Thursday, November 29, 2012
A dose of November draft talk
By Paul Kuharsky
I was going to do a post this week on what the Jaguars should do with the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Then the Jaguars won, leaving Kansas City alone in line for the No. 1 overall pick. Then the Jaguars claimed Jason Babin on waivers.
Those are much better things to be talking about in November, so Jaguars-specific draft talk can wait.
But big draft talk, as we know, never waits.
So here are some links to some good stuff on the site.
1) In 10 things you should know about the 2013 draft, Todd McShay says: “The biggest issue is that there's just not a lot of offensive skill players in this draft. It's not a good ‘TV draft.’ NFL teams want great talent at every single position, but a vast majority of teams are not in dire straits and looking for a quarterback and would rather see the depth where it is in this class: on the offensive and defensive lines.”
That's good news for three teams in the AFC South. Indianapolis certainly needs help on both lines, Jacksonville needs better pass protection and a better pass rush. Tennessee needs better run blocking and pass-rush help.
When you get to this piece about the deepest position group from McShay, you can add Houston as a potential beneficiary. The Texans can get better at defensive tackle.
“Defensive line is the deepest group in 2013,” McShay writes. “You could split hairs over defensive ends or defensive tackles, but if you're a team looking for a defensive lineman, you should be fired up over this group right now. As I count now, nine of the top 15 and 17 of the top 40 players in this draft are on the defensive line."
2) The 2012 Colts draft class hasn’t even played a full season yet, but McShay ranks it as one of the five best classes in the last 10 years.
“There are also a lot of guys from this class who have already shown a lot of promise. Maybe they've been able to show what they can do because the Colts didn't have much on their roster, but they've stepped up. You can see a nice rapport between T.Y. Hilton and (Andrew) Luck. The two tight ends, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, will become an integral part of their offense.”
3) And two of McShay’s comparisons of draft prospects to current NFL players involve guys who play in our division.
Guard Jonathan Cooper of UNC compares favorably to the Texans’ Wade Smith:
“Like Smith in Houston, he's a perfect fit for a zone-blocking scheme,” McShay writes. “Cooper is the best blocker in this class in space, and also shows awareness and light feet in pass pro. He's not a massive mauler, but Cooper plays with an edge and flashes a mean streak.”
Receiver Justin Hunter of Tennessee “will have the same kind of durability concerns as (Kenny) Britt, but he also has similar potential to be a downfield threat," McShay says.
4) Finally, what’s draft talk here at ESPN.com without a Mel Kiper Jr. Big Board?
Here is the newest installment of that.