AFC South: Arthur Brown

The Texans drafted two defensive linemen they are going to turn into strongside linebackers in Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams in the third and fourth round.

But Peter King of SI.com says they were ready to go linebacker at No. 57 in the second round until Baltimore jumped ahead of them to take Kansas State’s Arthur Brown.

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From King’s Monday Morning Quarterback:
“Baltimore had the 62nd pick overall, late in the second round. In the first round, they'd gotten the safety they liked most, Matt Elam. Now as the picks ticked by, they knew they risked losing the linebacker they liked most at this point, Kansas State's Arthur Brown. So the Ravens dealt the 62nd pick along with fifth- and sixth-round picks to Seattle for the 56th pick. They picked Brown.

"Sources tell me Brown was going to be Houston's pick at 57, and he was a strong consideration for Denver at 58. Brown's a potential captain, the kind of leader the Ravens hope two or three years down the road will start to fill the void left by Ray Lewis. Great trade."

Brown would have been a better option at linebacker than Montgomery or Williams. While Brown could have wound up inside instead of outside, I believe he would have come into the league more polished and more ready.

But the Texans recovered very well at No. 57 with strong safety D.J. Swearinger out of South Carolina.

If you’re a Texans fan, would you rather have Swearinger and Montgomery or Brown and, say, Shamarko Thomas, the strong safety from Syracuse who went 111th in the fourth round to Pittsburgh?

The Steelers love Thomas and traded with division-rival Cleveland to go get him.

Draft analyst Mike Detillier of M&D Draft Report just told me he’d take the pair the Texans wound up with.

It’ll be an interesting comparison to make down the road.
Nothing has changed since Dave Caldwell was introduced as the Jacksonville Jaguars' general manager on Jan. 10.

He was pro-active and quite aggressive when the inevitable Tim Tebow question arrived.

"I can't imagine a scenario where he'd be a Jaguar, even if he's released,” Caldwell said.

Nothing has happened since then that would change the organization's stance.

They have a big question mark at quarterback with Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne and two undrafted rookies, Matt Scott and Jordan Rodgers. And there is nothing Tebow could do to settle the question instead of expanding it.

I understand it is beyond the comprehension of some nationally, who write out a simple equation -- bad team plus local hero equals automatic fit -- that it's not going to happen.

But it's not going to happen.

Owner Shad Khan's spokesperson, Jim Woodcock, reiterated it in an email message to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

“The Jacksonville Jaguars’ plans do not include Tim Tebow," he wrote.
Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl of Scouts Inc. have produced a second-round mock draft, so let’s have a look at what they expect out of the AFC South.

33) Jacksonville

Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

My thought: I’m not sold on the Jaguars going quarterback here. But then again, I wasn’t sold on them going offensive tackle last night. They could field some nice offers to drop back and add picks.

Other options: The Jaguars have options on the board who could fill some major holes -- strong safety John Cyprien, cornerback Jamar Taylor and defensive ends Cornellius Carradine or Margus Hunt. Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports they are leaning toward corner Johnthan Banks.

40) Tennessee

Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State

My thought: Big and strong with very good initial speed. But he’s coming off a knee injury, carries durability issues and he might lack some insticts.

Other options (presuming they last): Hunt, Taylor, defensive ends Damontre Moore, Sam Montgomery and Alex Okafor.

57) Houston

Matt Barkley, QB, USC

My thought: They’ve said they wouldn’t keep Gary Kubiak from a quarterback he can’t live without. But fans are down on Matt Schaub and adding a second-round quarterback would turn up the heat on a guy who got a long-term deal a year ago and is very close with his coach.

Other options (presuming they last): Inside linebackers Arthur Brown and Kevin Minter, tight end Zach Ertz.

The Colts don’t have a second round pick as they dealt their second-round pick, which is No. 54, to Miami for cornerback Vontae Davis.

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