Thoughts on McShay's thoughts

April, 29, 2012
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Todd McShay sorts through the draft Insider, selecting his impact pick and his intriguing pick for each team.

Here’s a look at his thinking on the AFC South, along with my thinking about his thinking.

Houston Texans

McShay impact pick: Brandon Brooks (third) -- "Brooks is an absolute mauler with impressive strength and surprising mobility for his size. He needs to become a consistent worker and keep his considerable weight in check, but assuming he stays in shape, Brooks can win the job at left guard and offer an immediate upgrade there."

McShay intriguing pick: WR Keshawn Martin (fourth) -- "He's explosive and shows good quickness after the catch and is one of the more underrated receivers in the class. Houston did not get the elite perimeter presence it wanted opposite Andre Johnson, but Martin has plenty to offer as a receiver and also contributed in the return game during his college career."

My thoughts on his thoughts: The Texans are happy with Wade Smith at left guard, it’s right guard they need to fill after the free-agent departure of Mike Brisiel. Brooks will compete with Antoine Caldwell and another draft pick, Ben Jones.

Indianapolis Colts

McShay impact pick: TE Coby Fleener (second) -- "Fleener will immediately put QB Andrew Luck in a comfort zone. He's an explosive presence who ran in the 4.4s during his pro day, averaged 19 yards per catch at Stanford, and had a tremendous rapport with Luck."

McShay intriguing pick: LaVon Brazill (sixth) -- "Brazill flew under the radar in 2011, but he has good suddenness and quickness, has the body control to make tough catches, is willing to work the middle and is also a special teams contributor. He'll also benefit from getting in on the ground floor with Luck. Colts GM Ryan Grigson did a great job bringing in pass-catchers who can work with and grow alongside Luck from Day 1. Ball security could be an issue for Brazill, but if he cleans that up, he should be a solid value pick."

My thoughts on his thoughts: I’m super intrigued by Fleener. Brazill and third-rounder T.Y. Hilton will work with Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie in what shouldbe a very interesting corps of receivers for Luck.

Jacksonville Jaguars

McShay impact pick: Andre Branch (second) -- "Branch doesn't have elite size or strength, but he's the kind of feisty player defensive line coach Joe Cullen loves to work with. Branch is aggressive, has a good first step and can bend the edge tightly as a pass-rusher. He needs to get stronger against the run to become a three-down player, but his pass-rush contributions as a rookie will be a welcome addition to a team that finished with just 31 total sacks last season, and averaged only one sack on every 24 drop-backs with a four-man rush."

McShay intriguing pick: P Bryan Anger (third) -- "I'm certainly no punting guru, but despite having a strong leg and good athleticism, Anger appears to lack ideal ball placement. He must get better and become an elite punter in the near future to justify the pick, and even that might not be enough. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Anger can at least become an asset in terms of consistently flipping field position."

My thoughts on his thoughts: This is the best review I’ve seen of Branch. They can plug in run stoppers so long as he can create pressure in nickel situations. If Anger doesn’t place the ball well early on, it will create even more questions about using a third-rounder on him.

Tennessee Titans

McShay impact pick: DT Mike Martin (third) -- He'll likely work in a rotation with Sen'Derrick Marks and Jurrell Casey, but Martin is a hard worker with the strength and quickness to disrupt things in the middle and offer something as an interior pass-rusher.

McShay intriguing pick: CB Coty Sensabaugh (fourth) -- Many fans are surely intrigued by the athleticism of ILB Zach Brown, but Brown is too undisciplined to be the guy here. Sensabaugh can help in the teams' top need area, and his combination of size, speed, athleticism and ball skills made him a late-riser during the draft process. The 2011 season was his first as a starter, but he has the ability to push for the No. 3 job with the Titans and his best football is clearly ahead of him.

My thoughts on his thoughts: McShay doesn’t even mention defensive tackle Shaun Smith, who’s certainly facing a battle to make the roster after the addition of Martin. If Sensabaugh is what McShay believes, the Titans can be OK at corner.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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