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:
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.
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