The AFC North will play a big role in the first round. That's according to ESPN Insider Todd McShay, who listed the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals among the five teams who could shake up the opening round of the NFL draft.
The Browns are sitting with the fourth overall pick, which is behind the Indianapolis Colts (who are expected to take Andrew Luck) and two teams who won't be drafting quarterbacks in the top 5 (the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings). If there are no trades, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III would fall to the Browns.
The problem is, quarterback-hungry teams like the Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks could all leapfrog the Browns by trading with either the Rams or the Vikings. How determined are the Browns to get RG3? Would they trade up to make sure they get the Heisman Trophy winner?
McShay also makes a case for the Bengals, who own two first-round picks, to move up from the 17th overall spot and move down from No. 21. Cincinnati, which needs a starting running back, could package a second-round pick to jump up and get Alabama's Trent Richardson if he falls toward the bottom of the top 10. The Bengals then could dangle the No. 21 pick to teams wanting to move back into the first round for a quarterback like Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill and gain extra picks.