NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: AFC SOUTH

April 25, 2016

 

HOUSTON TEXANS

TEAM NEEDS:

FS, C, LDE, SS, TE, OG/OT, WR, RB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER

CJ Prosise, Tyler Ervin, Daniel Lasco, Will Fuller, Braxton MillerSterling ShepardLeonte Carroo, 

Devon Cajuste, Geronimo AllisonJakeem Grant, DJ Foster, Austin Hooper, Nick Vannett, Caleb Benenoch, John Theus, Germain IfediDarrell GreeneCole Toner, Mike Matthews, Vernon Butler, Ryan BrownEmmanuel OgbahElandon RobertsEric MurrayKevon SeymourBrie Boddy-CalhounCre'von LeBlancKarl Joseph, Sean DavisTaylor BertoletCory Carter

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(22)   WR WILL FULLER

(52)   FS KEANU NEAL

(85)   TE NICK VANNETT

(119) RB CJ PROSISE

(159) CB ERIC MURRAY

(166) OT JOHN THEUS

(195) WR GERONIMO ALLISON

 


It's no secret that the Texans are in the market for a #2 speed WR to compliment DeAndre Hopkins, and if I had to bet money, I'd say that is the direction they go with their first round pick. The question is which WR do they prefer? Personally, I would go the Corey Coleman route, but I have this feeling that they are in love with Will Fuller. The combination of Eddie Pleasant and Andre Hal is probably the sorriest starting safety duo in the NFL, and adding a player like Keanu Neal who could play either spot could be a huge boost to the secondary in the second round. If Karl Joseph is available at that pick, I would expect him to end up in Houston instead of Neal, but the consensus I'm getting is Joseph will be gone by then. The Texans spent extended time at the Senior Bowl with TE Nick Vannett, and he fits the bill as a solid go-to guy for new QB Brock Osweiler, immediately upgrading CJ Fiedorowicz. The Texans added Lamar Miller in free agency, but after Miller, the cupboard is bare at RB. CJ Prosise is a player who the Texans had in for an official visit that would be an outstanding depth/change of pace back behind Miller in the 4th round. With CB Jonathan Jones getting long in the tooth, scrappy Minnesota CB Eric Murray would be an ideal eventual replacement who can start off playing a significant role in dime packages and special teams. Similar to Vannett, OT John Theus is another player the Texans scouting staff spent time with in Mobile and has versatility to add depth at either the guard and tackle spot. Although a center like Mike Matthews could be a possibility with their final pick, the Texans may keep replenishing their WR corps and add Geronimo Allison, whom they appear high on. 

 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

TEAM NEEDS:

EDGE, C, OTTO, CB, COVERAGE LB, EDGE DEPTH, LB DEPTH, K, DEFENSE, DEFENSE, MORE DEFENSE

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Jeff Driskel, Aaron Green, Kelvin Taylor, Devon Johnson, Jay Lee, Cody Core, Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley, Sebastian Tretola, Avery Young, Ryan Kelly, Noah Spence, Yannick Ngakoue, Joey Bosa, Robert Nkemdiche, Kenny Clark, Chris Jones, Leonard Floyd, Myles Jack, Reggie Ragland, BJ Goodson, Jalen Ramsey, Vernon Hargreaves, Mackensie Alexander, Eli Apple, William Jackson III, Daryl WorleyTaveze Calhoun, Brian Poole, Jayron Kearse, Vonn Bell

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(5)     LB MYLES JACK

(38)   C RYAN KELLY

(69)   LEO SHILIQUE CALHOUN

(103) LEO YANNICK NGAKOUE

(146) LB BJ GOODSON

(181) OTTO ALEX MCCALISTER

(201) CB DEIONDRE' HALL

(226) RB KELVIN TAYLOR

 

 

I feel really good about Myles Jack being the guy at 5 if the Jaguars stay put, even if he does have only one knee. The Jaguars could ween him into the game slowly by playing him at outside linebacker opposite of Telvin Smith and moving him inside to coverage middle linebacker in lieu of Paul Posluszny on 3rd and long situations. If Ryan Kelly is available in round 2, I think Dave Caldwell pulls a thumb muscle trying to call his reps in Chicago to submit the pick. Kelly allows the Jaguars to keep Brandon Linder at RG, where he could potentially be an All-Pro this season after coming back from injury. With edge rusher not yet addressed, the Jaguars hit the position with back-to-back selections of Shilique Calhoun and Yannick Ngakoue, both of which would be ideal fits in their 4-3 under front and also provide some insurance behind Dante Fowler. At 146, the Jaguars continue to add linebacker depth with speedy Clemson middle linebacker BJ Goodson. Alex McCalister is a tall, lean pass rusher who at 240 lbs could provide depth at the Jaguars "OTTO" linebacking position, and Dante Fowler has already publicly exclaimed his excitement of the possibility of re-uniting with his former Gator teammate. Deiondre' Hall is a long corner who saw a lot of snaps for Gus Bradley and the South team at the Senior Bowl this year and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up taking Dwayne Gratz's spot on the roster when Aaron Colvin returns from suspension. Lastly, Kelvin Taylor, because, well, you know...

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

TEAM NEEDS:

RG/RT, RB, C, ROLB, RILB, SS, FS, NT

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Kenyan DrakeMarshaun Coprich, Zac Brooks, Leonte Carroo, Keyarris GarrettJakeem GrantWendall Williams, Brandon Shell, Darrell Greene, Luther Maddy, Dean Lowry, DeForest Buckner, Joel HeathNoah SpenceShilique CalhounJordan Jenkins, Kamalei Correa, Bronson Kaufusi, Yannick NgakoueAaron WallaceDeion Jones, Mackensie Alexander, Artie Burns, Kevon Seymour, Lloyd Carrington, Anthony BrownKarl JosephTJ GreenSu'a Cravens, KJ Dillon, Antonio Glover

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(28)   OLB NOAH SPENCE

(59)   FS KARL JOSEPH

(126) RB KENNETH DIXON

(162) RG VADAL ALEXANDER

(165) C AUSTIN BLYTHE

(203) DE DEAN LOWRY

 

 

Everyone has OT mocked to the Colts in round one. Good idea, but I just don't see Tunsil, Stanley, Decker or Conklin being around by the time the Colts are on the clock. Indianapolis is in a good position to trade down, but if they cannot find a suitor, Noah Spence could be a logical pick to start grooming for the ROLB spot behind Robert Mathis and also give owner Jim Irsay a wing man when he goes to EDM raves. In the second round, Karl Joseph could be the second-coming of Bob Sanders, giving their secondary a ball-hawking safety who can boost the perimeter play of Vontae Davis and Patrick Robinson. Kenneth Dixon would be tremendous value if available in round 3 and could push Frank Gore for the starting RB spot right out of the gate. Finally, we get to offensive line, and Vadal Alexander is a player who could play either RG or RT at the next level. Former Hawkeye C Austin Blythe comes in at 165, and the Colts end their draft with the selection of DE Dean Lowry, who could add some depth in the event Arthur Jones cannot get back into pre-injury form. 

 

TENNESSEE TITANS

TEAM NEEDS:

OT, LG, LOLB, CB, LDE, FS, NT, ILB

 

PROSPECT TRACKER:

Derrick Henry, Keenan ReynoldsStephen AndersonAustin Hooper, Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie StanleyJack Conklin, Caleb Benenoch, Germain Ifedi, Shon Coleman, Zach Sterup, Kenny Clark, Vernon Butler, DJ Reader, Joel HeathDeForest BucknerAdolphus WashingtonLawrence ThomasJoey BosaEmmanuel Ogbah, Yannick NgakoueDarron LeeDeion Jones, Mackensie Alexander, Xavien HowardTavon YoungJalen RamseyTyvis Powell, Jayron Kearse, Vonn BellKeanu Neal

 

VISIT

PRIVATE WORKOUT

 

PROJECTED DRAFT:

(15)   RT JACK CONKLIN

(33)   NT KENNY CLARK

(43)   LOLB EMMANUEL OGBAH

(45)   CB XAVIEN HOWARD

(64)   LDE ADOLPHUS WASHINGTON

(76)   LG SEBASTIAN TRETOLA

(140) FS JAYRON KEARSE

(193) ILB JOSH FORREST

(222) WR/TE STEPHEN ANDERSON

 

6 picks in the first 76. Wow. We start off with Jack Conklin, who I like better at RT at the next level. The combination of Taylor Lewan and Conklin would give the Titans this decade's version of Michael Roos and David Stewart in a division with JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, and Dante Fowler. The second round is where it gets fun, because the Titans can really go best player available. Kenny Clark will be an effective nose tackle at the next level, and Emmanuel Ogbah could be the twitchy outside linebacker opposite Brian Orakpo that the Titans are really lacking in Derrick Morgan. Xavier Howard is a polarizing CB who at times looks like Richard Sherman and at others looks like Brandon Browner. But, like, 2015 Saints-version of Brandon Browner. Regardless, if he can work with a coach like Dick Lebeau and generate some consistency, he can have the highest ceiling of any CB in the draft. Adolphus Washington at the top of the third round gives the Titans a whole new (scary) defensive line with Kenny Clark and Jurell Casey. At 76, the Titans upgrade from Byron Bell with mauling Arkansas LG Sebastian Tretola. Jayron Kearse follows his uncle Jevon to Nashville at the top of the fifth round, giving the Titans a blueprint at the position beyond Rashad Johnson. Thumping linebacker Josh Forrest gives the Titans some depth behind Avery Williamson and Wesley Woodyard, and WR/TE Stephen Anderson gives Marcus Mariota yet another threat in the red zone.

 

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