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Draft needs for Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted May 2, 2014

Browns senior Editor Vic Carucci takes a look at draft needs around the rest of the AFC North.

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Here are the draft needs of the other teams in the AFC North, with their overall picks listed parenthetically:

BALTIMORE RAVENS (17th, 48th, 79th, 99th, 134th, 138th, 175th, 194th)

Free safety: As a rookie last year, Matt Elam was out of position as a free safety. Ideally, the Ravens would like to move him to the strong side and find a free safety that does a better job in pass coverage.

Defensive end: The Ravens were hurt by the free-agent departure of highly talented Arthur Jones to the Indianapolis Colts. Brandon Williams, who joined the Ravens as a third-round draft pick last year, played only 94 snaps as a rookie.

Offensive tackle: New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak needs a right tackle to replace Michael Oher, who joined the Tennessee Titans in free agency. And Kubiak needs one that fits his zone-blocking scheme, and that isn’t Ricky Wagner, who doesn’t appear to have what it takes to be a starter.

CINCINNATI BENGALS (24th, 55th, 88th, 123rd, 164th, 199th, 212th, 239th, 252nd)

Cornerback: With Leon Hall recovering from his second torn Achilles in three years and 35-year-old Terence Newman and 30-year-old Adam Jones in or near the twilight of their careers, the Bengals figure to be seeking help in a draft that seem to have some good offerings at the position.

Safety: The Bengals could use an upgrade over George Iloka and/or Reggie Nelson, and this might be the year to find one or at least enhance the depth at this spot.

Defensive end: Having lost Michael Johnson in free agency, the Bengals could use some help for the one proven solid pass-rusher they have, Carlos Dunlap. Margus Hunt has yet to establish that he can be a force.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (15th, 46th, 97th, 118th, 157th, 173rd, 192nd, 215th, 230th)

Cornerback: At 34, Ike Taylor could very well be entering his final season with the Steelers. With the 15th overall pick, this team figures to have a shot at landing one of the highest-rated players at the position.

Tackle: You could easily make the argument that the Steelers need to address this spot first, but it’s hard to determine whether they would be in position to land one who is as highly rated as a cornerback at No. 15.

Defensive end: The Steelers need to add some youth here. With disappointing Ziggy Hood bolting to Jacksonville in free agency, they’re left with Carmon Heyward as their lone legitimate starter.

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