Saturday, April 27, 2013
The work left to do in the AFC South
By Paul Kuharsky
The draft is in the books.
What went under-addressed in the AFC South?
Here’s my thinking for spots on each tam where there will be an emphasis on undrafted rookies and where teams may now look for some veteran help, be it soon or before the season when some players are let free by other teams.
The Jaguars resisted any urge to draft a quarterback, but they will go into camp with more than Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. They can sell opportunity to undrafted guys as much or more than any team in the league -- to quarterbacks and to players across the board. Teams that drafted a quarterback may soon have one to part with, and they could be candidates to add to the Jaguars’ mix.
The Titans didn’t have things break for them before the fifth round for a defensive end. They expect the pass rush to improve thanks to scheme, player improvement and better coverage. Still, for the competition they’ve created on the offensive line and at receiver, they really need to do more to try to churn up better rush options off the edge beyond their starting two.
I’m surprised the Colts didn’t draft a cornerback. They can probably be OK with Vontae Davis, Greg Toler, Darius Butler as their top three. But the depth after that is headed by Cassius Vaughn and Josh Gordy. Those two didn’t instill a lot of confidence last season, and David is heading into the last year of his deal. Indianapolis needs additional resources at the position.
With Justin Forsett gone to Jacksonville as a free agent and Ben Tate a year away from potential free agency, the Texans need to see what other options they can develop as insurance and for the future at running back. Arian Foster was an undrafted free agent, so Houston can sell a couple backs on the idea that they can function well in the Texans' system, just like Foster did when his chance arrived.