The NFL Draft through Ohio Eyes

Photo is courtesy of Laces Out/ msn.foxsports.com Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)

  As I write this blog, the 2013 NFL Draft is upon us! The next three days will be full of 7 different rounds of draft picks and honestly, I have always enjoyed watching the NFL Draft! Probably because of the coverage that it gets, but mostly because I find it captivating. The NBA Draft is boring and too short for me, while the MLB Draft is too stinking long, so the NFL's  version is just right. In my neck of the woods, people are wondering who is atop the draft board for the Browns, Bengals and Steelers. For the Browns, who just selected Barkevious Mingo out of Louisiana State, they got exactly what they needed.  They have been searching long and hard for a defensive end that has raw strength and a great burst off of the snap, and Mingo is that kind of player.  There were some thoughts out there that Mingo is too small to play the defensive end position in the NFL, but after watching this kid play one snap, you know immediately that those statements are incorrect.  I may be totally wrong and Mingo will be another Browns first round bust, but if his career at LSU is any token to what he can be, the Browns have found a future for the franchise.

  Just like every year, it seems as if that team from Pittsburgh doesn't have too many holes to fill. I have heard rumblings of linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree from Georgia, and even though they may be solid selections, there was one name that really caught my eye. Tyler Eifert is an incredible athlete that looks like a big wide receiver, but plays tight end.  The Notre Dame product is an excellent route runner and can even do his fare share of blocking. Eifert will be a great fit for anyone, but he seems meant for the black and yellow. I am a huge fan of Heath Miller and his style of play, but with the loss of Mike Wallace in the off season, the Steelers need to find another way to stretch the field, and getting a new breed of tight end like Eifert is as good as it gets.

  Last but not least, the Cincinnati Bengals have drafted quite well in years past and look to keep that success up tonight. Just like the Steelers, I have seen Alec Ogletree linked to Cincy, as well as Washington Huskie corner, Desmond Trufant.  But just in the last couple of days, I have heard a new name that excites me. Running back from Alabama, Eddie Lacy, is rising quickly on the Bengals draft board. These days, you don't see many running backs get drafted in the first round, but a back like Lacy deserves it. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, he backed up All-American's Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, but finally got a chance to prove what he can do in his junior campaign.  By the way he performed and due to the lack of use that he has put on the tires makes him a fresh and phenomenal running back for the future. The Bengals may have the law firm in Green-Ellis in the backfield, but the powerful, yet quick and speedy back out of Bama would be as good as it gets for Cincinnati. Whether you agree or disagree with me, there is no telling if I am right or wrong. The only way you can find out is to check out the NFL Draft this weekend and see who doesn't draft Matt Barkley, and whoever does, you deserve to be laughed at! Good ol' Matt Barkley, almost as bad as Charles Barkley, but I won't go that far.