The first post-draft chat not surprisingly had a lot of questions about the newest rookies in the AFC North. There was also a question about the most popular quarterback who has yet to find another job in the NFL. Here are some highlights from the chat ...
cp (reno): I was surprised the Steelers took Le'Veon Bell that early (second round). What do you think?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I was surprised, too. They had medical concerns with Eddie Lacy and had Le'Veon Bell as their top-rated back. There have been a lot of varying opinions on him. He is really the key to the Steelers' draft.
dan (lynchburg va): What was the biggest draft surprise from the AFC North?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Hands down, TE Tyler Eifert in the first round to the Bengals. I don't believe anyone saw this coming. But it showed that the Bengals weren't going to pass up a player with so much value even though he didn't address a need.
vince, nj [via mobile]: Would Tim Tebow fit in on the Browns? He has a playoff win (over a Browns division rival and Norv Turner saw what the kid could do first hand twice two years ago). Is he worth the media parade?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I know new Browns general manager Mike Lombardi liked him coming out of college (he talked about him when he was with the NFL Network) and he's close friends with Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow in Denver. But I just don't see the Browns inviting that drama to Cleveland.
Andrew (Cleveland): I know it's early, but how many wins will the Browns have next season? Although they didn't draft a lot of players, I think an improved coaching staff and aggressive schemes make them a .500 team in 2013.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Best possible scenario is 8-8. But I would bet against it.
Lewis (Miami County, Ohio.): Hi JH, Do you think Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga can step his game up this year or have we seen all that Rey has to offer?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): I think he'll play better than last year. He seemed too distracted by the contract year.
Aaron (SLC): Do you think Cleveland is planning on trading [Jabaal] Sheard to get a veteran cornerback or free safety, or do the Browns think Leon McFadden and Jamoris Slaughter are the answers at those positions?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Browns officials said at the draft that there were no plans to trade Sheard.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Gaither won't be here as long as John Harbaugh is coach there.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): That's what the Steelers are hoping. They need to get younger and cheaper at that position.
Frank (beirut Lebanon): Are the Ravens a top-five defense this year?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): With the moves they've made, they'll definitely be better than No. 17 from last year. Top 10 seems realistic.
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Nothing I've seen from him over the past few years tells me that he can.
J.D. (Cleveland): Have you heard any rumblings of a Kerry Rhodes-Ray Horton reunion in Cleveland?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): That wouldn't surprise me. In fact, it makes sense. Browns have the cap room to do it. And they have a need.
Chris (Texas) [via mobile]: Do you see third-round wide receiver Markus Wheaton working his way into the starting receiver rotation this year for the Steelers?
Jamison Hensley (ESPN): Steelers have raved about how polished he is. Based on that, I would say he has a chance to be No. 3 or No. 4. He will likely contribute more on special teams than Plaxico Burress and Jerricho Cotchery, which will help him be active on game days.