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NFL Fantasy Football Rookie Spotlight: AFC North

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 01:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs a pass route during rookie training camp at the Pittsburgh Steelers Practice Facility on May 1, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE RAVENSDavon Drew, fifth (137), TE, ECU—An athletic receiving tight end, Drew was seen by many scouts as an H-back heading into the NFL.

The decision makers in Baltimore, however, think they have found a potential playmaker to groom as an eventual replacement for Todd Heap. Although Drew is expected to spend this year learning from Heap and newly signed L.J. Smith, he could have some sleeper value late in the season.

If Heap's struggles continue into this year and Smith fails to deliver, Drew may find himself on the field sooner rather than later, and could be a big producer as Cam Cameron continues to open up the offense behind Joe Flacco

Could SurpriseEron Riley, UFA, WR, Duke—Possibly another great Ozzie Newsome find, Riley had an impressive 2,166 receiving yards and 20 TDs in a pedestrian Duke offense.

With a lack of depth at WR, Baltimore could call on Riley early as they continue to try to find targets for the strong armed Flacco

CINCINNATI BENGALSChase Coffman, third (98), TE, Missouri—A pure pass-catcher, Coffman was touted as the best receiving tight end in this year's class. The Bengals do not currently throw to the tight end often, but that could soon change.

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If Coffman can beat out Reggie Kelly and Ben Utecht for playing time, he should develop into a reliable and consistent target for Carson Palmer.

If Palmer returns from injury close to 100 percent, Coffman could be poised for a big year.  And, at the very least, should be well worth a look in keeper leagues.

Could SurpriseFreddie Brown seventh (252), WR, Utah and Quan Cosby, UFA, WR, Texas—The Bengals currently have uncertainty at receiver, and a list of unproven players behind Chad Ocho Cinco and new arrival Laveranues Coles.

Last year's rookie receivers have done nothing to establish themselves, while both of these players were productive in college and should have a fair shot at earning playing time.

CLEVELAND BROWNSBrian Robiskie, second (36), WR, Ohio State—Robiskie was considered the most NFL-ready receiver in the 2009 draft, but was downgraded for a lack of playmaker ability.

He is a polished route runner, solid possession receiver, and has a strong chance to win the No. 2 job opposite Braylon Edwards. If he doesn't, he should be a slot receiver good for around 50 catches a year.

If Cleveland can fix its passing woes, Robiskie has the potential to put up some big numbers.

Could be worth a late pick in deep leagues.

He has the makings of a ten year starter and could be a steal in keeper leagues.

Could SurpriseJames Davis, sixth (195), RB, Clemson—As long as Jamal Lewis stays healthy and coach Mangini remains sold on Jerome Harrision at No. 2, Davis probably won't see the field much.

However, should Lewis become injured, Harrison isn't an every down back, and Davis may be best suited for the role.

PITTSBURGH STEELERSMike Wallace, third (84), WR, Mississippi—The speedy receiver averaged an impressive 20.1 yards per reception last year. Clocking a 40 yard dash time of 4.33, Wallace should be a viable deep threat to replace the departed Nate Washington.

He has shown the ability to make plays, get open downfield, and should provide another dangerous weapon for Ben Roethlisberger. Wallace should help stretch the field, open up the running game, and is also expected to compete for Pittsburgh's KR job.

Could SurpriseFrank Summers, fifth(169) RB, UNLV—Summers is a physical bruiser with the ability to move the pile in his team's favor. He was seen as a fullback by many teams, but may become the goal line/short yardage back the Steelers have long been looking for.

His presence could mean even fewer touchdowns for Willie Parker.

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