Jimmy Haslam

AFC North: post-draft stock watch

Baltimore Ravens, FALLINGThe Ravens have been losing some of their best players this offseason, and this season's Ravens won't be the same team that won the Super Bowl earlier this year. Still, the Ravens will be a good football team, but it's hard to imagine them sniffing a repeat without the help of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed or Anquan Boldin, to name a few. Playing in a tough division, the Ravens may have a difficult time making the postseason.

Cincinnati Bengals, RISINGThe Bengals may finally be good enough to win the AFC North themselves instead of making wildcard playoff appearances. The Bengals' 2013 draft class isn't the most glamorous bunch, but those players should be core contributors for years to come. In addition to providing talent, the draft class also fills holes in the Bengals' roster. Cincinnati is not only a young team, they're also the most complete team in the AFC North.

Pittsburgh Steelers, FLATCalling the Steelers' stock "flat" is something of a misnomer. The team is moving in the right direction, towards youth, but that youth won't have an immediate impact. The big spotlight in Pittsburgh will be on linebacker Jarvis Jones, who will be filling the hole in the Steelers' roster left by the departure of James Harrison. In addition, the vacancy left by Mike Wallace will be filled, at least in some capacity, by Markus Wheaton. These players will begin to form the new core of the Steelers, but that will take time.

Cleveland Browns, FALLINGThe Browns can't get out of their own way. Owner Jimmy Haslam is battling legal problems from other business interests, and the Browns' draft class is woefully untalented, including just two picks in the first five rounds. Barkevious Mingo and Leon McFadden should help, but outside of that, the Browns are already looking beyond 2013. It's going to be a long season for Cleveland fans.

Shane Clemons

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.

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