NFL MOCK DRAFT- AFC NORTH

2023-04-18 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
Broderick Jones Offensive Tackle- Georgia and Zay Flowers Wide Receiver- Boston College

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In 2022 the AFC North was the only division in that conference which had three teams possessing winning records.
It could therefore be the toughest division to call, so although the first draft choice for them won’t happen until #17, all four general managers will be keen on selecting someone who can make that extra difference in the AFC North, which promises to be extremely tight.
With that in mind, here are my predictions for who each team will select when the draft takes place April 27-29.
Pittsburgh Steelers- Round 1- #17- Broderick Jones- Offensive Tackle- Georgia
The rookie campaign of Kenny Pickett was anything but stellar, and with this team overhauling its offensive line, the young pivot could use more protection.
Broderick Jones has strong arms, a powerful grip, and an outstanding leg drive, all qualities that enable him to create movements at the line of scrimmage.
He has a good feel for combo blocks and plenty of speed, which might be an asset for Mike Tomlin’s offense, which was heavy on the run last season.
Baltimore Ravens- Round 1- #22- Zay Flowers- Wide Receiver- Boston College
Near the end of the 2022 campaign, with Lamar Jackson unavailable through injury, the Ravens were almost exclusively a running offense.
That’s because there wasn’t anyone with the dependability and game-breaking speed like Zay Flowers, who would add a much-needed extra dimension to this team.
Flowers set a single-season record for receiving touchdowns at Boston College (12) as an all-ACC First Team wide receiver last year, while equalling the school record for receptions (78).
Not only is he dangerous in the open field, but this receiver has an elite balance on sideline patterns and can be used in pass-and-run situations.
He and Odell Beckham could be a great one-two punch and perhaps another incentive for Lamar to return to Baltimore.
Cincinnati Bengals- Round 1- #28- Darnell Wright- Offensive Tackle- Tennessee
Protecting Joe Burrow should be first and foremost for the Bengals next season, and adding Orlando Brown will help, but I still believe more is needed.
Wright can plug and play at right tackle, while he can also bookend spots to protect the top overall pick from 2020.
Last year, the Volunteer lineman was on the 2022 All-SEC First Team and a semi-finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
He is hugely experienced with 2,746 career college snaps, while he didn’t give up a single sack in 507 snaps last season, showing great bursts off the line of scrimmage and an ability to win at the point of attack.
Cleveland Browns- Round 3- #74- Daiyan Henley- Linebacker- Washington State
Cleveland has a solid ground game which should continue into 2023, but they could use somebody to help plug those holes defensively.
Henley may be small in size but is a solid sideline-to-sideline playmaker who is strong in zone coverage with a muscular build.
He has good overall straight-line speed and is excellent at making open-field tackles.
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