The NFL Draft has come and gone. No more mock drafts, no more profiles, and no more hearsay and speculation. Naturally, that means it’s time to milk the draft until training camp, because the next three months of the offseason make us feel scared and cold. This week we’re going through the divisions and taking a look at how each team did after the first round. Up next, the AFC South.
3 – DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
3 – Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami-Ohio
4 – Ben Jones, C, Georgia
4 – Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State
4 – Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
5 – Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M
6 – Nick Mondek, OT, Purdue
Favorite Pick(s): If it wasn’t for terrible luck, the Houston Texans could’ve found themselves in last year’s AFC championship game. The injury to quarterback Matt Schaub derailed a promising season that saw the Texans win the AFC South for the first time in their young history.
Star wideout Andre Johnson needed some help, and the Texans obliged in the middle of the draft. DeVier Posey was involved in the the Ohio State memorabilia scandal, but the talent is there. Former Ohio State Head Coach Jim Tressel (who was fired because of said scandal) likened Posey’s explosiveness to former Buckeye Santonio Holmes.
The Texans then got great value in the fourth round with Nebraska DE Jared Crick, who has second-round talent and fits Wade Phillips’ defensive scheme perfectly.
2 – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
3 – Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
3 – T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International
5 – Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama
5 – Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
6 – LaVon Brazill, WR, Ohio
7 – Justin Anderson, OT, Georgia
7- Tim Fugger, OLB, Vanderbilt
7 – Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois
Favorite Pick(s): The Colts restocked a cupboard that was filled with aging foodstuffs. Coby Fleener’s unexpected fall to the second round conjured images of a league wide fix in my mind, but nevertheless it reunites Andrew Luck with his college safety blanket. Following the trend that is sweeping the nation, the Colts then picked up another tight end with their next pick, Clemson’s Dwayne Allen. Unlike Fleener, Allen can put his hand down and block with consistently.
The Miami Herald ranked T.Y. Hilton as the top return specialist in the draft. Hilton is also a pretty damn good receiver whose stock was slightly hurt by an injury that caused him to miss the Senior Bowl and skip some drills at the Combine. Watch out for this guy on Sundays next year.
Chandler Harnish was this year’s Mr.Irrelevant and will get to spend a week in California doing strange things. One of my lasting memories of this year’s draft will be the crowd booing the old man who created ‘Mr.Irrelevant.’ It was fantastic.
2 – Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
3 – Bryan Anger, P, California
5 – Brandon Marshall, ILB, Nevada
6 – Mike Harris, CB, Florida State
7 – Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland
Favorite Pick(s): The Jaguars’ selection of Justin Blackmon in the first round was impressive, and they followed that up with Andre Branch, who will provide immediate depth for a defensive line that surpassed expectations last year. Once Blaine Gabbert becomes somewhat competent, the Jags have the seeds of a team that can a compete in the AFC South.
Then Jacksonville took a punter in the third round. By all accounts, Bryan Anger can really kick a football. Field position is obviously important, and a good punter can be the difference between giving up the ball at midfield or, or pushing the opposition back to their own 30-yard line. For the Jaguars’ sake let’s hope Anger has that sort of impact, because Gene Smith will never hear the end of it if he doesn’t.
2 – Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
3 – Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
4 – Coty Sensabaugh, CB, Clemson
5 – Taylor Thompson, TE, Southern Methodist
6 – Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State
7 – Scott Solomon, DE, Rice
Favorite Pick(s): The Titans shored up their defense after taking Baylor WR Kendall Wright in the first round. Zach Brown was one of the fastest linebackers available in the draft, but the UNC product struggles in tight spaces. Absorbing blockers is something he’ll have to work on to be an impact starter in the league. Mike Martin was probably taken two rounds too high, but the compete level is there.
Coty Sensabaugh is a great story. Sensabaugh lost his older brother Jamaar to leukemia when he was 11. After another player chose a different school, Clemson offered Sensabaugh their last scholarship available. The cornerback ran the third fastest 40-yard dash time at the Combine.
Read the story I linked to above, and you’ll become a Sensabaugh fan pretty fast.