McShay's mock draft 4.0: AFC North

March, 28, 2013
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ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay put together his Mock 4.0 Insider. This version is different because McShay goes two rounds. 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:

6. Cleveland Browns

McShay's first-round pick: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

McShay's second-round pick: Browns don't have one.

Hensley's comment: Milliner will become a popular pick with the Browns, especially if they fail to sign Brent Grimes in free agency. The Browns haven't replaced last year's starter Sheldon Brown and don't have anyone else on the roster who can step into the starting lineup. That would put pressure on Cleveland to address it in the first round. In McShay's draft, linebacker Dion Jordan and defensive end-linebacker Ezekiel Ansah were both off the board by the time the Browns picked. The Browns don't have a second-round pick (used last year to pick up wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft).

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

McShay's first-round pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

McShay's second-round pick: Robert Woods, WR, USC

Hensley's comment: For the second straight mock draft, McShay has Jones going to Pittsburgh. It makes sense. The Steelers ruled out James Harrison's return and they can't feel confident that Jason Worilds can take over that spot full-time. There is great value in taking Jones at this spot. He would be a top-five pick if not for concerns over his medical condition and disappointing pro day performance. If he did drop, it would be hard for the Steelers to pass on him. In the second round, the addition of Woods would provide much-needed young depth to the wide receiver group (the other backups are Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress). Woods runs great routes but had his share of drops in college.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

McShay's pick: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

McShay's second-round pick (from Oakland): Matt Elam, S, Florida

McShay's second-round pick: Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Hensley's comment: This is a tough one because McShay has safety Kenny Vaccaro and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker both getting selected just before the Bengals are on the clock. Cornerback isn't a big need for the Bengals because they used a first-round pick last year on Dre Kirkpatrick and Leon Hall is 28-years-old with three years left on his contract. Offensive tackle becomes the biggest need if the Bengals are unable to re-sign Andre Smith. The Bengals could also look at a wide receiver like California's Keenan Allen or Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins. In the second round, Elam would be an excellent pick there if he falls.


32. Baltimore Ravens

McShay's pick: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

McShay's second-round pick: Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

Hensley's comment: The Ravens don't usually reach for need in drafts, but it will be hard not to think about taking a wide receiver in the first round. Baltimore hasn't replaced Anquan Boldin, who was traded to San Francisco, and there aren't proven options at receiver outside of Torrey Smith. Patton is a borderline first-round talent. He doesn't have elite size (6 feet, 202 pounds) or speed. But he has great hands and catches the ball in traffic. Patton has been compared to Reggie Wayne. In the second round, I'm not sure if the Ravens will use that pick on a center. They drafted Matt Birk's replacement last year when they selected Gino Gradkowski in the fourth round.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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