Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Kiper: Summer audit of AFC South
By Paul Kuharsky
You need super-cool Insider status to see it all, but here are some highlights from Mel Kiper’s look at the AFC South, where he conducts a summer audit:
Next April's pick, now: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
A fluid talent out of Texas, expect to hear more about a guy who helped make Earl Thomas' job easier in that secondary.
My thoughts: He’s hardly alone in thinking cornerback is a concern, but if the Colts stay healthy, they are three deep with Kelvin Hayden, Jerraud Powers and Jacob Lacey. And a lot of teams would love to be three deep.
The question mark: I thought the Jags could have really used the addition of a guard through the draft or free agency, though that's an area that most good offensive coordinators or line coaches can capably mask. But the third-biggest need wasn't addressed at all.
My thoughts: Guess he doesn’t care for Justin Smiley, acquired by trade from Miami, or Kynan Forney, a reserve last year who is getting a serious look inside.
The question mark: …The Texans averaged just 92 yards a game on the ground, bad enough for 30th in the league. Some of that stemmed from poor guard play. The Texans drafted Shelley Smith in the sixth round, but they could still struggle to balance the offense in 2010 if their interior line play isn't better. The addition of Tate may help from a physical standpoint, however.
My thoughts: They feel like they have sufficient interior options with free-agent addition Wade Smith, Antoine Caldwell going into year two and Mike Brisiel returning from injury.
Crucial influx: We knew Tennessee would likely go with a pass-rusher in the first round, particularly after the departure of Kyle Vanden Bosch. But in Derrick Morgan, you also have a guy with an immensely versatile game. Few players in college football last year -- maybe nobody -- proved as effective against the run while still maintaining an ability to consistently pressure the quarterback. I don't think Morgan has the ceiling of a player like Jason Pierre-Paul, but there [are] zero hints that he could be a bust.
My thoughts: Titans faithful have to like to hear all that about Morgan, but they are hoping he won’t be all dinged up as he has been in OTAs when he participated very little.