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2024 NFL Draft Review: AFC North

AFC North

The 2024 NFL Draft is over and now it is time to look back. Draft Countdown is doing a division-by-division review series. Today, we look at the AFC North.

Did the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers improve themselves? Let’s find out.

2024 NFL Draft Review: AFC North

BALTIMORE RAVENS

1 30 CB Nate Wiggins Clemson
2 62 OT Roger Rosengarten Washington
3 93 EDGE Adisa Isaac Penn State
4 113 WR Tez Walker North Carolina
4 130 CB TJ Tampa Iowa State
5 165 RB Rasheen Ali Marshall
6 218 QB Devin Leary Kentucky
7 228 IOL Nick Samac Michigan State
7 250 S Sanoussi Kane Purdue

BEST OVERALL PICK: Roger Rosengarten, OT, Washington

BEST VALUE: TJ Tampa, CB, Iowa State

BIGGEST REACH: None

FAVORITE UDFA: Beau Brade, S, Maryland (#202 on final Draft Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

The Ravens sat back and let the board fall to them…like they always do. And once again it looks like it will pay off. Corner was a sore spot last year and they added a pair that can contribute as rookies with the speedy Nate Wiggins and the solid TJ Tampa. 

Roger Rosengarten is athletic enough to start on the left side but should easily supplant Daniel Faalele on the right side. WR Tez Walker in the fourth is a burner but has struggled with drops. You can never have enough pass rushers either. So adding Adisa Isaac in the third to pair with Odafe Oweh (another former PSU pass rusher) was a nice pick.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

1 18 OT Amarius Mims Georgia
2 49 DL Kris Jenkins Michigan
3 80 WR Jermaine Burton Alabama
3 97 DL McKinnley Jackson Texas A&M
4 115 TE Erick All Iowa
5 149 CB Josh Newton TCU
6 194 TE Tanner McLachlan Arizona
6 214 EDGE Cedric Johnson Mississippi
7 224 S Daijahn Anthony Mississippi
7 237 IOL Matthew Lee Miami (FL)

BEST OVERALL PICK: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

BEST VALUE: Cedric Johnson, EDGE, Mississippi

BIGGEST REACH: McKinnley Jackson, DL, Texas A&M

FAVORITE UDFA: Austin McNamara, P, Texas Tech 

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

I liked the architecture of the Bengals draft class. I just didn’t necessarily like the building materials. Amarius Mims has only started 8 games in college. That is a huge risk factor. But the size and athleticism are worth taking that gamble on. He should back up Trent Brown as a rookie.

Michigan DL Kris Jenkins is a leader with freakish power. He has been limited as a pass rusher, however.

Jermaine Burton came into the draft with character concerns. A player that this coaching regime had stayed away from before this draft class. Burton does offer inside-outside versatility. This is something they lacked with former WR3 Tyler Boyd.

Texas A&M DL McKinnley Jackson was a reach at 97. Cincinnati was looking for a nose tackle to replace DJ Reader but this pick reeks of desperation.

I did like the depth picks of CB Josh Newton and IOL Matt Lee. I also like the upside of a situational pass rusher like Cedric Johnson.

Double-dipping at the tight end spot wasn’t a bad thought process either. The expectation is that Eric All will fully recover from his ACL injury and be what he was expected to be before the 2023 season. Tanner McLachlan should push Tanner Hudson for the 4th TE spot.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

2 54 DL Mike Hall Ohio State
3 85 IOL Zak Zinter Michigan
5 156 WR Jamari Thrash Louisville
6 206 LB Nathaniel Watson Mississippi State
7 227 CB Myles Harden South Dakota
7 243 DL Jowon Briggs Cincinnati

BEST OVERALL PICK: Mike Hall, DL, Ohio State

BEST VALUE: Jamari Thrash, WR, Louisville

BIGGEST REACH: None

FAVORITE UDFA: Javion Cohen, IOL, Miami (#149 on Final Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

The Browns draft capital was limited thanks to various trades (mostly the Deshaun Watson) swap. But they made several quality selections despite not selecting until pick 54.

Mike Hall Jr is a young and disruptive interior pass rusher who will fit into their rotation early. Zak Zinter broke his leg during the 2023 CFB season and may not be ready for training camp. However, he is likely to be a future starter at guard.

If Cleveland keeps six wide receivers, I expect Jamari Tharash to be that guy. Thrash has big play ability and top-end speed. Mississippi State LB Nathaniel Watson has the floor of a special teams ace. His ceiling is a starting MLB. Not bad for a sixth-round selection.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

1 20 OT Troy Fautanu Washington
2 51 IOL Zach Frazier West Virginia
3 84 WR Roman Wilson Michigan
3 98 LB Payton Wilson NC State
4 119 IOL Mason McCormick South Dakota State
6 178 EDGE Logan Lee Iowa
6 195 S Ryan Watts Texas

BEST OVERALL PICK: Zach Frazier, IOL, West Virginia

BEST VALUE: Payton Wilson, LB, NC State

BIGGEST REACH: None

FAVORITE UDFA: Daijun Edwards, RB, Georgia (#196 on Final Board)

DRAFT CLASS RECAP

The Steelers entered the draft needing to rebuild their offensive line. They may have acquired three new starters. Troy Fautanu should replace Dan Moore at left tackle. Zach Frazier is likely to be the starting center. I also expect 4th-round pick Mason McCormick to eventually become a starter at guard. 

They traded Dionte Johnson to Carolina in the offseason. Pittsburgh replaced him with Roman Wilson in round three. If healthy, they also got a starting ILB in Payton Wilson. I like Logan Lee and Ryan Watts as solid depth pieces.

 

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