AFC South Draft Needs
Welcome back to the Truth Serum! Let’s wrap up the AFC draft needs with the South.
What don’t the Texans need is a better question. With very little draft capital, and the loss of their top FA wideout in Will Fuller, Houston needs just about everything except a starting LT. Even QB is a possible need with the impending trade and/or lawsuits against all-star QB Deshaun Watson. If I had to identify the main needs for this squad, they would all be on the defensive side of the ball. Watson and company put up great numbers last year, but this defense was historically bad and could use help on every level.
OT, EDGE, WR
The Colts are the polar opposite of the Texans in my opinion. They have one of the most complete teams in the entire league, although much of that is based on speculation of talent. Can Carson Wentz return to form and will his young wideouts, Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell, live up to expectations? Can star RB Jonathan Taylor continue his success in his 2nd year, and how much does WR T.Y. Hilton have left in the tank? In a year with a deep receiver class, Indy could grab some more wideout help to aid Wentz. They also need a starting OT after Anthony Castonzo retired. Edge is the only big need for this defense and could be answered in free agency with many big names still available, such as Melvin Ingram.
TE, WR, OT
The Jaguars addressed most of their defensive needs in free agency, or so they hope, so we will focus on their offensive needs. I’m not going to list QB as we all know they will be taking the top QB, most likely Trevor Lawrence, with the first overall pick. They did franchise tag OT Cam Robinson and sign WR Marvin Jones, but both positions could use some depth, especially OT, where Robinson isn’t considered the long-term starter. Jacksonville also needs a TE to add another weapon for Lawrence when he arrives.
WR, TE, RB/QB
Another team who addressed most of their defensive needs in free agency is the Titans. While they could always use more EDGE help, I’m going to focus on their offensive depth. They have no viable backup QB or RB to start if either Ryan Tannehill or Derrick Henry go down with an injury. They also lost WR Corey Davis and TE Jonnu Smith in free agency. They are hoping Anthony Firkser can step up at TE and Josh Reynolds can be a solid replacement for Davis, but neither of those are guarantees. Again, they could decide to double dip and go mostly defense in the draft and hope the offense can stay healthy and produce again like last season. Either strategy would be a sound decision.
Stay tuned for the NFC North Draft Needs tomorrow and as always, stay true.
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