Pre-draft edition: What I think they're thinking

April, 24, 2009
Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

What I think they are thinking inside the headquarters of the four AFC South teams on the eve of the draft:

Houston Texans

Those writers, columnists, analysts and bloggers are clowns. They have no idea what we're going to do or who we like. But pass the clips packet around, we want to see what they have to say anyway, just for giggles.

A lot of speculation says we'll go linebacker at No. 15 and we could. But if the right defensive end or cornerback is there, we could go that way too. We could cause a riot if we go offense first. We'll tip the Houston authorities if we're going that direction.

We'd sure like to bump back to get extra picks -- the more candidates we have for jobs and roster spots, particularly for a defense with a new coordinator, the better.

Indianapolis Colts

Those writers, columnists, analysts and bloggers are fools. They have no idea what we're going to do or who we like. We don't even have the time to read that stuff for laughs, though we might squeeze in a second here and there for the ones about our great first-round hit rate.

We're not constructed like the majority of teams in the league. They don't have our quarterback to build around and protect, our linebackers aren't big enough for them, and our corners might not excel at the man coverage they like to play. Those factors enhance the chances that -- early, middle and late in this draft -- players we really like for what we do will be available to us.

All we've got to do is wait to go on the clock and snatch them up. Then we'll find a few more as undrafted free agents.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Those writers, columnists, analysts and bloggers are jokers. They have no idea what we're going to do or who we like. But it's nice to see us at the center off all this speculation, and we hope they saw the new uniforms and understand how the fresh start in look will extend from our threads to our roster.

Has Mark Sanchez gotten so hot that someone will have to trade over us at No. 8 to go get him? Bummer. That's unfortunate, but we will still benefit. If someone goes ahead of us for him, that means one more player we might covet -- Michael Crabtree? Jeremy Maclin? B.J. Raji? One of the top offensive tackles? -- will be pushed back and still on the board when our turn comes.

It's the first draft for GM Gene Smith and it is important to make a good first impression here.

Tennessee Titans

Those writers, columnists, analysts and bloggers are windbags. They have no idea what we're going to do or who we like. (One former player turned radio host said he'd jump off a bridge in downtown Nashville if we took a center with that first pick. Let's nudge up those grades on Alex Mack, Eric Wood and Max Unger, boys.)

With no glaring need, we've got a heck of a deal here. Our hope is the teams picking 16-29 all don't value the guy we have rated 16th very highly, or keep finding someone they like a bit better. Then our choice is simple and we just haul in a great player who will eventually be a fixture for us.

Later, we'll make a couple deals to move up a bit to ensure we get a couple people we really see as fits. We can't trade our four compensatory selections, but 10 picks aren't making this roster, even to upgrade the back end.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter



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