The second round of the NFL draft is now complete and in its virtual form, it worked well again without any problems. I found it more pleasurable this time around with the Steelers actually making a pick in the form of WR Chase Claypool and Alex Highsmith. When it comes to watching the draft any year when the Steelers aren’t on the clock, I vehemently pay attention to who goes to each of the three organizations that comprise the AFC North and consistently supplies Steeler fans 159 players to abhor.
So join me, won’t you, as I breakdown the new Northerners from Rounds 2 and 3.
The Cincinnati Bengals have a history of picking up good looking prospects and then turning around and sucking, only to never hear from them again. I could make some fun comparisons, but I probably better not. Day Two of the draft for the Bungles could go just like that, but they may have turned the corner. There are pundits down on Tee Higgins, I think he could be a slight step down from A.J. Green, but that is still pretty promising. Home run. They may have reached with the Logan Wilson pick, I say that because he’s a high character guy at the inside linebacker position and that’s something they are definitely not used to. Vontaze Burfict...anyone. Wilson looks like he’s not old enough to shave, vote or go to an R-rated movie, But you don’t sleep on a guy who has been one of the top five tacklers in all of college football over the last three seasons with 306. What I think Cincinnati needs the most though, is a guy they can protect their new investment. They definitely did not do that. Big mistake. My first inclination is to think that this team is drafting well. But it’s the Bengals, so we will have to wait and see.
A lot of people were salivating over the centerfielder from LSU, Grant Delpit. But there are plenty of holes in his game too. Can’t stop the run is one. I can be wrong, but he might be overrated. Jordan Elliott adds a thumper to the defense on an already crowded defensive line. I hope he has all of his shots up to date playing next to those rabid idiots Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi. Too bad, they’ll probably infect his mind too. With the Phillips selection, The Browns are trying to replace Joe Schobert in the middle. CBS lists him as a jack of all trades and a master of none. Translation: he’s a special teamer and they could have done better. I wish I could say I was overwhelmed by the Browns draft, but I’m not even whelmed. So far, a lot of mistakes by the lake.
The Ravens, once again, put on a drafting clinic for the rest of the NFL. Fitting. A large amount of Baltimorons spend lots of time in free clinics. With a plethora of picks, Eric DeCosta was that guy that figures out the carnival game and comes away with a bunch of prizes. The J.K. Dobbins pick felt like insult to injury to Steeler fans that wanted him so bad that they would have sold their soul and their mom’s car to see him with hypocycloids on his melon. But, think about it. Dobbins was the fifth running back picked for a reason. He’s talented, but don’t kick your dog over it. With their other 66 selections, Bmore struck gold with a talented DT in Justin Madabuike, the explosive Longhorn receiver known as Devin Duvernay, run-stopping LB Malik Harrison and the mammoth guard Tyre Phillips. There is a lot of talent drafted by Baltimore added to an already loaded roster. But they do only have 53 roster spots and a zillion more picks.
What did you think of the other AFC North selections? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers heading into Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft.