The Combine Report: 2018 NFL Team Needs – AFC North

2018 NFL Draft, Physical Players From The RCI Who Would Fit In The AFC North

In addition to utilizing the NFL Draft to solve an immediate need, teams look to the selection process to build depth and construct a solid roster of teachable, hungry players. This is why the NFL Regional Combine platform is significant.

The NFL Regional Combine became an invitational this year with sessions that were notably shorter in order to showcase more quality athletes. While the RCI trials went well, the true success of the 2018 class will ultimately be determined by their performances in the NFL.

NFL teams need to build their rosters according to the style of its division. Not every football player is suited to perform in certain divisions as some talents have more grit than others.

With the 2018 NFL Draft about to commence, let’s begin by taking a look at the AFC North and potential team members. Newcomers to this extremely physical division need skill and heart to withstand the challenges they will confront.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS – Current RC Players On Roster (P Jordan Berry, S Jordan Dangerfield, CB Dashaun Phillips, WR Marcus Tucker, T Alejandro Villanueva)

Needs: Safety, Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Linebacker, Quarterback

Safety

Mar. 24, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Safety Zedekiah Brown anticipating a pass during a defensive back drill at the NFL Regional Combine Invitational. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

 

Zedekiah Brown – West Georgia. The 5-11, 186-pound safety is a born leader with great speed and instincts.  He is fundamentally sound and has good hands. As a defender, Brown has playmaking abilities as he can track the deep ball well to challenge any pass catcher or create a turnover, something the Steelers desperately need.

Cornerback

Reggie Hall – Jacksonville State. Standing 6-3, 197-pounds, Hall could be a solid defensive back for years to come. A calculated talent with strong hands, he demonstrated solid game day speed at his trials when tracking the ball.

Wide Receiver

Anthony Mahoungou – Purdue. The Steelers need a big receiver with sure hands. Mahoungou is a sure-handed receiver who adjusts to the ball well, and he can break a game open with his high stride running style.

Linebacker

Mike Love – South Florida. Love possesses solid closing speed, decent hands and excellent tackling ability.  He is physical, intense, loves to hit and is built for this division.

Quarterback

Max Browne – Pittsburgh. Browne has a strong arm and can spin the ball in any atmosphere. Standing 6-4, 221-pounds, he is tall in the pocket and has a solid release with a good touch on the ball.

BALTIMORE RAVENS – Current RC Players On Roster (None)

Needs: Wide Receiver, Offensive Lineman, Linebacker, Safety

Wide Receiver

Mar. 24, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Wide receiver Vyncint Smith showing great concentration on his drill execrise at the NFL Regional Combine Invitational. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

 

Vyncint Smith – Limestone College. Labeled the fastest man in South Carolina, Smith is a superb route runner with great hands. He cuts on a dime, concentrates on the flight of the ball and is very strong. Standing 6-1, 201-pounds, Smith will be an excellent target.

Austin Proehl – North Carolina. With the ability to play in nearly any system, Proehl can be a Pro Bowler within two seasons with the right team. He has great hands, speed and instincts. Fundamentally sound in his route running as well, he can probably start right away, especially for the Ravens.

Offensive Lineman

Tony Adams – North Carolina State. The four-year starter can play anywhere on the offensive line. He is powerful, has decent speed, uses his hands well and is always balanced and in control.

Linebacker

Donnie Alexander Jr. – LSU. Alexander is a sure-tackler who has a nose for the ball. He possesses a quick first step, is balanced, has control and good hands for a linebacker.

Safety

Zedekiah Brown – West Georgia. The 5-11, 186-pound safety is a born leader. Fundamentally sound, Brown has great speed and instincts and good hands. As a defender, Brown has playmaking abilities as he can track the deep ball well to challenge any pass catcher or create a turnover, which is something the Ravens desperately need.

CINCINNATI BENGALS – Current RC Players On Roster (S Robensen Therezie)

Needs: Linebacker, Cornerback, Wide Receiver, Offensive Lineman

Linebacker

Mar. 24, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Linebacker Donnie Alexander Jr. executing Punch, Hand, Shriver drill at the NFL Regional Combine Invitational. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

 

Donnie Alexander Jr. – LSU. Alexander is a sure-tackler who has a nose for the ball. He possesses a quick first step, is balanced, has control and good hands for a linebacker.

Cornerback

Mike Cirino – Adams State. At 5-11 and 191-pounds, Cirino has great speed and hands. His ability to stop, start and go is on an elite level, and he should never lose track of any pass catcher.

Tyrin Holloway – Western Illinois. Holloway is a special talent who has a combination of finesse and physicality. Possessing great hands and solid tracking ability, he is fluid in all his movements and not afraid to bring the pain.

Wide Receiver

Steven Dunbar Jr – Houston. Dunbar is a physical receiver who has the ability to blow by a defender, but would prefer to run him over. He has strong hands and is a disciplined route runner with breakaway speed.

Jawill Davis – Bethune-Cookman. Davis is quick and can be explosive in the return game. He is solid physically as he can bounce off collisions to make a play. Davis has great instincts and good hands and feet.

Offensive Lineman

Mason Gentry – SMU. Gentry is nearly flawless in all his movements. With a quick first step and power, he can lead a ball carrier into the open field. Gentry is extremely physical, has great feet and hands, possesses solid instincts and the ability to play on both sides of the line.

CLEVELAND BROWNS – Current RC Players On Roster (LB B.J. Bello, DB Justin Currie, TE Matt Lengel, OL Austin Reiter, DB Denzel Rice)

Needs: Quarterback, Offensive Lineman, Defensive Tackle, Linebacker

Quarterback

Mar. 24, 2018 (Tampa, FLA) – Quarterback Peter Pujals firing off a pass at the NFL Regional Combine Invitational. (Photo by: John Moore – Locker-Report.com)

 

Peter Pujals – Holy Cross. For any team that needs a quarterback, Pujals will have a legitimate chance of making the squad. The 6-1, 211-pound signal caller has a great touch and zip on the ball. He can make every throw with tremendous accuracy, moving well in and out of the pocket to sustain good vision down the field.

Offensive Lineman

Mason Gentry – SMU. Gentry is nearly flawless in all his movements. With a quick first step and power, he can lead a ball carrier into the open field. Extremely physical, Gentry has great feet and hands, possesses solid instincts and the ability to play on both sides of the line.

Defensive Tackle

Abdullah Anderson – Bucknell. Highly intelligent with great leverage to get to the quarterback or ball carrier, Anderson has an explosive first step, solid technique and strong hands.

Linebacker

Joe Ostman – Central Michigan. Extremely athletic, powerful, agile and instinctive, Ostman can drop back into coverage to make a play on the ball. In addition to excellent leverage around the edge and great hands, he has superb balance and control.

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