2015 NFL Draft Review: AFC North

Cleveland Browns  I thought Ray Framer and company did an excellent job with their second draft. Last year, following the draft they added a number of veteran scouts, and you can see the difference that made when you go through their draft top to bottom. Having two first round picks didn’t hurt either. Danny Shelton was the best pure nose tackle in this class. While he lacks 40 yard speed, he is very quick for the first 10 yards and easily control blockers at the point of attack. The Browns came back in the first round and grabbed Cam Erving, who has outstanding versatility. He can line up and be a starter at any position along the offensive front. Second round pick OLB Nate Orchard from Utah has excellent edge pass rushing skills to go along with a non-stop motor. He had 18 sacks this past season. In the third round the Browns picked up running back Duke Johnson from Miami. Johnson lacks great natural size but he is both quick and fast with top running instincts. He is a very dangerous open field runner. Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper is an underrated player. He had very good production playing for a poor team. He will give the Browns another good inside pass rusher in their nickel package. Northwestern’s Ibraheim Campbell is a physical strong safety type. He was a four-year starter for the Wildcats, and was the leader of the secondary. Like Cooper, Vince Mayle is an underrated wide receiver. He looks and plays much faster than he times. He is a very good route runner who can pluck the ball. If he ran a little faster, he would have been a premium round pick. Getting Charles Gaines in the sixth round was a steal. This is a physical corner with very good cover and ball skills. He hasn’t played the position that long and has a lot of upside. Linebacker Hayes Pullard is an instinctive run-and-hit inside linebacker while Randall Telfer will help the ground game with his run block skills. Last pick Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will be a red-shirt this year as he is coming off a late ACL injury. He had second round talent as a corner and could be an eventual starter after his injury is healed. Baltimore Ravens It seems like every year Baltimore is picking late in the order, and every year, Ozzie Newsome comes up with players who can come in and contribute. Such was the case this year as the Ravens selected Central Florida receiver Breshad Perriman who is a Dez Bryant clone in terms of style of play. Perriman is big, fast and physical and gives the Ravens a receiver like they have never had before. In tight end Maxx Williams, they got the best tight end in this class. He is more of a move type tight end, but he can also block well at the point. Baltimore looks for big, strong, and physical defensive linemen and got one in Carl Davis from Iowa. Davis looked like a first round pick at the Senior Bowl, but his Iowa tape was average, hence he was still there in the third. Kentucky’s Za’Darius Smith will play both up and down for Baltimore. He will take the place of Pernell McPhee who the Ravens lost to Chicago in free agency. USC running back Javorius Allen is a strong inside runner with a burst and will be a good fit for the Ravens new offensive scheme. Baltimore likes having tall, long corners and got one in Tray Walker the underrated corner from Texas Southern. Walker just needs to add some bulk and strength. Nick Boyle will fit the bill as the “Y” tight end. He is an excellent blocker with better than average receiving skills. Tennessee State offensive lineman Robert Myers is raw and may need a year on the practice squad, but he has upside. The same can be said about Georgia Tech wide receiver Darren Waller. Cincinnati Bengals Going into the 2014 college season, many analysts felt Texas A&M tackle Cedric Ogbuehi was the best tackle in the draft. Ogbuehi started at three different positions the last three years and was never able to settle in at one spot. He played best at right tackle and right guard. A late ACL injury didn’t help matters. While he may not be ready to go when training camp opens, his long-term value was too good to pass up. Oregon tackle Jake Fisher is a natural left tackle and very athletic. He has the traits to come in and play right away. If he is going to start off at somewhere other than left tackle, he will need to add some bulk. I felt the third round was a bit high for Rutgers tight end Tyler Kroft. He is a move tight end and will need to improve his blocking skills if they try to play him in tight. TCU linebacker Pal Dawson is a playmaking machine. His problem is he didn’t run very fast at the Combine. He can be an early starter. USC corner Josh Shaw has the versatility to play corner or safety. He tested out to be a much better athlete than he was given credit for at the Combine. Marcus Hardison gives the Bengals another tough inside defensive lineman with some pass rush skills. Auburn's C.J. Uzomah can play as a “Y”, complementing Kroft and helping the run game. Fresno safety Derron Smith lacks the size you want, but he has good tape. A late sports hernia surgery caused the free safety to drop. He was a third or fourth round talent. West Virginia receiver Mario Alford has speed, but he is tiny. Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert is an astute evaluator and always does a very good job in getting the Steelers top talent. Going into the draft, I had Kentucky’s Bud Dupree as my most overrated player, because many analysts felt he was a top 10 player. I felt he was in the 20 to 30 range and that is where he went. Being picked at 22 makes him more of a value pick. If Ole Miss corner Senquez Golson was 5’11", he would have been a first round pick. At 5086, his value dropped. Still, when you look at his tape, you see a tough, physical cover guy with ball skills. Auburn receiver Sammie Coates gives the Steelers an outside-the-numbers vertical threat. He needs to improve his overall route running skills. Getting Ohio State corner Doran Grant in the fourth round is a steal. He is a solid cover guy with very good instincts. I felt Penn State tight end Jesse James was under rated. He is more athletic than many give him credit for and can play in tight or flexed out. Central Michigan’s Laterrius Walton is a developmental 5-technique who may also be able to play on the nose. His role may be limited as a rookie, but he has upside. Anthony Chickillo is an excellent competitor. He goes snap-to-whistle. While he played down at Miami, he easily has the athleticism to play on his feet in the Steelers' scheme. Louisville safety Gerod Holliman has the best ball skills in the draft. His problem is that he isn’t a very good run support player. If can become more physical, the Steelers got a seventh round steal. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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