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Jacksonville Jaguars (10th pick)
Five picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.10; 3.10; 4.10; 5.12; 6.11, 6.34 (comp)
The lack of a second-round pick might prove costly if the Jags truly were interested in adding hometown hero Tim Tebow to the roster, as 1.10 is too early and 3.10 is likely too late. That early pick is ticketed for a pass rusher to complement Aaron Kampman, as Jacksonville is cutting bait on the Quentin Groves/Derrick Harvey experiment. Mike Sims-Walker could use some help in the passing game, and the secondary requires attention as well. Finally, the Jaguars built a solid offensive line by consistently spending an early pick each year on the position; this year, it might be a later pick but it’s still an area worth addressing.
Possible options: DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech; DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida; WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas; WR Mike Williams, Syracuse; S Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech; S Major Wright, Florida
Tennessee Titans (18th pick)
Six picks plus three compensatory picks: 1.16; 3.13, 3.34 (comp); 4.13; 5.17; 6.16, 6.38 (comp); 7.15, 7.34 (comp)
The offense revolves around Chris Johnson and has plenty of young talent, so expect Tennessee’s early picks to focus on the defensive side of the ball. A pass rusher is a necessity, and for those times when the Titans don’t get to the opposing passer the defensive backfield could stand some upgrades as well. With Keith Bulluck a free agent, the Titans will at minimum look to get younger at linebacker. Later on, Tennessee might add depth along the offensive line and a pass-catcher to complement last year’s first-rounder, Kenny Britt.
Possible options: DE Brandon Graham, Michigan; DE Everson Griffen, USC; CB Javier Arenas, Alabama; CB Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest; WR Taylor Price, Ohio
Houston Texans (20th pick)
Eight picks: 1.20; 2.19; 3.17; 4.20; 5.19; 6.18, 6.28 (f/SD); 7.20
You can almost bank on the Texans using their first three picks on a between-the-tackles running back, a cornerback to replace the departed Dunta Robinson, and a free safety to complement Bernard Pollard; only the order remains to be determined. Houston hasn’t had much success throwing early picks at the interior of their defensive line; maybe using a later selection will provide different results.
Possible options: RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State; CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State; CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State; RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech; S Chad Jones, LSU; S Darrell Stuckey, Kansas
Indianapolis Colts (31st pick)
Six picks plus two compensatory picks: 1.31; 2.31; 3.30; 4.31; 5.31; 7.31, 7.33 (comp), 7.39 (comp)
The defending AFC champs have no glaring holes, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use an upgrade or two. Offensive line seems to be the position getting the most offseason attention, and Indy appears to be looking at getting bigger up front. The Colts could also use some depth along their defensive line, and they’re always on the lookout for linebackers who fit their Cover 2 scheme; sometimes that means converting a safety, like they did with Cato June. Finally, with Jim Sorgi gone and Curtis Painter clearly not a viable alternative, Indy is in the market for a qualified clipboard holder to back up Peyton Manning.
Possible options: OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana; DT Jared Odrick, Penn State; DT Geno Atkins, Georgia; OT Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale; LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri; LB Rennie Curran, Georgia