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2010 NFL Draft Grades: AFC North

Chris MaierCorrespondent IMay 4, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Jermaine Gresham #18 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball against Major Wright #21 of the Florida Gators during the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The 2010 NFL Draft is now in the books and the staff members of NFLDraft101.com have each submitted their grades. 

We will go division by division, recapping each team's draft and presenting our staff grades. (click on the team name for pick-by-pick analysis)

AFC North:

Baltimore Ravens

Traded out of the first round but still managed to acquire a first-round talent in DE/OLB Sergio Kindle early in round two. 

Filled a major need along the defensive front with weight-challenged NT Terrence Cody who stands to create a formidable run stopping due with wide-bodied DE Haloti Ngata.

Kindle (knee) and Cody (weight) both slid for valid reasons but both have first-round talent and could challenge for starting jobs on an aging Ravens defense. 

The back-to-back tight end selections (Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta) in rounds three and four were excellent news for QB Joe Flacco but not so much for current TE Todd Heap.

Two nice late-round selections were athletic DT Arthur Jones, who slid due to a knee injury; and raw developmental OT/G Ramon Harewood.

It was a mild surprise to see the Ravens avoid taking a cornerback on draft weekend considering their top two cornerbacks are coming off of injuries.  Grade: B

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Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals played it by the book, taking good values with each of their selections in rounds one through four while filling needs and adding depth. 

TE Jermaine Gresham was the top tight end in the draft and filled one of the teams biggest needs.  DE Carlos Dunlap has first round talent but a questionable motor but provided it good value in round two. 

WR Jordan Shipley was a good value in round three and should challenge for time right away as a slot receiver and returner. 

CB Brandon Ghee, DT Geno Atkins and LB Rodderick Muckelroy each provide depth and talent on the defensive side of the ball.   The Bengals are also hoping to find a future right guard out of late-round picks Otis Hudson and Reggie Stephens. 

The only concern with the Bengals draft was the lack of a coverage safety, although undrafted free agent Jeremy Miles is an intriguing option. Grade: B+

Cleveland Browns  

After watching Eric Berry go off the board in front of them and unable to find a trade down partner, the Browns made a solid pick in CB Joe Haden. 

A slow 40 time tempered Haden's stock, but he was the clear-cut number-one corner in the draft, and his instinctive and physical style makes him a good fit for Mangini's defense and fills a major need in the secondary.

Mike Holmgren earns points for grabbing his QB of the future, Colt McCoy, without overdrafting him in round three despite telegraphing his interest.  The fact he slid to the 85th selection proves the rest of the league is not sold on his potential, however. 

The selections of S TJ Ward, RB Montario Hardesty and G Shawn Lauvao are solid scheme fits, but each went earlier than expected.  The failure to take advantage of the depth at rush linebacker in round two or three despite a major need was a surprise. 

The Browns found good values and at need positions in S Larry Asante, DE Clifton Geathers and WR Carlton Mitchell on day three. Grade: C-

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers came into the draft needing to upgrade its offensive line and grabbed one of the top interior linemen in the draft in G/C Maurkice Pouncey in round one. 

The selection of rush linebackers Jason Worilds and Thaddeus Gibson in rounds two and four were a surprise, not because they were reaches, but because they both play one of the Steelers strongest positions. 

Worilds in particular is a good fit for the Steelers attacking scheme and could be groomed to replace Woodley or Harrison down the road.  

Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown are both have dangerous run after the catch ability and will challenge for time in the slot. 

RB/FB Jonathan Dwyer was a surprise sixth-round selection who could pay dividends if they go back to a power running style. 

Seventh round DE Doug Worthington could provide value as a developmental five technique.  Overall, the Steelers added quality talent but did not necessarily fill their needs.  Grade: C+


(Please note: grades are based on how team's utilized their picks on draft weekend.  Trades made prior to the draft are not accounted for in these grades)


Chris Maier is Senior Editor for NFLDraft101.com .  He can be reached at cmaier@nfldraft101.com.  Follow me on twitter: nfldraft101 .