AFC North Team Needs


Pittsburgh Steelers: CB, S, OLB, RB

The Steelers reputation for having a good defense did not prove to be true in the 2014 season. The “Steel Curtain” had a lot of holes as they ranked 27th in pass defense. Look for Pittsburgh to bolster up their secondary, as veteran Troy Polamalu is mulling retirement and Ike Taylor might be on his way out. The defense actually fared well against the run in 2014, but could still use a pass rushing outside linebacker to help out that secondary. As far as the offense is concerned, everyone saw what happened All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell was unavailable go. The position drop off after him was astounding, and Mike Tomlin was forced to start two guys that would have never seen the field for another team (Josh Harris and Dri Archer). A backup running back could be a possibility in later rounds.

Cincinnati Bengals: DE, DT, OG, QB

As much as every Bengals fan would love to not watch Andy Dalton again next year, it isn’t going to happen in 2015. “The Red Rifle” is still owed $9.6M of guaranteed money next year in the final year of the “player-friendly” portion of his contract. However, with that being said don’t be surprised if Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis bring in a QB to compete alongside A.J McCarron. Outside of the QB position, the Bengals offense is solid with running back Jeremy Hill having a breakout rookie season, and AJ Green continuing to do his thing (when he wasn’t injured of course). On the defensive side of the ball, the could look to bring in a defensive tackle to go alongside Geno Atkins in the middle, as well as a pass rushing specialist, considering that their team was dead last in sacks last season.

Baltimore Ravens: CB, DT, RB, WR

The Ravens experienced a lot of ups and downs throughout the 2014 season, and perhaps the biggest down was when they lost their number one corner Jimmy Smith. The ninth worst pass defense needs some help at the corner position as well as safety. Matt Elam is still maturing as a player and the absence of James Ihedigbo proved to be detrimental as he had a great season in Detroit. Haloti Ngata was also dealt to the Lions, so defensive tackle all of the sudden is a need. The Ravens could also look to add their running back of the future in this draft. Justin Forsett had a stellar season filling in for Ray Rice, but he is approaching 30 years old and could be on his way out of Baltimore via free agency. Another position to keep in mind is wide receiver. Torrey Smith is now a 49er and Steve Smith is entering the twilight years of his career at age 35. The Ravens have a lot of holes to fill in the upcoming draft.

Cleveland Browns: WR, OT, DT, QB

To say that it has been a tumultuous off-season for the Cleveland Browns would be an understatement. Star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entire 2015 season after another failed drug test, and their first-round pick, Johnny Manziel, checked himself into rehab in an effort to salvage his NFL future with the team. As far as the offense goes, Andrew Hawkins was a nice surprise last season, but Manziel, or whoever the Browns quarterback will be next year (recently signed Josh McCown), need another weapon or two on the outside. Look for the Browns to address their wide receiver need throughout the draft, with one of them more than likely coming in the first round. The offensive line is going to need to be addressed as well. When Alex Mack went down last season, the heart and soul of the Browns offensive line did as well. The rushing attack suffered and the quarterback hurries and sacks went up. With Mack being an established (and probably best) center in the league, the Browns could look to build around him and Joe Thomas in this year’s draft.


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