Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia: The Bengals would like someone to push Andy Dalton and may be unwilling to gamble that Murray will slip to the third round.
Murray is quickly becoming a favorite mock pick to the Bengals because of his Georgia lineage and perceived ability to be “pro-ready”. There are some eerie similarities to current starter Andy Dalton with size and arm questions, but Murray was extremely productive in the uber-competitive SEC. For the record, I mocked Murray to the Bengals in a pre-Combine mock draft in the fourth round.
Drafting a QB as high as the second round would send a strong message to Dalton.
Browns coach explains rationale for swapping D’Qwell Jackson and T.J. Ward for Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner
“I think you have something special when your best leaders are your best players, and that’s why we felt so strongly about bringing in Karlos and Donte,” Pettine said this week during the NFL owners meetings.
Pettine revealed that Dansby and Whitner were the franchise’s top targets in free agency at their respective positions. They filled urgent needs the Browns created this offseason when the franchise cut inside linebacker and defensive captain D’Qwell Jackson and let strong safety T.J. Ward walk in free agency.
Pettine is certainly justified in bringing in players he believes fit the mold of the team he wants to build.
Should the Baltimore Ravens not decide to go after the high-profile safeties like Calvin Pryor or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, there is still value at the position. With a glaring hole at FS, the 49th overall pick should be used on Deone Bucannon.
has great field vision, gaining him six interceptions in 2013; he is very aggressive and would sit well next to Matt Elam at FS. Bucannon fights for position, using his body to shield the receiver when the ball is in the air. I like his tackling skills; there are few NFL safeties that pull off 114 tackles in one year. This speaks to his aggressiveness when getting after the ball; his physical toughness is a force to be reckoned with.
The Ravens should address needs other than safety in the first round.
[The Steelers] head into their offseason workout program with second-year linebacker Vince Williams penciled in as the starter. His chief competition for that spot? Sean Spence, the people’s champion.
Bringing him along slowly is a good idea, clearly. But so is having a back-up plan. It’s fully possible, albeit unpleasant to consider, Spence isn’t able to regain the form of a player they had hopes for when they selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Outside of Williams, the Steelers have little else, making it something of a need position to address in the draft, but probably free agency as well.
Arthur Moats serves as depth at both inside and outside linebacker.