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Poaching players from NFL roster cut downs: the AFC North

Let’s find some diamonds in the rough

NFL: Preseason-Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This series will involve scouting - electronically - the 90 man rosters of the other 31 teams in the league for players who might get left behind at final cut downs, who could potentially provide value as the 52nd or 53rd man on the Redskins’ roster.

This edition takes a look at the AFC North, home of the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Read other articles from this series:

Poaching players from NFL roster cut downs: the AFC East

Poaching players from NFL roster cut downs: the AFC South

Baltimore Ravens

Zach Sieler (DE) - Selected in the 7th round of the 2018 draft from Ferris State, Sieler has been showing well on a team with a lot of DL talent.

Tyler Ervin (RB/ST) - Drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 draft by the Texans, this San Jose State product has had some injury issues over the past couple of years, but is a 4.41 speedster who has impressed at Ravens’ camp.

Charles Scarff (TE) - A UDFA from University of Delaware, Scarff has shown talent on a team with great depth at TE. He’s someone we should definitely keep an eye on.

Cincinnati Bengals

Stanley Morgan (WR) - This UDFA out of Nebraska was predicted by some to go as high as the 5th round. On a team generally deprived of talented depth, the WR group (with a healthy AJ Green) is one of the few areas where interesting players might drop off the roster.

Cleveland Browns

Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi (WR/ST) - The very definition of an underdog. If this walk-on from junior college doesn’t make the team, he could be a tantalizing addition. He did torch us in the first preseason game, after all.

Drew Forbes (OL) - I profiled this guy before the draft. Taken in the 6th round out of Southeast Missouri State, he could represent potential guard depth if he slips off the Browns’ roster.

Devaroe Lawrence (DL) - Picked up by the Saints as a UDFA from Auburn in 2017, the Browns traded a 7th rounder for him in 2018. Whose spot did he take on the roster? The one vacated by Caleb Brantley.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Devlin Hodges (QB) - This Samford (Alabama) product caught my eye pre-draft as a potential gadget QB. Turns out the UDFA, who was named the top player in FCS last year, has showed very well at Steelers’ camp.

Henry Mondeaux (DL/ST) - On the outside looking in, this UDFA from Oregon impressed in the first pre-season game. He can play NT as well as DE and also provides help on special teams.

Marcus Allen (S) - This hard hitting safety who used to line up opposite Troy Apke at Penn State was taken by the Steelers in the 5th round of the 2018 draft. With a deep safety corps, he may be available after cut downs this year.

The Steelers are deep at a number of position groups, and have some of the highest-potential talent likely to slip off of a 53-man roster as a result.

Next up: AFC West


Are there any players on this list that you think the Redskins should keep an eye on?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Zach Sieler (DE)
    (14 votes)
  • 1%
    Tyler Ervin (RB/ST)
    (7 votes)
  • 8%
    Charles Scarff (TE)
    (50 votes)
  • 3%
    Stanley Morgan (WR)
    (22 votes)
  • 6%
    Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi (WR)
    (34 votes)
  • 15%
    Drew Forbes (OL)
    (87 votes)
  • 0%
    Devaroe Lawrence (DL)
    (5 votes)
  • 5%
    Devlin Hodges (QB)
    (31 votes)
  • 1%
    Henry Mondeaux (DL/ST)
    (7 votes)
  • 39%
    Marcus Allen (S)
    (221 votes)
  • 15%
    None of the above
    (85 votes)
563 votes total Vote Now