Welcome to the second part of our series of nine articles that will create one Divisional Squad for all eight NFL Divisions, selecting players from only the four teams in that division.

In this second article, we will be focusing on the AFC North.

Check out our first post in which we look at the Divisional Team for the AFC East by clicking on the link.

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So who are the four teams that are going to provide players for selection for our hypothetical AFC North divisional squad and team? Let’s take a closer look.

AFC North

  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Pittsburgh Steelers

Now would be a good time to remind ourselves of the squad selection process and how the 53-man squad will be organised in terms of positions on offense, defense and special teams.

Rules For The Squad Selection

  • All players must be from one of the four teams in the division stated.
  • All squads will be comprised of the same number of players (53).
  • All squads will be uniformly selected with the same number of players in each position.
  • In addition to the 53 squad players, a starting Offense and Defense will be picked.
  • Finally a head coach from one of the four teams will be picked to coach the team.

Each squad will comprise of the following 53 players.

Offense (24 players)

  • Quarterback – 3
  • Running Back – 2
  • Full Back – 1
  • Wide Receiver – 6
  • Tight End – 2
  • Left Tackle – 2
  • Left Guard – 2
  • Center – 2
  • Right Guard – 2
  • Right Tackle – 2

Defense (25 players)

  • Defensive Tackle – 4
  • Defensive Ends – 5
  • Inside Linebacker – 2
  • Outside Linebacker / Edge Rusher – 4
  • Strong Safety – 2
  • Free Safety – 2
  • Cornerbacks – 6

Special Teams (4 players)

  • Kicker – 1
  • Punter – 1
  • Specialist Punt/Kick Off Returner – 1
  • Long Snapper – 1

So let’s now get the process started by taking a look at the 53 players from the AFC North that get into our divisional squad.

AFC North – Squad Selection

QBJoe BurrowCinc. BengalsA+DTCam HeywardPit. SteelersA
QBD’Shaun WatsonCleve. BrownsB-DTDalv. TomlinsnClev. BrownsB
QBLamar JacksonBalt. RavensBDTD.J.ReaderCinc.BengalsB-
RBJoe MixonCinc. BengalsB+DTMont. AdamsPit. SteelersB-
RBNick ChubbCleve. BrownsADETr. HendrickenCinc. BengalsA-
FBPatrick RicardBalt. RavensB+DEMyles GarrettClev. BrownsA+
WROdell BeckhamBalt. RavensA-DEZ’Darus SmithClev. BrownsB
WRJa’Marr ChaseCinc. BengalsA+DELarry OgunjobiPit. SteelersB
WRTee HigginsCinc. BengalsB+DEJoeph OssaiCinc. BengalsB-
WRElijah MooreCleve. BrownsB+ILBRoquan SmithBalt.RavensA
WRGeorge PickensPitt. SteelersBILBLogan WilsonCinc. BengalsB
WRAmari CooperCleve. BrownsBL/ETJ WattPit. SteelersA+
TEMark AndrewsBalt. RavensAL/EAlex HighsmithPit. SteelersB+
TEDavid NjokuCleve. BrownsA-L/EJ-O. KoromoahClev. BrownsB
LTJack ConklinCleve. BrownsA-L/EGermaine PrattCinc. BengalsB-
LTChuk. OkoraforPits. SteelersA-SSRodney McleodClev. BrownsB-
LGLa’el CollinsCinc. BengalsBSSGrant DelpitClev. BrownsB-
LGJoel BitonioCleve. BrownsAFSJuan ThornhillClev. BrownsB+
CMason ColePitt. SteelersB-FSMinkh FitzpatrkPit. SteelersA-
CTylr LinderbaumBalt. RavensACOChdobe AwuzieCinc.BengalsB
RGKevin ZeitlerBalt. RavensB+COGrg NewsomeClev. BrownsB+
RGWyatt TellerCleve. BrownsB+CODenzel WardClev. BrownsC+
RTMorgan MosesBalt.RavensBCORock Ya-SinBalt.RavensC+
RTOrlando BrownCinc. BengalsA-COPat. PetersonPit. SteelersB-
Special TeamsCOMike HiltonCinc. BengalsC+
KJustin TuckerBalt. RavensA+Head Coach
PJordan StoutBalt. RavensB-HCMike TomlinPit. SteelersA
KRJordan ByrdPitt. SteelersCNominated Home Stadium (Capacity)
LSCharl HughlettCleve. BrownsB-STHeinz Field (65,050)Steelers

AFC North Squad Gradings


  • Quarterbacks – B+
  • Running/Full Backs –  A-
  • Wide Receivers – B+
  • Tight Ends – A
  • Offensive Line – A-
  • Overall Offense – A-


  • Defensive Line – B+
  • Edge Rushers – A-
  • Linebackers – B+
  • Safeties – B-
  • Corners – B-

Special Teams

  • Kicker – A+
  • Punter – B-
  • Kick Returner – C
  • Long Snapper – B-

Team Intangibles

  • Experience – B-
  • Pace – B+
  • Physicality – A
  • Mental Toughness – B
  • HC Effectiveness – A

AFC North Starters

QBJoe BurrowBengalsA+DETrey HendriksnBengalsA-
RBNick ChubbBrownsADTCam HeywardSteelersA
WR1Ja’Marr ChaseBengalsA+DTDalv. TomlinsonBrownsB
WR2Odell BeckhmRavensA-DEMyles GarrettBrownsA+
WR3Elijah MooreBrownsB+OLBTJ WattSteelersA+
TEMark AndrewsRavensAILBRoquan SmithRavensA
LTJack ConklinBrownsA-OLBAlex HighsmithSteelersB+
LGJoel BitonioBengalsAFSMink. FitzpatrickSteelersA-
CTy. LinderbmRavensASSRod McLeodBrownsB-
RGWyatt TellerBengalsB+CB1Greg NewsomeBrownsB+
RTOrlando BrwnBengalsA-CB2Chid. AwuzieBengalsB
Special Teams
KJustin TuckerRavensA+ PJordan StoutRavenB-
LSChar. HughlettBrownsB- PRJonathan ByrdSteelersC

AFC North Starting XI Analysis

  • Baltimore Ravens – 6 starters
  • Cincinnati Bengals – 7 starters
  • Cleveland Browns – 8 starters
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – 5 starters


  • Great balance on offense for pass and run.
  • Outstanding offensive line.
  • Two of the best catching receivers in the NFL.
  • Outstanding pass rush on defense
  • Great coach.
  • Best kicker in the NFL.


  • Other than kicker special teams looks weak
  • A relatively poor secondary

Key Player – Offense

Joe Burrow (Bengals) QB – Burrow is the key to this offense and with so many great weapons around him at receiver and tight end, he could open up the pass attack, especially with Nick Chubb in the backfield waiting for a handoff.

Key Player – Defense

Myles Garrett (Browns), TJ Watt (Steelers) – Can’t separate these two best in positions in the NFL. Imagine these lining up against your offensive line. That pass rush would be frightening for any o-line to face.


The AFC North may not have as strong a 53 squad as other divisions, but they have enough quality players to make an outstanding team of starters. They do look a little weak in the secondary and on special teams but they’ll give anybody a run for their money.

Overall Team Rating – B+

A very strong first XI, but I think there is a lack of depth in the squad which means if injury bites, the quality of the starters could be affected.