Kiper's final word, AFC South style

April, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

If the first round of the NFL draft went as Mel Kiper Jr. envisions in his final mock draft (Insider subscription required) -- and we know it doesn't ever work like that -- I think all four AFC South teams would be quite pleased.

Here's Mel's final word, with some commentary from yours truly.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

To go from Dennis Northcutt and Mike Walker as the top two receivers to Torry Holt and Michael Crabtree in the span of a few days makes the Jaguars significantly more dangerous.

15. Houston Texans: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

We've been talking more about tackle than end as a need, but with Maybin as a pass-rusher opposite Mario Williams on passing downs, free-agent addition Antonio Smith would kick inside and help cure the deficiencies there.

27. Indianapolis Colts: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi

The second-best defensive tackle in the draft would bring the sort of size the Colts have lacked inside, and his presence could have a trickle down impact on every other player on the defense.

30. Tennessee Titans: Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

I don't know how the Titans feel specifically about Butler, but my sense is they'd prefer Alphonso Smith to him in this scenario. They talked Thursday about Malcolm Jenkins, Vontae Davis and Smith forming the first tier of corners.

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