Mel Kiper Thinks Brandon Weeden Would Be Top 2013 QB and More AFC North News

Andrea Hangst@FBALL_AndreaFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 14, 2013

During Wednesday's media conference call, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. said that if present Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was in the 2013 draft, he'd be the first quarterback selected, reports the Akron Beacon-Journal's Nate Ulrich

Because of this, Kiper does not believe the Browns will, or would be wise to, select a quarterback with their sixth-overall pick in this year's draft. Instead, he believes defense will be their top priority, especially with the team moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Ray Horton.

One potential target, Bjoern Werner, may not be ideal for the Browns, with Kiper saying that Werner looks to be better-suited to play 4-3 defensive end rather than 3-4 outside linebacker.


Baltimore Ravens

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie would like to remain a Raven in 2013, according to McKinnie's agent Michael George. McKinnie is an unrestricted free agent but played a major role in the team's postseason success that led them to a Super Bowl victory.

There are changes ahead for the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, some by choice and some less so. James Reagan of Bleacher Report breaks down the five things that the Ravens must change in the coming months to remain competitive. 


Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy's positional breakdowns for the Cincinnati Bengals continue with an examination of the tight ends.'s Chris Wesseling offers his offseason forecast for the Bengals.


Cleveland Browns

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland Browns have signed punter Spencer Lanning. This may mean Reggie Hodges, who is an unrestricted free agent, won't be re-signed this offseason.

Ethan Grant of Bleacher Report says it would be a major coup if the Browns can land free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace next month.


Pittsburgh Steelers

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Richard Mann to be their new wide receivers coach. Mann, a western Pennsylvania native, replaces Scottie Montgomery, who left to join the coaching staff at Duke.

Joe Tordy of Bleacher Report gives his latest pre-Scouting Combine seven-round Steelers mock draft.