AFC North NFL Draft: Browns May get Ryan Mallett. Ravens Eyeing Lane Johnson

 

August 27, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; New England Patriots rookie quarterback Ryan Mallet (15) looks to throw during the second half against Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

 

With the NFL Draft just hours away, the Cleveland Browns are desperately looking for new quarterback to come in and challenge the incumbent Brandon Weeden, and they may do so via trade. New England Patriots back QB Ryan Mallett has been discussed for awhile as potential target for the Browns, and news of a potential deal are now coming out with just hours before the Browns will be on the clock with the #6 pick. If they make that selection without a deal for Mallett in place, they may draft West Virginia’s Geno Smith.

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to fill a number of holes caused by a roster purge this offseason, and predraft speculation has centered on five players: outside linebacker Jarvis Jones of Georgia, running back Eddie Lacy of Alabama, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee, tight end Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame, and safety Kenny Vaccaro of Texas. Lacy and Patterson will almost certainly be on the board, while the other three could go as high as the top-10, and the Steelers are in no position to trade up to select them.

 

Picking at #32 is a position teams envy, as it typically means your the defending Super Bowl champion, but that doesn’t mean the Baltimore Ravens don’t have a significant amount of holes to fill on their roster. While wide receiver and middle linebacker are the most immediate needs, if they are unable to sign free agent offensive tackle Bryan McKinnie, then finding an adequate tackle to protect quarterback Joe Flacco’s blind-side will be priority.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting the Ravens will monitor Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson as a potential replacement for McKinnie,

 

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Topics: AFC North, Lane Johnson, NFL Draft, Ryan Mallett

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