It's one day before the start of the NFL draft. The only news that may happen in the AFC North before the first pick is the Bengals re-signing offensive tackle Andre Smith. As I did yesterday, the wake-up call is ordered by the teams' positioning in the draft ...
BROWNS: Craig Robertson is expected to compete against James Michael-Johnson for the starting inside linebacker job, a position he hasn't played since practicing there as a freshman at North Texas. At 229 pounds, Robertson doesn't plan to bulk up and dismisses the notion that he's too light for the position. “(Teams) are putting more linebackers in space so you better be able to move,” Robertson told The Plain Dealer. “(Defensive coordinator Ray Horton) fits guys to the defense. It doesn’t require the typical 260-pound head buster. We need guys who are going to move.”
STEELERS: Once considered a top-five pick, Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones told the NFL Network that he'll be taken by the Steelers if he is sitting there in the bottom half of the first round. "If I even get to 17, I don't think I get past the Steelers," Jones said. "I mean, from what I've been told, I don't think I get past the Steelers." There's a chance that Jones could be there for the Steelers, who are looking for the heir apparent to James Harrison. The New Orleans Saints are interested in Jones at No. 15. The New York Jets could also take Jones at No. 9 or No. 13 (from the Darrelle Revis trade).
BENGALS: Despite going from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 one, Harrison believes there's little difference in his role the Bengals have planned for him compared to what he did in Pittsburgh the past nine seasons. “It’s not really a concern. Some of the defenses that we do are the same terminology. The coverages are the same, it's just you might switch from side to side," Harrison said, via the team's official website. "I’ll be playing sometimes stack like a regular inside linebacker that would play a 3-4. It’s a difference because you’re playing with an extra lineman. The only difference for me is I’ll be switching from side to side and playing stack in some of the situations."
RAVENS: Kelechi Osemele said he would be "fairly comfortable" switching to left tackle, a position he started 38 games in college. But Osemele would welcome back free agent Bryant McKinnie, a move that would likely push Osemele back to left guard. “He’s a great asset to our team, he’s a powerful weapon to have, especially with the both of us on the same side," Osemele told the team's official website. "If we could repeat that, that would be good. But I trust Ozzie and those guys, they know what they’re doing.”