Monday, April 22, 2013

AFC North Draft Preview

With less than a week until the NFL Draft, we're taking a look at what to expect from all 32 teams come Draft Day, including some recommended blogs to read and folks to follow on Twitter.

2012 Record: 10-6

Draft Picks: 32, 62, 94, 129, (130), 165, (168), 199, 200, (203), 238, (247)

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: iHateJJRedick (Blog/Twitter), BMoreBirdsNest (Blog/Twitter)

Draft Preview: The defending Super Bowl champs (vomit) benefited the most from compensatory  picks, getting one in each of the fourth through seventh round, giving them the second most picks in the draft. The Ravens have needs at linebacker, safety, wide receiver and along the offensive line. The Ravens have been involved in 5 first round trades in the last 5 years, trading out of the first round entirely in 2 of the last 3 years. Expect the Ravens to be active in the draft day trading market again this year.

2012 Record: 10-6

Draft Picks: 21, 37, 53, 84, 118, 156, 190, 197, (240), (251)

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Cincy Jungle

Draft Preview: Cincinnati doesn't have any glaring needs on the offensive side of the ball, though a complementary receiver to AJ Green wouldn't hurt them. On defense, their biggest need is at safety and linebacker. They have 2 second round picks this year so they certainly have the ammo to move up if there is someone they want.

2012 Record: 5-11

Draft Picks: 6, 68, 104, 139, 164, 175, 227

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Cleveland Frowns

Draft Preview: Cleveland has been involved in a first round trade in 4 of the last 6 drafts, so thinking they will stay put at #6 is nuts. Both of the previous times Cleveland had a new coach they traded down, and it's easy see them moving down again if someone wants to get ahead of Arizona for the 3rd LT (Johnson). Cleveland added some players on defense via free agency, but still needs help in the secondary and at WR.

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