With the 2015 NFL season now 85 days, we're taking a look at some of the most notable players to join the NFL's most competitive division this offseason.
For this series, we'll rank the five biggest additions to the AFC North this offseason. These are both draft picks and free agents acquired. This ranking is based on how big of an impact each player is expected to make this year.
The Bengals don't have any players in the top five, as most of their additions were either depth guys in free agency or draft picks who aren't expected to play much as rookies.
To kickoff this series, here's a look at four honorable mentions, including one Bengals player:
Steelers CB Senquez Golson
Pittsburgh's biggest needs this offseason was adding a playmaking defensive back. That's where Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson comes into play. The Steelers grabbed Golson with the 56th overall pick in the draft, and he'll be given every opportunity to win a starting job as a rookie.
Golson is a serious playmaker, recording 10 interceptions last year in the SEC. He was one of the best zone-coverage corners in the draft, and Pittsburgh runs a lot of zone. Expect him to play a lot as a rookie, perhaps more than any Steelers newcomer this year.
Bengals DE Michael Johnson
There's no question one of the 10 best players to join the AFC North this offseason is Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson. However, Johnson played in the division from 2008-2013, spent one year in Tampa and is now back in Cincinnati.
He's not exactly what you would call a newcomer, but Johnson is still a big addition to a Bengals defense that finished dead last in sacks last year. Johnson racked up 15 sacks in his final two years in Cincinnati before injuries and playing for the worst team in football led to Johnson getting just four sacks this past season.
Ravens FS Kendrick Lewis
Kendrick Lewis was signed this offseason after spending this past year as the starting free safety for the Houston Texans. He racked up 84 tackles, six pass deflections, three forced fumbles and two interceptions in 16 games in 2014.
In coverage, Lewis gave up just 20 completions on 33 attempts for 252 yards and one score, per Pro Football Focus. In four games vs. AFC clubs, Lewis surrendered a combined three catches for 32 yards and no scores. Because Baltimore lost Darian Stewart to Denver this offseason, Lewis will almost certainly step into a starting role in their defense.
Browns QB Josh McCown
Another year, another new QB in Cleveland, though Josh McCown may be the best the Browns have had in a while, which isn't saying much. The journeyman has a 17-32 career record since joining the NFL in 2002. His finest work came two seasons ago in Chicago, where McCown threw 13 touchdowns vs. one interception and went 3-2 as a starter with a QBR of 109.
McCown fell off a cliff in Tampa, as the Bucs' 2014 starter. He recorded the NFL's third-lowest Total QBR en route to a 1-10 record as a starter. To be fair to McCown, he was playing behind PFF's worst pass-blocking offensive line. Cleveland had the No. 2 pass-blocking line in 2014, despite the putrid play of Johhny Manziel and Brian Hoyer.
Expect McCown to be the Browns' QB this year, which, even though it's Cleveland, makes him one of the division's biggest additions.