Todd McShay bases his first 2012 mock draft order on ESPN.com’s Power Rankings.
He concedes it’s a crazy exercise, but does what he’s asked by his bosses.
Some of you will complain I dedicate any time to it, but most of you will read it.
Before we get to AFC South, here’s a major disclaimer: Last year in this mock, Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel went 11th (McShay called him “the complete package at safety") and North Carolina Deunta Williams went 26th. A year later, neither was drafted. At all.
McShay on AFC South possibilities a year out:
No. 8 -- Tennessee Titans
Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
"Hosley is an underrated cover corner with good ball skills."
No. 14 -- Jacksonville Jaguars
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
"Kuechly is a high-motor, hardworking linebacker with good football tools and even better mental makeup. His instincts and tackling skills helped him pile up a ridiculous 183 total tackles in 2010."
No. 20 -- Houston Texans
Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami
"After loading up the defensive front this year, the Texans could be in the market for a playmaker in the secondary next year. Armstrong has steadily improved in the past two years and has been the No. 1 ball hawk for the Hurricanes. He would be a perfect fit for Wade Phillips' scheme, which puts as much pressure on its safeties as it does the corners in zone looks."
No. 29 -- Indianapolis Colts
Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M
"Fuller broke out as a playmaker in 2010 and should only get better in his second year with QB Ryan Tannehillin 2011. Fuller has the size (6-4, 215), ball skills and playmaking ability to transition nicely to the NFL."