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Old 04-29-2008, 10:18 AM   #1
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:39 AM   #2
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The AFC North is one of the toughest divisions in football, and its talent pool became deeper this weekend with the influx of drafted players such as Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers (No. 8), Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall and new Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (No. 18).


Here is a breakdown of this weekend's draft within the AFC North:
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Rashard Mendenhall gives the Steelers a legitimate weapon behind starting RB Willie Parker.


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T he best move was actually two moves made by the Pittsburgh Steelers. General manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin ignored the team's most glaring need -- offensive line -- on Day 1 and opted to go with the best available players. Those two players were Illinois' Mendenhall at No. 23 and Texas receiver Limas Sweed at No. 53. Both players graded out as first-round talents in most projections, meaning Pittsburgh got tremendous value for its picks.


The Steelers didn't necessarily need a tailback or a receiver. But pairing Mendenhall with Willie Parker and adding Sweed to the receiving duo of Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes will make defensive coordinators around the league cringe this season
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Basically, steelers will win the AFC North in 2009.
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I really think that the Steelers with this draft and being Tomlins 2nd season coaching and the experience he gained last season all points towards the Steelers winning this division in '08
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BArring th line issues... especially if they are fixed.... I think we are a serious contender for #6!!!!!!
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I believe the Steelers can win the AFCN this season but I'm still going to wait before I predict a sure-fire AFCN crown until after TC and preseason.
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Everyone was talking about how great the Browns made themselves in FA until they realized that they sacrificed way too much in draft picks to get that.

So now everyone realized that, as usual, the Browns suck.
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cincy will blow again w/ only having one wr to throw to.. and the off wonn't be able to put up points or even keep up anymore..

the ravens will have a hard yr with the qb situation.. this is the yr u didn't want a qb situation w/ the sch they have... i poss see all 3 can start this yr

the browns gave up too much 4 FA's.. and only having 1 rb will hurt them... but they will keep it closs w/ the passing game
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Did we have any doubt we will win the division as usual!
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