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Draft Grades: AFC North

A division known as maybe the strongest in football a few years ago, the AFC North looked a bit different last season. The Ravens joined the Browns in the top six of the draft, the lowest draft pick for the Ravens since 2003. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh met in the Wild Card game, which will now live in infamy for quite some time. This division may be the most improved after this draft, however, so expect this to be a tight race from start to finish.

Baltimore Ravens:

Round 1 Pick 6: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Round 2 Pick 42: Kamalei Correa, EDGE, Boise State
Round 3 Pick 70: Bronson Kaufusi, DL, BYU
Round 4 Pick 104: Tavon Young, CB, Temple
Round 4 Pick 107: Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati
Round 4 Pick 130: Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
Round 4 Pick 132: Willie Henry, DL, Michigan
Round 4 Pick 134: Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
Round 5 Pick 146: Matt Judon, EDGE, Grand Valley State
Round 6 Pick 182: Keenan Reynolds, ATH, Navy
Round 6 Pick 209: Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

Analysis: Well, the Ravens had one bad year, finally. And they took advantage of it. I wasn’t a fan of Stanley, but in lieu of the Tunsil incident, I understand it. Correa was another guy that I wasn’t crazy about, but the pick in the 2nd rather than the late 1st he was mocked in at times is better. I really liked Kaufusi, and other than him being 25, he’s a real nice pick in the 3rd round. The Ravens absolutely killed the 3rd day of the draft. Tavon Young will be a nice slot corner for them. Moore is a deep threat the team sorely needs, and Alex Lewis will provide tackle depth. Henry should contribute immediately along the DL, and Kenneth Dixon could conceivably win the job at running back, or at least a lot of carries. Judon is a small school rusher, but he provides more bodies at the position. Reynolds will likely have a tough go finding a home on the roster, but he’s a great locker room guy. Canady I really liked, and could contribute early for Baltimore in their secondary.

Grade: A-

Cincinnati Bengals:

Round 1 Pick 24: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
Round 2 Pick 55: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
Round 3 Pick 87: Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State
Round 4 Pick 122: Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor
Round 5 Pick 161: Christian Westerman, OL, Arizona State
Round 6 Pick 199: Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss
Round 7 Pick 245: Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Analysis: The Bengals have built their roster largely through the draft and this class should continue that trend. Rather than address need, the Bengals got good value on the majority of their picks. William Jackson III certainly doesn’t fill a need, but he adds another valuable cover man. Boyd was a hyper productive receiver in college, but didn’t fill the athletic profile most fans were looking for. Vigil is a run and hit linebacker, a nice pick in the 3rd. Billings was a 1st rounder for me, so getting him in the 4th is insane value. Westerman I also had rated higher than he was picked, so that’s another solid selection for the Bengals. Core is a stash and develop deep threat, but was decent value. Fejedelem is a special teamer deluxe, and could provide some safety depth or nickel linebacker depth.

Grade: B

Cleveland Browns:

Round 1 Pick 15: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Round 2 Pick 32: Emmanuel Ogbah, EDGE, Oklahoma State
Round 3 Pick 65: Carl Nassib, DL, Penn State
Round 3 Pick 76: Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
Round 3 Pick 93: Cody Kessler, QB, USC
Round 4 Pick 99: Joe Schobert, LB, Wisconsin
Round 4 Pick 114: Ricardo Louis, WR, Auburn
Round 4 Pick 129: Derrick Kindred, S, TCU
Round 4 Pick 138: Seth DeValve, WR/TE, Princeton
Round 5 Pick 154: Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA
Round 5 Pick 168: Spencer Drango, OL, Baylor
Round 5 Pick 172: Rashard Higgins, WR, Colorado State
Round 5 Pick 173: Trey Caldwell, CB, UL Monroe
Round 7 Pick 250: Scooby Wright III, LB, Arizona

Analysis: Whew, the Browns had a ton of picks due to trades and compensatory selections. Think they wanted some pass catchers? Coleman is the deep threat that RG3 will likely target often. Ogbah will be a big edge rusher for Ray Horton’s scheme. Nassib, although he led the country in sacks, will likely be a 5 technique in the Browns’ 3-4 scheme. The Shon Coleman pick surprised me, as he’s raw as hell. I didn’t have a draftable grade on him, but he’s got upside. Kessler was also a surprise pick, and a humongous reach. Hue Jackson has vouched for him, so I’ll give Hue the benefit of the doubt. Schobert was a nice pick in the 4th, he can play linebacker or in spots all over their front seven. Louis is another raw deep threat, he’s a physical specimen. Kindred is a thumper safety, a solid pick. DeValve was called the “FCS Gronk” by Emory Hunt of Football Gameplan, he’ll likely be a flex WR/TE. Payton is another solid receiver, he has great hands. Drango is likely a guard at the next level, but provides depth. Higgins is another good collegiate receiver. He’ll contribute. I can’t speak on Caldwell, but they took Scooby Wright where he should have been. I liked this draft a good bit, other than the last two 3rd rounders.

Grade: B+

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Round 1 Pick 25: Artie Burns, CB, Miami (FL)
Round 2 Pick 58: Sean Davis, DB, Maryland
Round 3 Pick 89: Javon Hargrave, DL, South Carolina State
Round 4 Pick 123: Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
Round 6 Pick 220: Travis Feeney, LB, Washington
Round 7 Pick 229: Demarcus Ayers, WR, Houston
Round 7 Pick 246: Tyler Matakevich, LB, Temple

Analysis: It’s pretty evident that the Steelers felt it was necessary to upgrade their defense. Burns is a high upside play, but is also an immediate upgrade over Antwon Blake. Sean Davis is another athletic upside guy. He can play corner or safety, but safety is his better position. Hargrave was a steal late in the 3rd. He’ll be a stud immediately in that rotation with Tuitt and Heyward. Hawkins is an upside pick as well, and will likely be the swing tackle. Feeney is a nice athlete at linebacker, and has rushed the passer and played off the ball. Ayers is an electric kick returner, and Matakevich is a football player through and through. I like a lot of these picks, no real reaches.

Grade: B+

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