Monday, April 30, 2012
Spots that still need attention
By Paul Kuharsky
The draft is over, the rosters are filled up.
But what areas weren’t sufficiently addressed and where can we expect to see the teams of the AFC South continue to seek help?
Veteran corner Jason Allen left as a free agent. He helped the Texans cover for Kareem Jackson, who played just 55.73 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 2011.
Brandon Harris was a second-round pick out of Miami last year, but didn’t show anything. The Texans look to be counting on him to contribute more. They like Brice McCain, but he's a situational guy.
But corner is a spot where the Texans need some additional depth at the very least.
The Colts loaded their roster with offensive players -- eight of 10 draft picks went on that side of the ball.
The defensive picks were on the defensive line.
Which means the Colts still have a ton of work to do in the defensive backfield.
Jerraud Powers is a quality corner and a good leader. But after him, there are no proven corners on the roster. Is the second starter Chris Rucker? Kevin Thomas? Mike Holmes? Brandon King?
That’s not a great group to be choosing from. Look for team to give some undrafted rookies a chance and grab a veteran or two as guys come free during camp cuts.
The Jaguars believe a healthy Eben Britton will help fortify their offensive line and he should.
But they don’t have sufficient depth on the offensive line and should create a situation where there is more real competition.
They re-signed Guy Whimper, who is a swing tackle at best and had some bad stretches last season. They like John Estes as a reserve center, but it would be nice to have someone to compete with him for the right to take over for Brad Meester.
The team has sent major mixed signals about its offensive line.
Tennessee courted all the top centers in free agency but did not land one. And then they didn't draft an offensive lineman. Coach Mike Munchak said it wasn’t a dire need and the team can win with what it has.
Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports that among the team’s undrafted rookies is William Vlachos. Perhaps the center from Alabama can scramble the mix. But the Titans should still be adding options on the interior.