AFC South: 2013 bloggermock

Before making my pick on behalf of the Houston Texans, I talked with Philadelphia about a trade. (Everyone did, Dan Graziano was dying to deal in to the bottom of the first but wouldn’t part with enough.)

I do think the Texans could look to trade down to a team wanting a quarterback before the needy teams come around again in the second round. Then Houston could get its receiver early in the second round instead of late in the first.

Allen
I didn’t get a good enough offer to move, so I stayed put and stayed with priority one: a receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson and help the Texans be less dependent on their No. 1 guy.

Keenan Allen has nice size and sufficient speed and quickness, and even if he doesn’t grow into Johnson’s successor, I believe Allen can be a quality No. 2 receiver. The question is how quickly?

Gary Kubiak and the staff will work hard to get him up to speed and he could do some things in their offense right from the start.

The draft so far:

1. KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. JAC: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
3. MIA: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Trade)
4. PHI: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
5. DET: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
6. CLE: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
7. ARI: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
8. BUF: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
9. NYJ: Barkevious Mingo, OLB-DE, LSU
10. TEN: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
11. SD: Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC
12. OAK: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (Trade)
13. NYJ: Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
14. CAR: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15. NO: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
16. STL: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
17. PIT: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
18. DAL: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
19. NYG: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
20. CHI: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
21. CIN: John Cyprien, S, FIU
22. STL: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
23. MIN: Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC
24. IND: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
25. MIN: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
26. GB: Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
27. HOU: Keenan Allen, WR, Cal

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The Indianapolis Colts could help themselves at selecting a pass-rushing outside linebacker, cornerback, receiver or on the offensive line in the draft.

But with the top two receivers off the board in ESPN.com's #bloggermock draft, I think it’s too early for the first guy of the second group. Though if the Colts love a wideout, there is one risk: Houston needs a receiver three spots later and if the Colts pass on the one they are enamored with, they could wind up covering him twice a year.

Defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA has been a frequent mention for Indianapolis in this spot, and he’s a possibility.

Rhodes
For me, though, the way our draft has unfolded, it seems like Xavier Rhodes is a perfect fit. Vontae Davis can be a lead cornerback, but Greg Toler and Darius Butler will be better if they are competing for nickel and dime and depth.

Reviews of Rhodes sound a bit like what I imagine Chuck Pagano would write up if he was describing the kind of corner he wants on the Colts: “Exceptional height-weight-speed press corner with a unique blend of length, speed and physicality,” says Pro Football Weekly’s draft guide.

Sounds like he’ll be able to line up across form Andre Johnson and other big receivers the Colts will try to contain.

1. KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. JAC: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
3. MIA: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Trade)
4. PHI: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
5. DET: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
6. CLE: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
7. ARI: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
8. BUF: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
9. NYJ: Barkevious Mingo, OLB-DE, LSU
10. TEN: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
11. SD: Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC
12. OAK: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (Trade)
13. NYJ: Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
14. CAR: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15. NO: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
16. STL: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
17. PIT: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
18. DAL: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
19. NYG: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
20. CHI: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
21. CIN: John Cyprien, S, FIU
22. STL: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
23. MIN: Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC
24. IND: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

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Chance Warmack would be my number one target here. But the Alabama guard didn’t last in our scenario. I don’t think the Titans like Jonathan Cooper the same way.

Floyd
With Dion Jordan, Star Lotulelei, Dee Milliner, Warmack and Barkevious Mingo all gone, the great value here looks to be Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

Interior defensive line isn’t a pressing need. The Titans signed Sammie Hill as a free agent and they like Jurrell Casey a lot. Mike Martin played in every game as a rookie while Karl Klug suffered a second-year dip.

But they can make room for Floyd, a versatile interior player who can stop the run and get push into the backfield that will help the entire front.

I think the odds of Floyd being available at No. 10 are very remote, though.

If the Dolphins don't bowl over the Raiders with a trade for No. 3 the way James Walker did on Miami’s behalf here, I think Floyd could go third to Oakland.

1. KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
2. JAC: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
3. MIA: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Trade)
4. PHI: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
5. DET: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
6. CLE: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
7. ARI: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
8. BUF: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
9. NYJ: Barkevious Mingo, OLB-DE, LSU
10. TEN: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

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The hints from the Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t been strong ones, but we read what we can from David Caldwell and Gus Bradley.

Jordan
The Jaguars need a foundational piece here, and teams starting a rebuild usually start inside out working on the lines.

An offensive lineman could be a value in the spot. Even if the Chiefs take Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher first overall, the one who’s left is a blue-chip prospect. Bradley said a first-round tackle would play on the right with Eugene Monroe remaining on the left.

Monroe’s contract is up after this season. I think he’s good but not great. He has potential to make great increases with the change from Andy Heck to George Yarno as offensive line coach.

Drafting a right tackle second overall isn’t maximizing value, however.

The team has had pass-rush problems forever. Ezekiel Ansah is too raw and too unproven. So Dion Jordan of Oregon is my choice for them. He might need a little time too, but he’s a physical specimen with explosion and those are qualities Jacksonville needs more of at the position.

The draft so far:

1. KC: Luke Joeckel, LT, Texas A&M
2. JAX: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

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