Friday, April 26, 2013
Nuggets on new guys in the AFC South
By Paul Kuharsky
Some quality nuggets from ESPN Stats & Info on the AFC South’s first round:
The Jaguars’ sixth straight year drafting in the top 10 tied the longest streak in the Common Draft Era according to Elias Sports Bureau. Eric Fisher (first to Kansas City) and Luke Joeckel were just the second offensive tackles to be drafted first and second overall in the Common Draft Era -- Ron Yary and Bob Johnson went first and second in 1968.
Titans guard Chance Warmack played every game on an Alabama offensive line that averaged 6.5 yards per carry inside the tackles on designed running plays last season. On rushes between the left guard and left tackle (Warmack played LG), Alabama averaged 4.2 yards before first contact and gained at least 10 yards once every 5.5 rushes.
Half of new Colts outside linebacker Bjoern Werner’s 13 sacks came in Florida State’s first three games against Murray State, Savannah State and Wake Forest. The Seminoles won those games by a combined score of 176-3. Werner led all FBS players with 117 yards lost as a result of his 13 sacks. Only three other players produced at least 100 yards of losses.
Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins is the first Clemson receiver picked in the first round since 2001 (Rod Gardner). Hopkins is just the fourth offensive player picked in first round by the Texans in franchise history, joining Duane Brown, Andre Johnson and David Carr.