AFC North Draft Tournament: Mingo vs. Jones

USA TODAY Sports

It's a nice day to start a tournament. We're going to begin pairing off like-round picks between teams within the AFC North, and your votes will determine the winners.

We’ve compared the Steelers draft picks to those of the past. We’ve even joked about comparisons to present NFL players. Now, because…well, why not? – we’re going to compare them to other picks within the AFC North.

We’re even going to break it down like it’s a tournament. A tournament in which there’s a considerable home field advantage and the deck is heavily stacked in favor of that home team. We don’t care.

Drawing numbers, which was witnessed by no one except those working around me who stopped and stared at me like I have antlers growing out of my head, Cleveland will square off against the Steelers, and Baltimore will host Cincinnati.

Perhaps it’s not the best idea to compare Cleveland’s DE Barkevious Mingo to Pittsburgh’s Jarvis Jones. They play different positions. Also, one is the shining example of college productivity while the other had mediocre-at-best numbers and needs to spend some time hunkered down at a Golden Corral. But Hensley did it, so we’re going to. Plus, you guys entertain me far more than I entertain you, and some lively discussion and cheap jokes is exactly what today needs.

We can start with Hensley’s comparison of Mingo to Jevon Kearse. I suppose they’re similar if Mingo was 30 pounds heavier and could run a 4.4. As we all know now, Jones is apparently similar to James Harrison in ways invisible to the naked eye or on any current form of game film.

As it is, Jones has the savvy and work ethic of a solid player. He’s got far more of a chance to get on the field in Year 1 than Mingo, but he might be a package player out of the gates too. Mingo at 6 or Jones at 17. Think value, current ability, potential ability and what he showed on and off the field. We’ll post the poll a little later on, as to not influence the initial vote.

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