Making the grade: Post NFL draft; AFC South
- Updated: May 2, 2016
Indianapolis Colts: Heading into the draft, the Colts really and I mean really needed to shore up some things on the offensive line. Andrew Luck was sacked too many times and ultimately led to an early season exit due to a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle. Offensive line was a key concerned that was addressed by drafting center Ryan Kelly from Alabama while drafting Le’Raven Clark from Texas Tech at offensive tackle. Can you sense the focus is on protecting Andrew Luck? Yeah I figured you followed me. Add a solid pick up in round two with Clemson free safety T.J. Green. I mean you can’t teach 4.3 speed in the 40 now can you.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags needed to make a splash in the draft to add to the momentum of last year. Adding Jalen Ramsey in the secondary is like adding fire to a firecracker because this kid has star power written all over him. His ball skills are absolutely tremendous and he even has drawn comparisons to Deion. Now that is saying something for the young man from Florida State. The Myles Jack saga ended as Jacksonville picked up the UCLA product. Look the question is always going to be how much is his knee going to be a problem? If there is a way he can come back from impending knee surgery with some of the same abilities he displayed as a Bruin, the Jags might have hit the jackpot.
Houston Texans: The Texans added Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller to add to an offense that lacked explosion at times especially not having a reliable signal caller. Explosion and versatility were what Houston focused on drafting Will Fuller and Braxton Miller to add weapons alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts. A nice pick in Nick Martin, a teammate with Fuller at Notre Dame to protect Osweiler was another solid pick up. You have J.J Watt on your defensive line, so pressuring the quarterback shouldn’t be a problem. Infusing the defensive line with some more youth would pay dividends and the secondary could use some more playmakers. The Texans only had one interception last season.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans have been busy this off season. You grab DeMarco Murray from the Eagles, trade the number one pick in the draft to the Rams, and add a boat load of picks to play another use to your disposal in the draft. Eventually, the Titans traded back up from number 15 to number 8 in the draft to select Jack Conklin from Michigan State to solidify the offensive line with Taylor Lewan. Add on top of that, selecting the Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama in Derrick Henry and the plan is to be a physical team and wear you out the entire game. Kevin Dodd and Austin Johnson will be a fierce duo plugging up the middle in Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 defense. A homer in Nashville as the Titans could be emerging as contenders in the AFC.