Mock with an emphasis on need

April, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

I don't want to overwhelm you with constant looks at mock drafts.

But no newspaper person in America is more draft savvy than Rick Gosselin in Dallas. His new mock focuses more on team needs, and comes with a big change at the top -- He gives Detroit former Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry.

Here's his AFC South first round:

No. 8: Jacksonville Jaguars -- Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith

My thoughts: Goose calls him the best blocker in the draft, and the Jaguars certainly could use that. But does Smith's poor preparation for the draft speak to issues they would have to deal with throughout his career?

No. 15: Houston Texans --Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo

My thoughts: With Orakpo and Antonio Smith added to the defensive line, the Texans would be a lot better up front. And that means they'd be better all around on defense.

No. 27: Indianapolis Colts -- Missouri defensive tackle Evander Hood

My thoughts: This would break with how the team has addressed the position for years. But perhaps it's time for just that.

No. 30: Tennessee Titans -- Ohio State middle linebacker James Laurinaitis

My thoughts: I mentioned him as a possibility Thursday. Gosselin must project Laurinaitis as a guy who can play outside, because the Titans don't put a premium on the guy in the middle, which is a part-time job in their defense.

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