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State of AFC North: Browns make a deal, Ravens benefit; Steelers looking to trade, too?

How will Cleveland proceed after trading away the second overall pick, and how did that trade help out Baltimore? The Steelers could possibly be looking to wheel and deal on the first night of the draft.

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The Browns received quite a bit from the Eagles in their trade for the second overall pick, but how exactly can they use those picks to turn this team around? The Ravens couldn't be happier now that the top two selections in the draft will be quarterbacks. The Steelers should be comfortable trading in the first round.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens' pick keeps getting better and better

Things have changed drastically for the Ravens. The first two picks in the NFL Draft are assured to be quarterbacks now that the Browns have traded the second overall pick to the Eagles. This means the Ravens won't be stuck with the sixth best player in the NFL Draft, but instead, they'll get the fourth-best non-quarterback. They're likely to have a selection of game changers to choose from.

While Laremy Tunsil and Jalen Ramsey could already be off the board there are reports that Jerry Jones is enamored with Ezekiel Elliott, and if that happens one of them have a chance of slipping to the Ravens. Still the Ravens will probably end up adding a pass rusher to complement Terrell Suggs in Joey Bosa, or adding another wrinkle to their defense in Myles Jack, a linebacker who is very adept at covering which has become a necessity in the NFL.

C.J. Mosley is excited to lead whoever the Ravens draft

C.J. Mosley doesn't care who the Ravens draft, but he is excited to lead whoever it is. Entering his third season, Mosely is looking to add some leadership to a team that has lost quite a bit of that since Ray Lewis and Ed Reed took their leave. Mosley has a point about needing to be more vocal.

"...You can always be a leader by example," Mosley recently said. "But when you feel like it’s: ‘OK, somebody needs to say something,’ that’s when you have to be like: ‘Alright, it’s my time to do that.’ Or just something in general, whether it’s just talking to somebody on the side or [if I] see somebody struggling and just talking to him, keeping his head up."

With Suggs heading toward the end of his career it isn't a bad idea for a young guy like Mosley to start preparing to take the leadership torch.

Cleveland Browns

How the Cleveland Browns can ace the 2016 NFL Draft

The Browns proved they weren't all talk when they traded the second overall pick to the Eagles. This is what they got in return.

Cleveland now has six picks in the top 100 selections, and they will need them after a disappointing free agency that left them with more holes on their roster than Swiss cheese.

The Browns' strategy should be simple: take the best player available. It's a cliche saying, but it really works the best with two types of teams. The first are teams that are already loaded with talent that can afford to just take whoever ends up falling to them. The second are teams that are so bad they literally could use a player at almost every position. I don't think I need to explain which the Browns are.

Dan Kadar went into detail about those top 100 picks, but I will say that a rebuilding team should start by taking a running back in the top 10. The Browns have the ability to wait and end up with whichever blue chip prospect makes it to them at eight. By my count there are six really stellar players after the quarterbacks go off the board, and while Laremy Tunsil and Jalen Ramsey won't likely be falling all the way to eight, there are four players the Browns have a legitimate shot at who could help in the rebuilding process.

First, let's start with the pass rushers in Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner. While Bosa seems like a long shot to make it to eight it's true that stranger things could happen. Bosa would be an instant upgrade over Paul Kruger, Nate Orchard, and former first round bust, Barkevious Mingo. Buckner could really help in the trenches as a run stopper and pass rusher as a 3-4 defensive end, and would fit nicely next to last year's first round pick, Danny Shelton.

The Browns could also fill the hole left at right tackle with the departure of Mitchell Schwartz with offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, or the Browns could luck out and end up with UCLA linebacker, Myles Jack, by teams being scared off by reports that his knee may or may not be okay.

The Browns have plenty of other picks to address wide receiver, safety, and whatever position they don't pick at eight all in the first 100 picks. It's not a bad way to start off a rebuilding process, but it is a blueprint Cleveland is all too familiar with.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers were briefly interested in Josh Norman

The Steelers did their due diligence with Josh Norman after he unexpectedly hit free agency, but it wasn't surprising when they stopped their pursuit. The Steelers weren't going to be able to match the money that the Redskins ended up offering him. The best they could've wished for is that he would possibly take less for a chance to play for a talented team capable of competing for a Super Bowl. But realistically, if he wanted that he could have just stayed in Carolina.

The Steelers could explore trading in Round 1 of the NFL Draft

It is always tough to gauge which players will be available for teams picking in the 20s in the NFL Draft. Currently, there's talk of whether the Steelers could move up to take a coveted player, or if they'd prefer to move back, possibly out of the first round, and pick up some extra later round draft picks.

Moving up would be difficult, but not impossible for the Steelers. If the Steelers are really in love with a prospect they could feel the need to get him to add to a talented roster. But, they remain thin at several positions including safety, cornerback, linebacker and offensive line. The Steelers currently have seven picks, but two of those are seventh rounders. Depending on who is there at 25, the Steelers could find value in trading away their first round pick to acquire a few extra picks to address those needs. There are no wrong answers and no one, not even the Steelers, will know what the they  will do until draft night.

Don't be surprised if the Bengals also approach the draft looking to trade back to acquire more picks. They only have seven picks in the Draft, one in each round, and they haven't had this few picks since 2007. They could look to trade back at some point to add a pick or two in the later rounds of the draft.