AFC North Draft roundup: Steelers jump in front of Bengals to take Michigan LB Devin Bush

Bengals take Alabama tackle 11th, Ravens trade down

Daryl Ruiter
April 25, 2019 - 11:06 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – With the Cleveland Browns taking the opening round of the 2019 NFL Draft off, here’s a look at how things unfolded for the rest of the AFC North Thursday night.

The Pittsburgh Steelers jumped 10 spots to get in front of the Cincinnati Bengals in a trade with the Denver Broncos to select Michigan linebacker Devin Bush.

Pittsburgh gave up their first- (No. 20), second- (No. 52) and a 2020 third-round pick for the right to move up.

Bush racked up 172 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 11 pass break-ups and an interception for the Wolverines over three seasons.

Bush effectively replaces Ryan Shazier, who is recovering from a serious back injury suffered against the Bengals in Dec. 2017 in the middle of the Steelers’ defense. Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery and has regained the ability to walk and run but it is doubtful he’ll play in the NFL again.

Cincinnati selected Alabama tackle Jonah Williams with the very next selection, 11th overall. Williams will be counted on to help protect quarterback Andy Dalton from the Browns’ vicious front that includes Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon.

Baltimore traded 22 to Philadelphia for No. 25, a fourth- (No. 127) and sixth- (No. 197) round pick. The Eagles added some protection for Carson Wentz by picking Washington State tackle Andre Dillard.

The Ravens eventually took Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown 25th, who should provide quarterback Lamar Jackson with a nice target to throw to this fall.

Brown tallied 132 receptions for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons for the Sooners catching footballs from Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray.

Mayfield and Murray became the first back-to-back Heisman winners from the same school to be selected first overall in NFL history.