2012 NFL Draft: AFC South Team Needs
John Tuvey
April 13, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1st overall pick)

Seven picks plus three compensatory picks: 1.1; 2.2; 3.1; 4.2; 5.1; 5.35 (compensatory); 6.36 (compensatory); 7.1; 7.7 (from JAX via NYJ); 7.46 (compensatory)

All signs point towards Andrew Luck taking over for Peyton Manning, and with the Colts in extreme makeover mode many of their picks will move directly into significant playing time. The purge left significant holes at tight end, wide receiver, and in the secondary so look for Indy’s new regime to scratch those itches first; free agency was used to address the offensive and defensive lines, but later round picks will touch on those needs as well.

Possible options: QB Andrew Luck, Stanford; TE Coby Fleener, Stanford; TE Orson Charles, Stanford; CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama; CB Ryan Steed, Furman


Seven picks: 1.7; 2.6; 3.7; 4.6; 5.7; 6.6; 7.21 (from CIN)

The Jaguars have several needs, two of them glaring: a passing-game play-maker to compliment Maurice Jones-Drew and help last year’s first-round pick of Blaine Gabbert pay dividends; and a pass rusher to jump-start a defense that’s finished 25th, 30th, and 32nd in sacks the past three seasons. Whichever need doesn’t draw attention in the first round is sure to be addressed on Day Two, along with offensive line help and depth in the secondary

Possible options: DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina; DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina; WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame; WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State; WR Rueben Randle, LSU; DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

TENNESSEE TITANS (20th overall pick)

Seven picks: 1.20; 2.20; 3.19; 4.20; 5.20; 6.20; 7.20

The Titans believe they snagged their franchise quarterback last year in Jake Locker; they also inked Chris Johnson to a mega deal and expect to get Kenny Britt back from injury. The interior of the offensive line could use some upgrading, however, and the final gasps of Steve Hutchinson’s HOF career aren’t enough of a solution. Defensively the free-agent addition of Kamerion Wimbley only slightly lessens the need for a pass-rusher, while the departure of Cortland Finnegan creates at least one opening in the secondary.

Possible options: OG David DeCastro, Stanford; OG/OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia; OLB/DE Nick Perry, USC; OC Peter Konz, Wisconsin; DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois; CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama; DE Vinny Curry, Marshall

HOUSTON TEXANS (26th overall pick)

Eight picks: 1.26; 2.26; 3.13 (from PHI); 4.4 (from TBB via PHI); 4.26; 5.26; 6.25; 7.26

Will this finally be the year the Texans give Andre Johnson a running mate? That certainly looked to be the draft-day plan entering the offseason, but trades and free agency cost Houston Mario Williams, Eric Winston, DeMeco Ryans, Joel Dreessen, and Mike Brisiel—and opened up a few more lineup holes. Shoring up the offensive line in front of Arian Foster and Matt Schaub moves to the front burner, as does depth along the defensive front seven. And even after making a quantum leap in the secondary, don’t expect the Texans to rest on their laurels in the secondary.

Possible options: WR Rueben Randle, LSU; WR Kendall Wright, Baylor; CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska; OC Philip Blake, Baylor; WR Brian Quick, Appalachian State

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