleagues Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both have the Browns taking QB Brandon Weeden in the second round.

Noah (Rimersburg, PA)

Could the Steelers be as good or better without some of their star players such as Harrison and Farrior?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:32 PM)

I don't think so. They could upgrade over Farrior but they will miss his leadership. I'm not sure there is an argument on how the Steelers would be better without Harrison. If there is, I would like to see you go to Harrison in person to tell him.

Daniel (Baltimore, MD)

By taking a WR like Hill in round 1 wouldn't the Ravens essentially be giving up on Tandon Doss and/or Laquan Williams?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:32 PM)

No. Boldin probably has one year left. Doss could become the No. 3 WR.

Brian (PA )

JH, defenses around the league are stepping up their pass rush. If Matt Kalil is somehow available at #4, wouldn't he be a smart pick for the Browns considering the strong pass rushes of their divisional rivals?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:33 PM)

Not a fan of using a top-5 pick on a right tackle.

Ryan (Nashville)

Do you see Decastro or Glenn falling to the ravens even if they trade back and possibly trades up to the patriots, 49ers, or giants?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:34 PM)

Don't see any scenario of the Ravens getting DeCastro. Glenn could be a prospect who falls, though.

Jake H. (Altoona, PA)

Even though the Steelers rarely trade up in the first round, what's the chance of them trading up to say, #10, if the Carolina Panthers pass on Dontari Poe? He seems like a beast that should easily replace Casey Hampton.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:35 PM)

I just don't see the Steelers using picks to trade up for anyone. They have to use all of their picks to address some depth issues.

Brandon (Cincinnati)

With the Bengals picking up free agent CB Newman, how does that shake up what the Bengals are going to do with the 17th and 21st picks? As always, thanks Jamison!

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:36 PM)

The additions of Newman, Jason Allen and Adam Jones are short-term fixes. I don't see them affecting the Bengals' draft strategy at all. Taking a CB in the first round is still a possibility for Cincy.

George (pa.)

Whats the odds Steelers go R/B in second round?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:37 PM)

I say pretty good. Redman is a stop-gap starter. Mendenhall will be a free agent after this season. This would be a good time to get another running back for the future.

Eric (New York)

Hey Jamison,Keep up the great work.If the Browns have the possibility to trade down from 22 to the later in the first round for an additional 2nd or 3rd round pick, would you do it?Thanks!

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:38 PM)

With all the picks the Browns have, I think the mindset should be trading up for a player that they covet. They need difference-makers, not picks.

pgheasy (phila., pa)

do you think that pope will be better than spaeth was when he was a steeler?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:40 PM)

I don't have a great read on Pope. He has all the measurables to be a pretty good tight end. But he has never caught more than 24 passes in a season and he was flagged for a bunch of penalties with Kansas City. So, he has the potential to be better but not if he continues to make mistakes.

Ryan (Nashville)

If the ravens are able to acquire an extra pick in the second or third round how does a draft of glenn, konz, sanu, and terrell mannning sound?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:41 PM)

Getting Glenn and Konz would certainly set up the Ravens' offense for years to come. But there are some questions about Konz' health.

arendjd (Enid, OK)

Other than age, why do you think Weeden couldn't beat out McCoy for a starting spot? Especially if the Browns pick his WR Blackmon in the first round.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:43 PM)

Weeden is used to have his receivers getting more separation than what he'll get in the NFL. The defenses that Weeden and RG3 faced last year were awfully soft. So, it will be an adjustment for Weeden at this level.

Tyler (Dayton)

Any movement or interest on the Mike Wallace front?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:44 PM)

Nothing to report, which is actually a good thing for Steelers fans. Teams have nine days left to sign him to an offer sheet.

Kyle (Lock Haven PA)

If Big Ben is healthy and he learns Todd Haley's offense quickly, could Mike Wallace have a 2000 yard receiving season?

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:46 PM)

I think it would be highly unlikely that Wallace will reach 2,000 yards. And, if he did hit that mark, the Steelers probably won't be able to afford him when he reaches free agency at the end of the 2012 season.

Jamison Hensley (ESPN)
  (2:46 PM)

Thanks to everyone for a great chat. We will do this again next week. Take care and have a great weekend.