Houston Texans: The Houston Texans went into the 2012 NFL Draft as the best team in the AFC South. I am not so sure if it is as clear cut anymore. After losing key leaders on the offensive line as well as a defensive leader in DeMeco Ryans, the Houston Texans might see a drop off in the rankings. They might be the only team in the division that didn’t improve their roster. But after a year in which they virtually had zero holes, look for the Texans to still be a tough defense and a consistent offense. The additions of Whitney Mercilus and DeVier Posey will certainly boost their respective positions, but both have potential to boom or bust. Wade Phillips’ defenses have a history of dropping off in year two. Will this year be an exception? It seems as thought the Texans FO is doing a good job drafting talent recently, but do the Houston Texans have enough to get over the hump?
Tennessee Titans: Despite not drafting a defensive end until the 7th round, the Titans have addressed their biggest weakness in other ways. The signing of defensive end Kamerion Wimbley will boost one of the least athletic defensive lines in the NFL. He will be a force at right defensive end. Their 3rd round pick, Mike Martin, is a relentless defensive tackle that is seemingly getting more praise from the “experts” every day. Post-draft the Tennessee Titans defensive line is looking like a much scarier unit, throw in Akeem Ayers rushing on passing situations and BOOM, problem solved. The defensive line is no longer a weakness, in fact it is now a position of strength. Opposing tight ends have destroyed Tennessee since Keith “Mr. Monday Night” Bulluck was in town. The addition of Zach Brown will help tremendously in this area and guess what, he can also rush the passer.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars made some big moves on draft day and their receiving corps. just got a lot better. Justin Blackmon, Laurent Robinson, and Mike Thomas should make a formidable group for Blaine Gabbert to grow with. They already have a good defense and the addition of edge rusher Andre branch should make it even better. If MJD plays like MJD should and Gabbert doesn’t play like a sissy then the Jaguars could make a serious push for the title.
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts got their guy in Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck got his guy in Coby Fleener. Their defense will be more of a hybrid this year, which will certainly take time to grow, but they still need more talent in the secondary. I expect the offense to be above average and the defense to hold the team back. There are so many holes and one draft can’t fix it all. It will be interesting to see how the careers of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III pan out. Is Andrew Luck over hyped or is he really the second coming of Peyton Manning?
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