NFLDraft13: AFC South Grades

Shane May 3, 2013 0
NFLDraft13: AFC South Grades

Tennessee Titans: B+

The Titans didn’t make the waves that other teams did, but quietly had a very solid draft.  Chris Johnson and Jake Locker will no longer be able to blame their struggles on a weak offensive line. Chance Warmack (G-Alabama) is a day one starter and bulldozer for CJ who hopes to add the 2K back to his name.  Brian Schwenke (C-Cal) was my top center in the draft and should take that job early on and help protect Locker.  The secondary improved with the additions of Blidi Wreh-Wilson (CB-UConn) and Daimion Stafford (S-Nebraska).  Kendall Wright also gets a new partner at wideout with local product Justin Hunter (WR-Tenn).

Best Pick - Chance Warmack / Most Questionable – Zaviar Gooden / Sleeper Pick – Brian Schwenke

 

Jacksonville Jaguars: B

The Jaguars apparently had everyone fooled as few had them taking a tackle.  Maybe they had other plans originally, but adjusted when Luke Joeckel (T-TAMU) fell to them at the second pick.  This grade would have been higher had the Jaguars added a quarterback to the mix instead of one of their mid round picks, either Johnathan Cyprien (S-FIU) or Dwayne Gratz (CB-UConn).  Henne is not enough competition for Gabbert.  That said, whoever their quarterback is, they have a couple new weapons with Ace Sanders (WR-S.Carolina) and Denard Robinson (WR/RB-Mich).

Best Pick – Luke Joeckel / Most Questionable - Dwayne Gratz / Sleeper Pick – Ace Sanders

 

Houston Texans: B-

Andre Johnson needs to get some of the pressure taken off him.  Jacoby Jones, Kevin Walter, DeVier Posey, and others have not worked out in the past but DeAndre Hopkins (WR-Clemson) could be the answer.  He is tremendously athletic and has superstar potential if he can learn the NFL game.  The defense had a couple of holes in the secondary last year against strong offenses and D.J. Swearinger (S-S.Carolina) should help.  A sleeper pick was Sam Montgomery (DE-LSU) who at one time was a top 10 projected pick.  I actually believe that 6th round pick David Quessenberry (OT-SJSU) will end up better than Brennan Williams (OT-UNC) who was taken in the 3rd round.

Best Pick - DeAndre Hopkins / Most Questionable – Brennan Williams / Sleeper Pick – David Quessenberry

 

Indianapolis Colts: C-

I’m admittedly a Colts fan, but can put those biases aside when grading them objectively.  The Colts had an impressive and unexpected season last year.  Despite this, there were a number of holes that needed filled and some great talent to help them in this draft, particularly in the secondary.  The draft started well when Bjoern Werner (DE-FSU) fell to the Colts pick.  I would have been fine with either he or Xavier Rhodes.  I then thought for sure the Colts would either grab one of the numerous corners in the draft that started going off the board in the second and third rounds (they even should have moved up to get one).  Johnathan Banks and Darius Slay from Mississippi State, Tyrann Mathieu (LSU), Blidi Wreh-Wilson (UConn), and B.W. Webb all could have helped the Colts lackluster pass defense.  Instead they took Hugh Thornton (G-Illinois) who isn’t a bad player and may be a serviceable guard, but hardly is a gamechanger on the team.  Khaled Holmes (C-USC) was a good pick later and should be a contributor on the line.  If John Boyett (S-Oregon) can stay healthy, he could be the help the Colts need.  Montori Hughes (DT-Tenn-Martin) also has some potential, but it still feels like the Colts played it safe and really just gathered depth rather than seriously adding to their talent pool.

Best Pick - Bjoern Werner / Most Questionable - Hugh Thornton / Sleeper Pick – John Boyett

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