Draft Needs and First-Round Picks for every AFC North team

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) gestures as he walks across the stage after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) gestures as he walks across the stage after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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The 2016 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and AFC North teams are looking to reload. Here are needs and potential picks for all four AFC North teams.

2015 revealed a whole new side of two AFC North teams, sparked what could become a ruthless rivalry and saw drastic changes among multiple organizations.

Entering last season, a vast majority of people believed the Bengals to be the AFC North’s third-best team. However, Cincinnati proved skeptics wrong, frying opponents all season long and winning the division. But with Hue Jackson leaving for Cleveland, major changes could be coming.

Pittsburgh saw one of the strangest seasons in its team’s storied history, as the team managed a 10-6 record and reached the divisional round of the playoffs despite playing a majority of the season without its superstar running back. Sure, Le’Veon Bell is great, but durability issues are more concerning now than ever.

The Baltimore Ravens saw one of the most extensive injury lists in the history of the NFL, finishing the year with a disappointing 5-11 record. Some of the team’s failure has to do with at least 20 players landing on injured reserve–but even before the team lost many key pieces, it still began the season with an embarrassing 1-6 record. The major question the Ravens will need to answer is whether 2015 was a fluke or the beginning of a rebuilding phase.

And finally, the Cleveland Browns’ 2015 season played out as most expected: in utter chaos. Cleveland suffered one of the most heartbreaking losses of the year–only rivaled by those of the Bengals and Packers in the playoffs, saw its head coach fired and had its quarterback of the future endure more scrutiny than any other player in football.

But 2015 is officially over for the AFC North, which means it’s time to focus on next year. With that, let’s take a look at each team’s top three draft needs and three potential first-round selections.

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