2015 NFL Draft: Top Prospects For The AFC North

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The AFC North sent three teams to the playoffs for the second time in four years. The division experienced many twists and turns throughout the 2014 season and it remains one of the league’s toughest divisions. Each team has drafted considerably well over the past few years and look to continue to do so come April. The NFL Draft has been riddled with talent in previous years and this year will be no different. Here’s a look at three possible prospects for each team’s first round selection(s) in the upcoming draft.

Nov 29, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second half at Papa John

Cleveland Browns: 1st Pick (12th overall)

1. Danny Shelton, NT: The Browns struggled when defending the run. Being viewed as one of the best defensive tackles to enter the draft, Shelton solidified that notion by having a tremendous Senior Bowl week. Possessing great power and strength, he provides what any team wants in their nose tackle. Possessing a quick burst and lots of strength allows Shelton to get past guards and plug holes.  Shelton has tremendous upside and would be a nice addition to one of the NFL’s better defenses.

2. Kevin White, WR: With Josh Gordon facing a yearlong suspension, the Browns need wide receiver help. Kevin White could be the best available to grab. With great size and speed, White creates separation and shows good hands. He “blew up” during his senior season and showed he can make contested catches. The only thing he lacks is elite speed, but nonetheless got open consistently. White could easily become the Browns’ number one receiver.

3. DeVante Parker, WR: After losing Teddy Bridgewater and being injured for the first seven games, Parker didn’t lose a step in 2014. He came back into the lineup and showed how good of a weapon he is. Possessing great all-around skills, Parker has shown the ability to make yards after the catch with his quick, proficient route running. One has to wonder if Parker would be projected higher if he had played in the first seven games.

Next: Prospects for the Browns Second 1st Round Selection