• Matt Oehl

TDA AFC South Grades

There are two main narratives when looking at this division. The first is the mess that the Houston Texans are in with Deshaun Watson and all of his legal issues and the second is the fact that the Jaguars may have just drafted the quarterback who is going to turn their franchise around.

Houston Texans: C+

The Texans draft capital was decimated by the former front office (Bill O'Brein) with the trade for Laremy Tunsil. They were left without a 1st and 2nd round pick this season and proceeded to spend their 1st pick in the draft on quarterback Davis Mills out of Stanford. Mills was the top ranked quarterback coming out of high school but unfortunately dealt with a lot of injuries and ended up only playing 13 total games. He looked good in the few games he started but his lack of experience is a problem, especially considering he may be the day one starter with Watson looking more and more likely to miss this upcoming season. They spent their next two picks on Nico Collins and Brevin Jordan who are great mid/late round additions to the offense. Nico Collins is a massive receiver who can win along the boundary and Jordan is a versatile tight end who can line up all over the field. In the end this team is looking more and more likely to be headed for a top 5 pick in next years draft and entering a rebuild.

Indianapolis Colts: B

The Colts had some great picks and some head scratchers in my opinion. Kwity Paye in the first round is going to turn out to be a steal in my opinion. He's a versatile threat who has lined up as a nose tackle and all the way out as a 9 technique. He can convert speed to power and knows how to win with his hands. He is going to be an excellent complement to DeForest Buckner on that defensive line. Dayo Odeyingbo is another edge defender who has the versatility to line up all over the place but is a little more of a developmental prospect than Paye. The biggest head scratching pick for me was Sam Ehlinger. I just didn't see a pro quarterback in Ehlinger but spending a 6th round pick on him shouldn't come back and hurt them and who knows... maybe he's the next Tom Brady!

Jacksonville Jaguars: A+

Trevor Lawrence is a generational prospect in my opinion and the Jags hit the jackpot by getting the 1st overall pick and having the opportunity to draft him. There's nothing he can't do and pairing him with head coach Urban Meyer should lead to a fun offense. With their second 1st round pick the Jags took Trevors's teammate from Clemson, running back Travis Etienne. Many people hated this pick, especially with the Jags finding a gem in James Robinson. I on the other hand liked this pick. Etienne isn't your average running back. He is someone who only needs 10-15 touches a game to make a difference and I think he can play a similar role to Alvin Kamara which not only shows his explosiveness but could also lead to a longer career. The next three picks I absolutely loved. Tyson Campbell is a long athletic corner who can develop into a very good corner if he can work on his ball skills. Walker Little has not played a game of football in two years due to an ACL tear and opting out of the 2020 season but the last time he did play there was talks of him being drafted in the 1st round. Andre Cisco is another player who dealt with injuries, he tore his ACL. He is a ballhawking safety who makes plays on the ball all over the field. This does result in him being overaggressive at times which can lead to giving up some big plays but that can easily be fixed with some development.

Tennessee Titans: B+

The Titans released cornerback Adoree' Jackson this offseason which was a surprising move in my opinion. They looked to replace him with Caleb Farley who is a wide receiver turned corner with freakish athletic ability. He had a lot of injury concerns in college but if he can stay healthy he can easily become the steal of this draft. Dillon Radunz is a good tackle prospect out of NDSU who fits their power run scheme. He will enjoy blocking for Derrick Henry. Monty Rice has a lot of experience at the inside linebacker position and will bring in some much needed depth with the potential to be a starter from day one. Elijah Molden is slightly undersized but is an excellent man corner who may be converted to safety in the NFL but can immediately become a slot corner. Overall the Titans added some solid pieces but I would've liked them to look to bring in a receiver earlier in the draft to help replace Corey Davis and/or tight end Jonnu Smith.

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