Fixing The AFC South With @Dingas4
2017 Record: 4-12
4TH In AFC South
Defensive Lineman, Linebacker, Offensive Lineman, Runningback, Edge, Wide Receiver.
Team Outlook: On defense the Colts are switching to a 4-3 scheme. An edge rusher and a three-tech will help with that transition. They simply don't have the talent they require at inside linebacker either and will be forced to add talent there. The offensive line is clearly not where it needs to be right now. Tackle and guard are considerations. Wide receiver appeared to be a strength a few years ago, but that isn't the case any longer.
Round 1, Pick 06, 6th Overall - Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame - Lets call it the way it is, the Colts need help everywhere as this roster may be the worst in the league. If Chubb doesn’t drop here, the best option is to draft Nelson.
Round 2, Pick 04, 36th Overall - Josh Sweat, Edge, Florida State - After missing out on defensive end Bradley Chubb, the Colts can add one of the hottest edge rushers here in the second with the first of three picks.
Round 2, Pick 05, 37th Overall - Sony Michel, RB, Georgia - Colts again in a very good spot here as the second tier of backs should all be available (Michel, Chubb, Penny, Jones). Mack is the lead back on the depth chart and I’m not sold that’s a good thing.
Round 2 Pick 17, 49th Overall - Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M - Name a receiver on this team outside of TY Hilton….Give up? Well here’s the answer Chester Rogers, KJ Brent, Ryan Grant, Krishawn Hogan and Seantavius Jones. I probably don’t have to justify this any further.
Round 3, Pick 03, 67th Overall - Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma - Colts add Brown to play along side guard Quenton Nelson and suddenly this O-Line is looking strong going forward, Brissett will be plenty protected. Brown dropped due to a poor combine but I’m going to trust the tape when it comes to him.
Round 4, Pick 04, 104th Overall - Trenton Thompson, DL, Georgia - Build them trenches is never a bad idea, and the Colts have a need here as well. Thompson is more of a three tech lineman that stays low with a wide base, watch the Notre Dame film and see how well he performs against Quenton Nelson.
Round 5, Pick 03, 140th Overall - Genard Avery, LB, Memphis - I wish I could give every team Avery, he is big at 6’1 255, & comes at you like a bullet. He gives you options as either MLB or SLB, wherever you put him he's going to produce.
Round 6, Pick 04, 178th Overall - Oren Burks, LB, Vanderbilt - So you added your future MLB/SLB so why not grab you WLB right. Burks is athletic and as tough as them come. At Vandy he was versatile and played multiple positions.
Round 7, Pick 03, 221st Overall - Darious Williams, CB, UAB - Here’s a nice sleeper pick that no one is talking about. Williams had 5 picks and 19 passes broke up last season thanks to his great ball instincts.
2017 Record 4-12
3rd In AFC South
Position Needs: Cornerback, O-Lineman, D-Lineman, Tightend, Safety, Wide Receiver.
Team Outlook: The Texans are without a first or second round picks, so they had to add help through free agency this offseason. The signings of Zach Fulton and Senio Kelemete strengthen the interior of the offensive line, but they should still be looking for help at guard and tackle. The same goes for the secondary, which was awful at times in 2017. The Texans will need to look for a Y-tight end who can handle run-blocking duties. J.J. Watt hasn't been at full strength in two years, so the Texans could look to add depth along the defensive line.
Round 3, Pick 04, 68th Overall - Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis - The fact the Texans are without a pick in either the 1st or 2nd round is kind of a bummer, but they add a nice weapon here to play opposite of Hopkins and Fuller. Miller reminds me of Steve Smith and can play out of the slot as well.
Round 3, Pick 16, 80th Overall - Kemoko Turay, Edge, Rutgers - After watching their pass rushers go down last season due to injury, so they add to their depth here. Turay is a gap buster with a good motor, which makes him a great fit..
Round 3, Pick 34, 98th Overall - Kyzir White, S, West Virginia - I envision White as a hybrid type safety who can still add to his frame, a strength of his is his ability to be physical with TE’s and he will thump you in the box.
Round 4, Pick 03, 103rd Overall - Geron Christian, OT, Louisville - Some see him as a 3rd round pick so grabbing him early in the 4th is a win for Houston. He is long, the former basketball player has some room to grow and improve.
Round 6, Pick 03, 177th Overall - JC Jackson, CB, Maryland - Texans add a physical corner in the 6th that many have going earlier, who also isn’t afraid to stick his nose into the run game.
Round 6, Pick 37, 211th Overall - Skylar Phillips, G, Idaho State - Adding some depth here late the 6th with a guard who also played some tackle during his college years and can anchor an offensive line.
Round 6, Pick 40, 214th Overall - Bradley Bozeman, C, Alabama - Bozeman has the size but his upside is some what limited he but can provide some much needed depth.
Round 7, Pick 04, 222nd Overall - Will Dissly, TE, Washington - The Texans require a "Y-Tightend", well that is exactly what Dissly is. He has the potential to become a productive and effective player at the next level.
2017 Record 9-7
2nd In AFC South
Position Needs: Linebacker, O-Line, D-Line, Wide Receiver, Edge, Safety.
Team Outlook: Finding at least one consistent edge rusher should be a top priority. With the departure of Avery Williamson, ILB has moved way up the needs list. Tennessee used a first-round pick on Corey Davis last year, but the receiver group could still use a big-play threat to complement Davis. The Titans could use more depth on the defense line. This is considered a deep draft at the guard position fortunately.
Round 1, Pick 25, 25th Overall - Leighton Vander Esche, LB, Boise State - The Titans find the perfect replacement for Avery Williamson who left Nashville for New York
Round 2, Pick 25, 57th Overall - Arden Key, Edge, LSU - I choose to discount his last college season and focus on what he did previous. Key may very well be the most talented edge rusher in this draft as long as he can stay disciplined.
Round 3, Pick 25, 89th Overall - Da’shawn Hand, DL, Alabama - Titans love to play smash mouth football and beat up on you on both sides of the ball.
Round 3, Pick 01, 65th Overall - Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama - Buffalo is limited when it comes to impact pass rushers and pocket disruptors, so the addition of Hand with bolster the Bills pass rush. He possesses an NFL size, skill, combination, and plays with the urgency we have come to expect from Alabama defenders.
Round 4, Pick 25, 125th Overall - Daesean Hamilton, WR, Penn State - Hamilton is arguably the best route runner in this class so pairing him up with Davis would bold well for the future.
Round 5, Pick 25, 162nd Overall - Taylor Hearn, G, Clemson - This is just about the right spot in the draft for Hearn, he’s size and power will make him a great backup depth guy.
Round 6, Pick 25, 199th Overall - Trey Marshall, S, Florida State - With no 7th round pick the Titans add a special teamer here who can play a box safety type roll when needed.
2017 Record 10-6
1st In AFC South
Position Needs: Cornerback, Linebacker, O-Line, Quarterback, Wide Receiver.
Team Outlook: Finding a swing tackle with the potential to move to RT is an option, as is another guard despite the addition of Andrew Norwell. The retirement of Paul Posluszny makes LB a more pressing need. The Jaguars need to find help at QB whether it's competition for Blake Bortles or someone to groom behind him. With Aaron Colvin gone to Houston, the Jaguars might try to add an athletic cornerback as well.
Round 1, Pick 29, 29th Overall - Billy Price, G, Ohio State - Price tore his pectoral muscle during the combine but it now seems like he will be ready for the 2018 season. Price was perhaps the top rated interior lineman prior to his injury and can play guard and center.
Round 2, Pick 29, 61st Overall - Martinas Rankins, OT, Mississippi State - Jaguars continue to add to their offensive line after spending last season money re-tooling that scary defense. Rankins looks the part to be an everyday starter.
Round 3, Pick 29, 93rd Overall - Duke Ejiofor, Edge, Wake Forest - - Ejiofor lands in the perfect spot to hone his craft learning behind the Jags pass rushers. With his strength & heavy hands he is going to be able to get to the QB.
Round 4, Pick 29, 129th Overall - Ian Thomas, TE, Indiana - Jags have a need here at TE and Thomas can contribute in the near future, Thomas is NFL ready & has good hands, with the ability to do things after the catch
Round 6, Pick 29, 203rd Overall - Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana - Let’s stay in Indiana with the next pick, as Duval county adds the very instinctive Scales to this already impressive defense. Posluszny retirement leaves a vacancy that Scales can help fill.
Round 7, Pick 12, 203rd Overall - JT Thomas, CB, Oklahoma - Tell me if you have heard this about the Jaguars secondary before “ Good size with impressive ball skills” well that’s the entire Jags secondary as well as Thomas. There are some concerns off the field but this late he’s worth a shot.
Round 7, Pick 29, 247th Overall - Stephen Roberts, S, Auburn - While considered a small safety he is fast, aggressive, tough and more athletic than most of the safeties that will be selected ahead of him.