The Cleveland Browns finished up its first draft class under new general manager Andrew Berry on Saturday. Here is how the AFC North stacked up.
The Cleveland Browns brought in a haul of seven new members to its club, including a slew of undrafted free agents. With generally positive reviews from media outlets all over the country, general manager Andrew Berry efficiently ran his first ever NFL draft.
The rest of the AFC North also reported good scorecards in regards to their respected draft classes. How did these four teams rank in regard to each other? Let’s take a deeper look into how the AFC North stacked up against one another.
No. 4: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers did not own a first round pick and that may be the reason why they rank No. 4 in this ranking. The rest of the class is pretty solid, headlined by second round wide receiver Chase Claypool of Notre Dame.
Claypool had 66 catches for 1,037 yards and 14 touchdowns last season for the Fighting Irish. Pittsburgh has had some good success in drafting receivers, so don’t be surprised if Claypool is productive next season for them.
Alex Highsmith, EDGE from Charlotte, was picked in the third round at No. 102 overall and has a ton of potential and upside coming from a small school. With 15 sacks last season, Highsmith should be able to crack the Steelers rotation in passing downs for Pittsburgh’s defense next season.
The rest of the Steelers draft class is full of long-term projects that include two former Maryland players in running back Anthony McFarland Jr. and safety Antoine Brooks. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is one of the best in the business so don’t be surprised to see a few hits out of this draft class.