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NFL Scouts Talk Anonymously About AFC North Teams



AUG 16, 2022

What do rival scouts think of the Bengals, Ravens, Browns, and Steelers?

Just because a team finishes fourth it its division doesn't make it a bad team. That's especially true in the AFC North, perhaps the most competitive division in the NFL. The Browns are reinvigorated after adding Amari Cooper and Deshaun Watson, who will miss at least six games due to suspension, and the Ravens are welcoming back plenty of injured Pro Bowlers. Plus, the Steelers haven't had a losing season since 2003 and figure to hvae an upgrade at quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger's retirement. That's before mentioning the reigning AFC champions, the Cincinnati Bengals. All of this makes coaches' gossip about the division even more interesting.

In order to get an accurate assessment of the AFC North heading into 2022, Athlon asked NFL scouts to talk anonymously about the Ravens, Bengals, Browns, and Steelers.

Note: These scouting reports come directly from NFL scouts and do not necessarily reflect the views of Athlon's editorial staff.

Baltimore Ravens

"Lamar Jackson doesn't want to sign a new contract with the Ravens, at least not yet. I'm beginning to wonder if it even makes sense for the Ravens to sign him long-term. He's got to prove he can take them deep into the playoffs to earn the big deal. Hollywood Brown wanted out, and he got what he wanted: a trade to Arizona. Brown wasn't feeling the offense the way Greg Roman sets things up, running the football a lot. One of the reasons why Baltimore does that is because Lamar isn't a great passing quarterback. He's a great runner and a great athlete who can make big plays. There's a big difference."

"Mark Andrews doesn't get enough respect. The guy can flat-out play."

"Devin Duvernay is really solid."

"Ronnie Stanley needs to get healthy and stay healthy."

"I really like the Tyler Linderbaum pick. He reminds me of Marshal Yanda. Very tough guy."

"Having J.K. Dobbins back could get the Ravens over the top. Between him and Gus Edwards, they've got an excellent running game."

"The defense just had bad luck last year with the injuries to Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey. Between drafting Kyle Hamilton and signing Marcus Williams, this secondary is big-time."

"I think they'll trade Chuck Clark eventually."

"That was important that they re-signed Calais Campbell. He's got real leadership qualities."

"Odafe Oweh is a special young player."

"Patrick Queen hasn't lived up to his potential yet."

"There hasn't been a kicker like Justin Tucker. Ever."

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