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Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Round 1, Pick 4 – AJ Green, WR, Georgia

Round 2, Pick 3 – Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

Round 3, Pick 2 – Dontay Moch, DL, Nevada

Round 4, Pick 4 – Clint Boling, OL, Georgia

Round 5, Pick 3 – Robert Sands, FS, West Virginia

Round 6, Pick 2 – Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford

Round 7, Pick 4 – Korey Lindsey, CB, Stanford

Round 7, Pick 43 – Jay Finley, RB, Baylor

I like that the Bengals drafted most of the needs, but in doing so did not force themselves into picking a player at an inopportune time in the draft. AJ Green should be an explosive and immediate starter. That will be a great help to Andy Dalton, who is likely to be the week 1 starter for the Bengals, barring the signing of some great veteran or the return of Carson Palmer. Dalton is accurate and a pretty smart QB, but doesn’t have great arm strength.  Most likely similar to Chad Pennington early in his career (before he injured his arm a million times).  I think the Bengals also got great value in OL Clint Boling in the 4th and FS Robert Sands in the 5th. Not a fan of OLB project Dontay Moch (who I don’t see being a DL in the NFL), nor am I a fan of WR Ryan Whalen, who I just don’t think will make it in the NFL. Overall, however, a much better draft for the Bengals than their past experiences.

Overall Grade = B+

Team: Cleveland Browns

Round 1, Pick 21 (From Chiefs) – Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

Round 2, Pick 5 – Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pitt

Round 2, Pick 27 (From Falcons) – Greg Little, WR, UNC

Round 4, Pick 5 – Jordan Cameron, TE, USC

Round 4, Pick 27 (From Falcons) – Owen Marecic, RB, Stanford

Round 5, Pick 6 – Buster Skrine, DB, Tennessee-Chattanooga

Round 5, Pick 19 – Jason Pinkston, OL, Pitt

Round 7, Pick 45 – Eric Hagg, DB, Nebraska

I absolutely loved the trade Cleveland made with the Falcons, nabbing their 1st, 2nd, and 4th round picks this year and 1st and 4th round picks next year. They used their first two picks to shore up their defensive line, and both are likely to be immediate starters. Phil Taylor could especially be an immediate terror for the AFC North RBs. Greg Little is also likely to be a starter, and while not fast, is very strong and has great hands (consider him a taller version of Anquan Boldin) and will provide some much needed assistance to Colt McCoy. Jordan Cameron is likely to need a year or two to develop, but could be a great catching TE, similar to Antonio Gates (but more likely to play on the level of a Jimmy Graham). Marecic was an unnecessary pick, already having a hammer in Madden cover start Peyton Hillis, and both late round DBs are not likely to make it higher than dime-back, but may be helpful in Special Teams.

Overall Grade = A-

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Round 1, Pick 27 – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

Round 2, Pick 26 – Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

Round 3, Pick 21 – Jah Reid, OT, Central Florida

Round 4, Pick 26 – Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

Round 5, Pick 33 – Chykie Brown, DB, Texas

Round 5, Pick 34 – Pernell McPhee, DL, Mississippi State

Round 6, Pick 15 – Tyrod Taylor, QB, West Virginia

Round 7, Pick 22 – Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech

Despite the problems with the trade with the Bears (which was not the Ravens’ fault), they still got their man in CB Jimmy Smith. He has been saying all the right things, and if he does stay out of trouble could quite possibly be the best CB to come out of this draft. Torrey Smith dropping to them in round 2 was a gift, and he will likely be the 3rd WR, providing the deep threat, but whether he is effective in doing this (or if it can even be done in Cam Cameron’s system) remains to be seen. Jah Reid is a project at OT, and is eerily similar to Oniel Cousins, another 3rd round OT pick from before who is faltering. Tandon Doss could be a great possession WR, and has time to develop. Will likely take over for Derrick Mason after his retirement. Ravens got two defensive projects in the 5th round, with Pernell McPhee having some potential to become a good pass rusher. I don’t understand the Tyrod Taylor pick, and Anthoy Allen is an unsure thing at RB who will need time to adapt to pro system, but could provide some important depth. Not Ozzie’s greatest draft, but a good one nevertheless.

Overall Grade = B-

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Round 1, Pick 31 – Cameron Heyward, DL, Ohio State

Round 2, Pick 31 – Marcus Gilbert, OL, Florida

Round 3, Pick 31 – Curtis Brown, DB, Texas

Round 4, Pick 31 – Cortez Allen, DB, Citadel

Round 5, Pick 31 – Chris Carter, DL, Fresno State

Round 6, Pick 31 – Keith Williams, OL, Nebraska

Round 7, Pick 29 – Baron Batch, RB, Texas

No spectacular picks from the Steelers, but considering they were just in the Super Bowl, they don’t need spectacular. They filled their needs with solid players. Heyward adds some much-needed depth to their defensive line, although I don’t think he can play at the level of the man he will often be filling in for, the oft-injured Aaron Smith. Marcus Gilbert could be a starting tackle, but is going to need some time to build himself up and learn, and could be in trouble against strong pass rushers like Terrell Suggs, Dwight Freeney, and Mario Williams, who the Steelers will each play within the first 4 weeks of the 2011 season. Both DBs will also take time to develop and may not be great next year, but Brown could become a very good man-coverage DB. Keith Williams has the passion to play in the NFL, and with time could develop into a quality lineman if he and the Steelers put in the effort.

Overall Grade = B

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