Monday, March 11, 2013
Mel's new mock: Three OL to AFC South
By Paul Kuharsky
Mel Kiper's got a new mock draft out Monday. We carve out the pieces relevant to our four teams. For reference and comparison, here's our look at Todd McShay's most recent mock .
2) Jacksonville Jaguars: OT, Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Kiper’s analysis: “The Jags really need help on the pass rush, but they can get help there in Round 2. In taking Fisher, they improve their situation at left tackle, and there's no certainty that incumbent Eugene Monroe will be around in 2014. The Jags will never know what they have at QB if they can't do a better job in pass protection.”
Kuharsky’s reaction: I can see the logic, but if they like Monroe I wouldn’t move forward presuming he won’t be re-signable. And if there is a defender there who can transform a pass rush, he’s got to be the more intriguing.
10) Tennessee Titans: G, Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Kiper’s analysis: “Adding Cooper just provides an immediate upgrade on the interior of your offensive line. A complete player who gets a great punch and moves really well for his size, he can run block well, pull with ease, move exceptionally well in the screen game and hit moving targets.”
Kuharsky’s reaction: We’ve increasingly seen Cooper going ahead of Chance Warmack in scenarios like this, often to the Titans. I’m not convinced Tennessee likes Cooper better than Warmack. If they went guard here with both available, I’d expect it to be Warmack.
24) Indianapolis Colts: OT, Menelik Watson, Florida State
Kiper’s analysis: “Whether he ends up at left tackle, right tackle or even as a potentially dominant guard, Watson has a high ceiling and the Colts have to get better along the offensive line. The franchise has arrived at quarterback -- time to protect him.”
Kuharsky’s reaction: Maybe he’s great, but I believe this is the first I’ve seen him up in this range. As Kiper notes, free-agent attention to the line would likely shift this pick to the other side of the ball.
27) Houston Texans: WR, Keenan Allen, Cal
Pick analysis: “Andre Johnson is now officially old by the standards of the position, and while effective, he could use some help. In Allen, the Texans get a great route-runner with exceptional hands and a knack for creating and finding space, perhaps because he was such a good safety as a younger player.”
Kuharsky’s reaction: It seems too easy. Yes, Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey, once healthy, still factor in. But neither is going to be the caliber of a No. 2 with the potential to grow into a No. 1 that Allen might be.