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Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle: “No, the projected three-man outside linebacker crew isn’t better with Connor Barwin, Brooks Reed and (Whitney) Mercilus than it was going into last season with (Mario) Williams, (Connor) Barwin and (Brooks) Reed. Mercilus, a 21-year-old from Akron, whose parents are from Haiti, is no Mario Williams. But he might not have to be for the Texans’ defense to again be among the best in the league.”
Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star: Now that the Colts are off the clock, at least for now, (Andrew) Luck is on it. And cue the expectations. They always come with a top selection, whether he's Troy Aikman, Steve Bartkowski or John Elway. Some of the No. 1 overall quarterbacks have panned out beautifully: The aforementioned Aikman and Elway, Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, all Super Bowl winners. Some have been good: Drew Bledsoe, Carson Palmer, Vinny Testaverde. A few have been busts, like Tim Couch, David Carr and Jamarcus Russell. Take this to the bank: Luck will end up being remembered with that first group.”
Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union: “Sacrificing a fourth-round pick, plus the Jaguars' No. 7 overall choice, seems like a reasonable price to pay for a two-time winner of the Biletnikoff award, given to college football's top receiver. It's hard to imagine there'll be a whole lot of second-guessing from Jaguars fans that have been screaming for receiver help since Jimmy Smith left after the 2005 season." This is a nice situation, where what the fan base craved lined up with what Smith did, and that will buy the team some good faith for sure.
David Climer of The Tennessean on Kendall Wright: “In the NFL of 2012, you can never have enough receivers. The name of the game is outscoring the opponent, not shutting him down. So quibble about the identity of the Titans’ first-round pick if you want. But don’t criticize the position they prioritized. I for one applaud that the Titans have switched gears and gotten with the program." He’s on point. These are not Jeff Fisher’s Titans.