Friday, April 20, 2012

Required Reading: Links to the Best in AFC North Coverage, 4/20 Edition

Today's AFC North required reading includes profiles of some up-and-comers in Baltimore and Cincinnati, intense draft speculation, an argument for and against the Browns trading down out of their No. 4 overall pick, and the end of three-year restricted free agency.


The Baltimore Sun's Matt Vensel profiles Baltimore Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger, who is poised to take over for free-agent loss Jarret Johnson this year.

Bleacher Report's Cooper Allen gives us four players who could be draft-day steals for the Ravens.

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report says the Cincinnati Bengals appear to have strong interest in wide receiver Marvin McNutt.

The Middletown (OH) Journal's Jay Morrison spoke to the Bengals' class of free-agents, who are looking forward to making big contributions to their new team.

Bleacher Report's Brian Stepanek says the Cleveland Browns simply cannot afford to keep their No. 4 overall pick and must trade down.

The Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto says that trading down was the right move for the Browns last year, but the wrong move this year.

Nick DeWitt of Bleacher Report power ranks the Pittsburgh Steelers' regular-season schedule.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette talks about a conceit about to become extinct at midnight tonight—the three-year restricted free-agent.



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