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2016 AFC North: Free agents, draft position, way too early predictions and more

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The AFC North continued to be one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL in 2015, and had two teams represented in the 2015 AFC Playoffs. Time to recap the season and look ahead to 2016.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had the last laugh in 2015. After watching the Cincinnati Bengals win the AFC North this season, it was the Steelers who were able to best the Bengals in the Wild Card round of the AFC Playoffs. Other than Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, the AFC North had quite the drop off between the two playoff teams and the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

Time to take a look at how things finished, and a team-by-team breakdown of free agents, draft position and some way too early predictions for 2016.

2015 AFC North Standings
Cincinnati Bengals: 12-4 
Pittsburgh Steelers: 10-6
Baltimore Ravens: 5-11
Cleveland Browns: 3-13

Team-By-Team Breakdown:

Cleveland Browns

2015 Record: 3-13
2016 NFL Draft Position: 2nd
2016 Free Agents:
Johnson Bademosi, CB
Travis Benjamin, WR
Tank Carder, ILB
Tashaun Gipson, S
Don Jones, S
Austin Pasztor, G
Terrelle Pryor, WR
Craig Robertson, ILB
Mitchell Schwartz, OT

Way too early prediction for 2016:
5-11, 4th in AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

2015 Record: 5-11
2016 NFL Draft Position: 6th
2016 Free Agents:
Chris Carter, LB
Jimmy Clausen, QB
Morgan Cox, LS
Chris Givens, WR
Richard Gordon, TE
Albert McClellan, LB
Kelechi Osemele, G
Allen Reisner, TE
Matt Schaub, QB
Justin Tucker, K
Courtney Upshaw, LB
Shareece Wright, CB

Way too early prediction for 2016: 9-7, 3rd in the AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers

2015 Record: 10-6
2016 NFL Draft Position: 25th 
2016 Free Agents:
Will Allen, S
Kelvin Beachum, OT
Antwon Blake, CB
Brandon Boykin, CB
Ramon Foster, G
William Gay, CB
Clifton Geathers, DT
Robert Golden, S
Bruce Gradkowski, QB
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR
Will Johnson, FB
Doug Legursky, C
Steve McLendon, DT
David Nelson, WR
Sean Spence, LB
Byron Stingily, OT
Cam Thomas, DT
Jordan Todman, RB
Michael Vick, QB
Greg Warren, LS

Way too early prediction for 2016: 12-4, 1st place in AFC North

Cincinnati Bengals

2015 Record: 12-4
2016 NFL Draft Position: 24th
2016 Free Agents:
Wallace Gilberry, DE
Leon Hall, CB
George Iloka, S
Adam Jones, CB
Marvin Jones, WR
Emmanuel Lamur, OLB
Reggie Nelson, S
Vincent Rey, OLB
Mohamed Sanu, WR
Pat Sims, DT
Andre Smith, OT
Brandon Tate, WR
Brandon Thompson, DT
Eric Winston, OT

Way too early prediction for 2016: 11-5, 2nd in AFC North

Way too early prediction for AFC North Standings:
Pittsburgh Steelers: 12-4
Cincinnati Bengals: 11-5
Baltimore Ravens: 9-7
Cleveland Browns: 5-11