Sunday, April 21, 2013

AFC South Draft Preview

With a week until the NFL Draft, we're taking a look at what to expect from all 32 teams come Draft Day, including some recommended blogs to read and folks to follow on Twitter.

2012 Record: 12-4

Draft Picks: 27, 57, 89, (95), 124, 160, 195, (201), 233

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Houston Die Hards (Blog/Twitter)

Draft Preview: Houston doesn't have many holes on their team, but with the departure of Kevin Walter they could really use another receiver opposite Andre Johnson. The Texans could also use some help on defense, both at linebacker and at corner. Ed Reed is probably a short-term solution at safety and it wouldn't be surprising if they added a safety for depth at some point in the draft.

2012 Record: 11-5

Draft Picks: 24, 86, 121, 192, 230, (254)

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Colts Authority, Nate Dunlevy

Draft Preview: Indianapolis lost a lot of players from the defensive side of the ball and is still working through their 4-3 to 3-4 transition. The Colts need a 3-4 DE and a pass-rushing OLB. They're in good position to nab a falling pass rusher in the first round. The Colts lack a second and fifth round pick so they could be a target for trading back if someone wants to move up and take a QB.

2012 Record: 6-10

Draft Picks: 10, 40, 70, (97), 107, 142, (202), 216, (248)

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Titans MCM/Music City Miracles

Draft Preview: Tennessee ranked in the 20s in pretty much every category (22nd pass offense, 21st run offense, 21st sacks allowed, 26th pass defense, 24th run defense) so there is room for improvement across the board. With former first round picks at QB (Locker), RB (CJ?K) and WR (Britt, Wright), defense will likely take priority in this draft. The Titans have Michael Griffin and Bernard Pollard at safety but still need help in the defensive backfield, specifically at CB. Tennessee hasn't been involved in any first round trades in the last 6 drafts, so it's hard to see them moving out of the #10 spot.

2012 Record: 2-14

Draft Picks: 2, 33, 64, 98, 135, 169, 208

Recommended Blogs/Twitter: Big Cat Country

Draft Preview: Jacksonville is always kind of a wild card in the draft. They seem to lock in on their guys and take them regardless of where they draft. They obviously need help on the defensive front (30th in run defense, 30th in sacks), but their quarterback situation is questionable with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne, which leaves the door open for Geno Smith to go at #2. The Jaguars offensive line wasn't much better than their defensive front, finishing 30th in rushing offense and 30th in sacks. Jacksonville has been involved in first round trades in 4 of the last 6 years, but only once did they move down from their position.

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