Required Reading: Links to the Best in AFC North Coverage, 5/1 Edition

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Required Reading: Links to the Best in AFC North Coverage, 5/1 Edition
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While the jury's still out on whether the entire Baltimore Ravens draft class will make an on-field impact, it's clear if anyone will it's Courtney Upshaw

Today's AFC North required reading remains centered on the draft. From grades, to positional battles, from the Browns' trade up for Trent Richardson, to a look at a high-profile Steelers' free-agent signing, it's all here.

 

Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun gives the Ravens an incomplete grade for their draft, citing that they only picked up one true starter, linebacker Courtney Upshaw.

While Bleacher Report's Steele Sanderson may think differently about Preston's grade, he does certainly believe the Ravens came out as winners with the Upshaw pick.

Bleacher Report's Matt Gray looks at the battle for the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 2 receiver spot, which will be fought for between draft picks Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones.

In a similar vein, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy takes an early look at how the Bengals' roster and depth chart are shaping up.

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Just who is Marquis Maze and how will he fit on the Steelers' roster?

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Bill Livingston wrote about quarterback Colt McCoy on Monday, saying that while McCoy certainly isn't perfect, the rest of the Browns' struggles haven't given him much help.

Sigmund Bloom of Bleacher Report examines whether the Minnesota Vikings were bluffing when they said other teams were interested in their third overall draft pick (and Trent Richardson), forcing the Browns to move up one spot to nab him.

Bleacher Report's Shawn Brubaker gives us a scouting report and breakdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers' free-agent signing of wide receiver Marquis Maze.

Newly-drafted Steelers running back Chris Rainey and center Maurkice Pouncey are long-time friends, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette takes a closer look at the brotherly relationship between the two.

 

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