October 26, 2014

Sortin’ Through The Pieces: AFC North

Before we complete this series leading up to the draft, it is worth a peak at the picks that the other teams in the division and where their picks are scheduled. Know your enemy!


CLEVELAND BROWNS

Oh, the Browns. I almost feel bad making fun of them. Almost. It’s a good thing they have 13 picks, because their roster is in need of a serious overhaul.

  • Rd 1, pick 4  (#4 overall)
  • Rd 1, pick 22  (#22 overall) — from Falcons
  • Rd 2, pick 5  (#37 overall)
  • Rd 3, pick 4  (#67 overall)
  • Rd 4, pick 5  (#100 overall)
  • Rd 4, pick 23  (#118 overall) — from Falcons
  • Rd 5, pick 4  (#139 overall)
  • Rd 5, pick 25  (#160 overall) — from Broncos
  • Rd 6, pick 34  (#204 overall) — compensatory
  • Rd 6, pick 35  (#205 overall) — compensatory
  • Rd 7, pick 4  (#211 overall)
  • Rd 7, pick 38  (#245 overall) – compensatory
  • Rd 7, pick 40  (#247 overall) – compensatory

The Browns have needs all over the place. If they ever stumble into drafting a franchise QB, they may actually begin to put the pieces of a real NFL team together. Only 5 of their 13 picks come in the top 100, but they should walk away with at least three impact players if they do a good job.

Interesting note: both the Bengals and Browns will have picked twice in the 1st round before the Ravens or Steelers make a selection (assuming no trades).


BALTIMORE RAVENS

The Ravens should be good again this year despite losing some valuable pieces in free agency. They have the fewest scheduled picks of all AFC North teams.

  • Rd 1, pick 29  (#29 overall)
  • Rd 2, pick 28  (#60 overall)
  • Rd 3, pick 28  (#91 overall)
  • Rd 4, pick 35  (#130 overall) — compensatory
  • Rd 5, pick 29  (#164 overall)
  • Rd 5, pick 34  (#169 overall) — compensatory
  • Rd 6, pick 28  (#198 overall)
  • Rd 7, pick 29  (#236 overall)

Ozzie Newsome has a nose for good players, and he will find guys to fill holes and make an impact. Now if he could only find the talent that Joe Flacco thinks he has, he would be in great shape.


PITTSBURGH STEELERS

The Steelers had to cut ties with several aging players because of salary cap issues, including the hated Wines Hard Hines Ward.

  • Rd 1, pick 24  (#24 overall)
  • Rd 2, pick 24  (#56 overall)
  • Rd 3, pick 23  (#86 overall)
  • Rd 4, pick 24  (#119 overall)
  • Rd 5, pick 24  (#159 overall)
  • Rd 6, pick 23  (#193 overall)
  • Rd 7, pick 24  (#231 overall)
  • Rd 7, pick 33  (#240 overall) – compensatory
  • Rd 7, pick 39  (#246 overall) – compensatory
  • Rd 7, pick 41  (#248 overall) – compensatory
The Steelers will be looking to get young over the next couple of drafts. That will mean more tough decisions next year to keep young, talented guys like Mike Wallace who will be looking for a big payday soon. This draft will be a big test of their scouting department, because more than half of their picks come in round 5 or later when the pickings are getting thin.