Monday, April 30, 2012
Brown, Brooks and Crick as steals
By Paul Kuharsky
Tony Pauline of SI.com has a list out of 11 players who qualify as draft steals. Twenty-seven percent of them are from the AFC South:
Zach Brown/OLB/Tennessee/Pick No. 52 -- Brown was given high grades entering the 2011 season, then played well as a senior. Character issues pushed him out of the initial frame, yet Brown is a three-down linebacker with a complete game. He could quickly break into the Titans' starting lineup.
Brandon Brooks/OL/Houston/Pick No. 76 -- Brooks, a combine snub, was second-round talent the Texans picked up in the middle of Round 3. He will immediately compete for a starting job on the right side of Houston's offensive line.
Jared Crick/DL/Houston/Pick No. 126 -- Houston goes back-to-back as they steal Crick in Round 4. Considered a potential first-round choice entering the season, he played just three games in 2011 before tearing a pectoral muscle. He adds to the collection of talented two-gap defensive ends Houston is stockpiling.
Brown's been questioned because a lot of reviews say he shies away from contact and isn't instinctive.
This is an ecouraging review for the Texans, too, who beefed up their depth but didn't add much in terms of the sort of flashy names that get much post-draft attention.
Pauline also listed seven reaches -- none from the AFC South.