- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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It wasn't a stellar year for the 2012 draft class in the AFC North, but five newcomers from the division were still named to Mel Kiper Jr.'s All-Rookie team. You'll need a subscription to read the entire piece because it's part of Insider. Here are the players who made the team (along with my comment):
Wide receiver: Josh Gordon, Browns. He went from a project to becoming a future No. 1 receiver in Cleveland. Gordon will need to improve his consistency, but he has shown the ability to make big plays downfield.
Right tackle: Kelechi Osemele, Ravens. My pick here would've been another rookie in the division, the Browns' Mitchell Schwartz, who allowed two fewer sacks and six fewer quarterback hurries. Osemele, though, played better than anticipated at tackle after working at guard in training camp.
Center: Trevor Robinson, Bengals. The undrafted rookie did an admirable job in filling in for Kyle Cook and played better than veteran Jeff Faine at that spot. Still, Robinson got this by default since there wasn't much competition.
Outside linebacker: Vontaze Burfict, Bengals. Another undrafted rookie for the Bengals who made a surprising impact. He stepped in for last year's leading tackler, Thomas Howard, and became an explosive tackler.
It wasn't a stellar year for the 2012 draft class in the AFC North, but five newcomers from the division were still named to Mel Kiper Jr.'s All-Rookie team.