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2011 NFL Draft - AFC South Team Needs
John Tuvey
April 21, 2011
 

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TENNESSEE TITANS (8th PICK)

Seven picks plus two compensatory picks: 1.8; 2.7; 3.13; 4.12, 4.33 (comp); 5.11; 6.10; 7.9, 7.50 (comp)

The Titans clearly need a quarterback, but unless they can move up or down from the eight spot they’re in no-man’s land to address the position in Round One. The early pick in Round Two, however, should allow them to get in on the tail end of the QB run if they’re so inclined. As for the first day, there should be plenty of defensive help on the board, and the Titans could stand to upgrade at several spots across their front seven. Kenny Britt’s Pacman-like off-the-field stylings could send Tennessee searching for yet another wide receiver as well.

Possible options: QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri; DT Nick Fairley, Auburn; DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina; QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas; LB Martez Wilson, Illinois; LB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina  

HOUSTON TEXANS (11th PICK)

Seven picks plus one compensatory pick: 1.11; 2.10; 3.9; 4.8; 5.7; 6.13; 7.12, 7.53 (comp)

Job One in Houston is upgrading the pass defense, and the Texans could opt for one of two methods of doing that: improve the pass rush in their new 3-4 by giving Wade Phillips an edge rusher; or adding talent to one of the weakest secondaries in the league. Don’t be surprised if the bulk of Houston’s draft picks address those areas as the Texans restock their defense with personnel that fit the new scheme. There isn’t much work to be done on the offensive side of the ball, though some later-round selections could add depth to the offensive line.

Possible options: CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska; DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina; OLB Aldon Miller, Missouri; CB Aaron Williams, Texas; NT Phil Taylor, Baylor; DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa        

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (16th PICK)

Seven picks: 1.16; 2.17; 3.16; 4.17, 4.24 (f/NOS); 5.16; 6.17

Most of Jacksonville’s needs can be found on the defensive side of the ball, specifically at safety and defensive end. But there’s also a growing sentiment that David Garrard isn’t the answer at quarterback, and even if he is the impending departure of Mike Sims-Walker thins an already wafer-esque receiving corps. Smack dab in the middle of the first four rounds, the Jaguars should be able to address most of their needs--unless they choose to chase a quarterback early and spend the next three rounds playing catch-up.

Possible options: DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue; DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina; QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas; WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami; WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh; S Rahim Moore, UCLA

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (22nd PICK)

Six picks: 1.22; 2.21; 3.23; 4.22; 5.21; 6.23

Sure, there was talk the Colts might be eyeballing Peyton Manning’s successor in this draft, but so long as #18 is still wearing the horseshoe--and Indy’s not about to let him leave via free agency--the first order of business will be getting him some protection. The defensive line needs attention as well, but that’s a time-honored Colts tradition; Indianapolis could devote the entire first two days of the draft to making sure Manning spends more time upright in 2011.

Possible options: OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College; OT Nate Solder, Colorado; OG/OT Danny Watkins, Baylor; DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State; OT/OG Clint Boling, Georgia

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