AFC North: Undrafted Player with Best Shot at Making Each Roster

August 13, 2014 • John Ulecka • AFC, AFC North, Baltimore Ravens, Camp/Preseason, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Front Page, Pittsburgh Steelers, Preseason

We’ve put together a list that includes the one undrafted player from each team that has the best shot at making the final 53-man roster for each team. Here’s the AFC North edition:

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: OT James Hurst

Injuries derailed Hurst’s career and draft stock this year. He had a 4th round grade before the injuries plummeted his stock. Baltimore has their starters in place, but Hurst will be battling Zuttah and Rackley for a spot on the 53-man roster. Baltimore will jump at the chance to keep Hurst on the team, whether he’s on the 53-man roster or the practice squad.

Cincinnati Bengals: CB Vic Hampton

Declaring for the draft was a mistake for Hampton, but if he uses the motivation he could beat out some veterans. I think Hampton lands on the practice squad and uses his rookie season to learn and compete for snaps come 2015.

Cleveland Browns: WR Willie Snead

With Josh Gordon likely suspended, Travis Benjamin recovering from a knee injury and lots of question marks surrounding the WR corps, Snead is a small slot receiver who could catch on with a good preseason. Snead will see time on special teams where he will make or break his chance. The practice squad is very likely if he doesn’t make the final roster.

Pittsburgh Steelers: DT Josh Mauro

One of the Steelers’ biggest areas of need in the off-season other than the O-line was the defensive line. Mauro, at 6’6″/282 pounds, can develop into a 3-technique reminiscent of former Steelers DE Aaron Smith. Mauro will be in a battle with PIT’s 2013 7th round choice Nick Williams for a roster spot.

*Check out Johnny’s AFC East edition here*

Photo: Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports

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