AFC South Post Draft Review

Indianapolis Colts- The Colts made it official and selected Andrew Luck of Stanford with the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. Luck now faces the daunting task of following in the footsteps of a future Hall of Famer, Peyton Manning as the Colts quarterback. It is expected that Luck will start immediately, and try to start bringing this franchise back to respectability. With Dallas Clark no longer on the team the Colts had a need at TE and filled it by drafting Luck’s Stanford teammate Colby Fleener, and Dwayne Allen from Clemson. The Colts are expected to run a two tight end offense this year and needed play makers at the position. There was also a need on the defensive side of the ball nose tackle, so the Colts went out and selected Josh Chapman for the position. With the addition of Chapman the Colts will now be able to run the 3-4 defense that Head Coach Chuck Pagano would like to implement.

Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jacksonville Jaguars shored up their passing game that was ranked last in the league last year with the selection of Justin Blackmon with their first selection in the draft. They then added depth to their defense with the selection of DE Andre Branch and OLB Brandon Marshall. With their third round selection the Jags took Cal Punter Brian Anger and have been taking a lot of heat for the selection. I say if it is a need on your team, and you think the player can help you, go get him no matter what the round.

Tennessee Titans- The Tennessee Titans opened their 2012 draft by taking Baylor’s Kendall Wright, a player who can make plays after the catch. In the second round they selected OLB Zach Brown. Although not the most physical of linebackers, he is fast and is probably best suited to play the weakside spot.

Houston Texans- The Houston Texans went into the draft with some really big shoes to fill on the defensive side of the ball. In an attempt to find a replacement for Mario Williams, they selected Whitney Mercilus. Mercilus is the kind of defender who is so quick that he has a good chance of ending up in the backfield quite a bit. He will play the position vacated by Williams, but I doubt he will match the production. Also on the defensive side of the ball they selected Jared Crick, to further help the defense. They also made an attempt to help their receiving core with the selections of DeVier Posey of Ohio State, and Keyshawn Martin from Michigan State. Although neither of these players are top of the line receivers, they should be good enough to help take some heat off of Andre Johnson.

Written By – Kevin Clarke- AFC North Writer

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