2014 NFL Draft Needs: AFC North

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Phil Gentile

It's never too early to start your NFL Draft prep baby! We haven't even reached the NFL combine in Indy yet and fans are already wondering who Ozzie Newsome and company will target in May's NFL Draft. Here is a quick look at the needs for each AFC North team and some potential 1st round targets for each franchise.

Videos courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com

Cleveland Browns

Draft Position: 4th and 26th pick in 1st round

Needs: QB, RB, OG, S

The Browns have a new head coach again this offseason. This time it's Mike Pettine, who was a member of the Ravens coaching staff from 2002-2008. Pettine is a defensive minded guy but look for Cleveland to beef up their offense, especially with a franchise quarterback. They've had twenty signal callers since 1999 and desperately need to put a face on their franchise going forward. Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles could be available but Johnny Manziel would give this team the shot in the arm they need. Replacing Trent Richardson is a must but that could be done in the later rounds.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Draft Position: 15th pick in the 1st round

Needs: WR, OG, CB, S

Antonio Brown did an amazing job replacing Mike Wallace but with Emmanuel Sanders possibly leaving via free agency the team needs another reliable target for Big Ben. Similar to the Ravens, the Steelers have several holes along the offensive line so look for them to snatch a left tackle prospect at #15, which just happens to be the pick before the Ravens get on the clock. With Troy Polamalu getting up their in age I wouldn't be surprised if they went with a safety like Alabama's Haha Clinton-Dix. Greatest name ever by the way.

Cincinnati Bengals

Draft Position: 24th pick in the 1st round

Needs: DE, OT, CB, LB

The AFC North champs finished as the 3rd best defense in the NFL, allowing opposing offenses an average of only 305.5 yards per game in 2013. This was due in large part to defensive end Michael Johnson, who has 15 sacks over the last two seasons. If he leaves a possible replacement could be Missouri's Kony Ealy, who lead the team in forced fumbles (3) and quarterback hurries (16). Cornerback Leon Hall suffered an Achilles injury in October. If they decide to address secondary depth a player to watch is Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard.

Baltimore Ravens

Draft Position: 16th or 17th pick in 1st round (dependent on coin flip at combine)

Needs: OT, WR, TE, DE, S

Save the best for last huh? The Ravens offense was completely pathetic in 2013. Running back Ray Rice averaged 3.1 yards per carry and Joe Flacco was sacked 48 times!! North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron and Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans would be great additions but clearly the offensive line needs to be addressed early in May's NFL Draft. While many of the teams in the top ten grab quarterback prospects look for some talented offensive lineman to drop to the middle of the 1st round for the Ravens. A couple names to remember are Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio. I've included videos of both. Both players could start at right tackle from day one and learn from left tackle Eugene Monroe if the Ravens are able to resign him.

Videos courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com

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