As we reach the halfway point of our NFL Draft review, we now take a look at the AFC North. This division was one big parity in 2014 as three of its teams made the playoffs last season. This year these teams will be looking to get a great deal of separation from one another and the draft could help each franchise achieve that goal.
With that being said, here are the top draft picks for each AFC North team….
Best Draft Pick: Kentucky outside linebacker Bud Dupree (1st round).
Why: The Steelers needed to get younger at the outside linebacker spot and improve their pass rush. Dupree will allow them to do just that, plus he’ll give this defense a huge lift.
Outlook: Dupree will be a solid pass rusher for many years to come.
Best Draft Pick: Oregon offensive tackle Jake Fisher (2nd round).
Why: He has the size and athleticism that the Bengals needed on their front line, plus he’ll fit in with their offensive scheme.
Outlook: Expect Fisher to start as a rookie.
Best Draft Pick: Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman (1st round).
Why: Replacing Torrey Smith won’t be easy but selecting Perriman means the Ravens are definitely going to try.
Outlook: Perriman’s youth should blend in nicely with the veteran experience of Steve Smith Sr.
Best Draft Pick: The Browns really made a splash in the first round by drafting both Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton, and Florida State center Cameron Irving.
Why: Shelton is one of the best interior pass rushers in this year’s rookie class, he’s also a solid run stopper. As for Irving, the Browns already have a solid center in Alex Mack. But Mack is expected to test the free agent market after the 2015 season. And should he leave Cleveland, Irving gives the Browns a nice insurance policy. Plus Irving can play the other four offensive line positions as well.
Outlook: Expect both men to get a great deal of playing time this coming season.
Next up is the review of the NFC North.
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