- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay offered his first mock of the draft season last month, and Mel Kiper followed this week with his Mock 1.0. As always, you'll need an Insider subscription to see the entire post. But I have received permission to share with you some details about the teams in the division:
Kiper's pick: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Hensley's comment: Werner, who had 13 sacks last season, would fill a big need as a pass-rusher. But Kiper said Werner is a 4-3 end and wouldn't fit if the Browns switched to a 3-4. Werner has drawn comparisons to the Rams' Chris Long in terms of motor.
Kiper's pick: Ezekiel Ansah, LB, BYU
Hensley's comment: Ansah is a massive athlete who is being compared to Jason Pierre-Paul. He could become a top-10 pick if he tests well over the coming months. But, with Ansah being 270-plus pounds, he seems more suited to be a 4-3 defensive end than a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Kiper's pick: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Hensley's comment: If the Bengals are going to use a first-round pick on a running back, he's going to be a home-run threat. Ball looks too much like the back that the Bengals already have in BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Cincinnati needs to add speed to the backfield.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Kiper's pick: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Hensley's comment: Inside linebacker wouldn't be as big of a need if the Ravens can re-sign Dannell Ellerbe, who replaced Ray Lewis when he was injured during the season. Minter is a tackling machine who is a dominant force against the run. He's also an extremely safe pick with no off-the-field trouble.
Just for fun, here's what Kiper had for the first picks for each AFC North team in his first mock draft last year:
Browns: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Bengals: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Steelers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Ravens: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State