- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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This is an exercise with holes in it. Free agency can change everything. This is based on current needs and recent reviews.
Factoring in new overall rankings from Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. (who goes 25 players deep), here are the options the teams of the AFC South could be facing when the first round of the draft rolls around at the end of April.
McShay: “(Stanford QB Andrew) Luck's combine workout showed he is more athletic than most thought, and combined with his once-in-a-generation skill set he appears to be a lock as the No. 1 overall pick to the Colts.”
Kiper: “He didn't throw, but no complaints here. That's what his pro day is for. I expected him to surprise in testing, and I think he showed he's more than a thrower. Status quo remains. The total package: arm strength, size, smarts, demeanor. Ready to play.”
Available on Kiper board: Coples, South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram, Floyd, Kirkpatrick.
Kuharsky thinks: Blackmon’s got to be tempting there, though first-round receiver history has to be scary. Coples’ effort questions will hurt him with the Jags. I could see Ingram or Kirkpatrick.
20) Tennessee Titans
Kuharsky thinks: The interior offensive line options are attractive to me, but I don’t think the Titans will stray from their usual approach there, meaning they won't spend a first-rounder.
26) Houston Texans
Kiper only goes 25 deep.
Kuharsky thinks: The guys between 26-32 for McShay don’t really seem to fit the Texans. Read that as a bad thing in this exercise, or in anticipation of a well-stocked roster, get excited for a best-player available scenario.