OT Jah Reid
Round 1: Colorado CB Jimmy Smith
Round 2: Maryland WR Torrey Smith
Round 3: Central Florida OT Jah Reid
Round 4: Indiana WR Tandon Doss
Round 5a: Texas CB Chykie Brown
Round 5b: Mississippi State DE Pernell McPhee
Round 6: Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor
Round 7: Georgia Tech RB Anthony Allen
Worst Pick: Reid. He did little in the East-West Shrine Game workouts to suggest he was a future NFL starter, so having him compete for a job at right tackle as a rookie seems far-fetched.
Analysis: The Ravens added much-needed youth and speed to their receiving corps with Torrey Smith and Doss, and Taylor may end up being the No. 2 behind Joe Flacco right out of the gate.
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WR A.J. Green
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Round 1: Georgia WR A.J. Green
Round 2: TCU QB Andy Dalton
Round 3: Nevada LB Dontay Moch
Round 4: Georgia G Clint Boling
Round 5: West Virginia S Robert Sands
Round 6: Stanford WR Ryan Whalen
Round 7a: Southern Illinois CB Korey Lindsey
Round 7b: Baylor RB Jay Finley
Worst Pick: Dalton. Not only is Dalton perhaps no better than a third- or fourth-round talent in what was a terrible draft for quarterbacks, but owner Mike Brown would rather let Carson Palmer rot away in retirement than give in to the Pro Bowler's trade demand -- maybe he could acquire a 2011 second rounder in return once the lockout is lifted.
Analysis: Dalton has to shed his label as a spread-option passer and then face both Baltimore and Pittsburgh twice every season, but Moch is a speed merchant on defense and Boling was a solid value in the fourth round to help the running game.
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OT Jason Pinkston
Round 1: Baylor DT Phil Taylor
Round 2a: Pittsburgh DE Jabaal Sheard
Round 2b: North Carolina WR Greg Little
Round 4a: USC TE Jordan Cameron
Round 4b: Stanford FB Owen Marecic
Round 5a: Tennessee-Chattanooga CB Buster Skrine
Round 5b: Pittsburgh G OT Jason Pinkston
Round 7: Nebraska S Eric Hagg
Best Pick: Pinkston. Joe Thomas is likely the best left tackle in football, but he needs a bookend and Pinkston had a much higher grade on a lot of draft boards.
Worst Pick: Taylor. While the 6-3, 334-pounder may very well be dominant up front before it's all said and done, his projections were all over the place and he seemed to fit best at nose tackle in a 3-4.
Analysis: Taylor and Sheard will help Cleveland make the switch back to a traditional 4-3 on defense, Little is a wide receiver in a running back's body and Cameron could be the next good basketball player-turned-great tight end.
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LB Chris Carter
Round 1: Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward
Round 2: Florida OT Marcus Gilbert
Round 3: Texas CB Curtis Brown
Round 4: Citadel CB Cortez Allen
Round 5: Fresno State LB Chris Carter
Round 6: Nebraska G Keith Williams
Round 7: Texas Tech RB Baron Batch
Best Pick: Carter. An undersized defensive end in the collegiate ranks, he should be ready and able to move to pass-rushing linebacker -- it's a mystery why he didn't come off the board much sooner.
Worst Pick: Williams. We're talking about a sixth-round offensive lineman, so it's not like he needs to be a big contributor any time soon, but Williams had to earn his starting job back as a senior and apparently isn't mentally tough, which will not endear him to someone like coach Mike Tomlin.
Analysis: Heyward and Gilbert can add depth to aging deffensive and offensive lines, respectively, Brown is needed in a secondary lacking talent beyond Troy Polamalu and Carter was a tremendous value where the Steelers got him.
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Best Draft in the AFC North: Ravens
|John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.|