AFC North Post Draft Review

Cleveland Browns- Going into the 2012 Draft the Browns were looking to re-tool their offense and they feel they have done so. With their 1st pick, 3rd overall they selected Alabama RB Trent Richardson. Not only will Richardson be a shot in the arm to an anemic running game, but he will also help open things in the passing game as well. With their second pick, number 22 overall they selected QB Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State. I fell this was a mistake as their were more pressing needs such as receiver and offensive line. While most people are expecting Weeden to start right away, I am not sold on it. With their 2nd round pick they did address the offensive line by drafting Mitchell Scwartz of California. Although he can play both tackle positions he will line up on the right for the Browns. The Browns did finally address the receiver position with their first 4th round pick when they selected Travis Benjamin from Miami of Florida. Benjamin is speedy wide-out who can also return punts and kicks.

Cincinnati Bengals- Heading into this year’s draft the Bengals were looking to fill holes on both sides of the ball. With their first pick the Bengals selected Dre Kirkpatrick, which filled a need at the cornerback position. They then selected Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler, who should start immediately and fill a hole on the offensive line. They also snapped up a pair of receivers to compete for playing time opposite A.J. Green when they drafted Mohamed Sanu out of Rutgers, and Marvin Jones from California. In an attempt to bolster their running game they selected Dan Herron of Ohio State. Although Herron does not have great speed, he is a strong runner between the tackles.

Baltimore Ravens- Even though they had no first round picks, the Ravens still had a decent draft. With their 1st pick in the second round the Ravens selected Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw. Upshaw is expected to challenge Paul Kruger for a starting spot at the outside linebacker position.With their second pick in the second round they selected Kelechi Osemele. Even though he played tackle at Iowa State, Baltimore will more than likely move him to left guard where he will challenge Jah Reid for playing time. In the third round the Ravens selected RB Bernard Pierce of Temple to hopefully back-up Ray Rice. Pierce rushed for 3,570 yards and score 53 touchdowns in his college career.

Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers went in to the draft looking for offensive line help to keep Ben Rothlisberger upright in the 2012 season. They got the help they were looking for by drafting Stanford guard David DeCastro in the first round. They then turned around and drafted Ohio State tackle Mike Adams in the second round. Although Adams played left tackle for the Buckeyes, he will like back-up both sides with Pittsburgh.In the third round they drafted ILB Sean Spence out of Miami of Florida. Even though Spence played mostly outside linebacker in the 4-3 scheme at Miami, he will likely move to the inside in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense. In the fourth round the Steelers filled another need by selecting NT Alameda Ta’amu to be the heir apparent Casey Hampton.

Written By – Kevin Clarke- AFC North Writer

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