AFC South: Dan Williams

Scout survey, part four

April, 22, 2010
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In recent days, I asked two AFC scouts and two guys with scouting backgrounds who are now in the media the same 12 questions.

As we count down to the Rams kicking off the draft Thursday night, here’s the fourth of four posts with their answers, which are largely a lesson in how many different views there can be on the same subjects. (Check out part one here, part two here and part three here.)

For the final piece, I focused on veterans the teams of the AFC South may overvalue, asking my respondents for a player a team isn't looking to replace but probably should be.

The Jaguars have false confidence in:

Scout A: David Garrard

Scout B: Running back depth

Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.: Brad Meester

Daniel Jeremiah, movethesticks.com: Reggie Nelson

The Titans have false confidence in:

Scout A: Chris Hope

Scout B: Michael Griffin

Williamson: The cornerback position. I bet they think they need to find one guy here, but I actually think they need two.

Jeremiah: Stephen Tulloch

The Texans have false confidence in:

Scout A: Their corners.

Scout B: Amobi Okoye

Williamson: Their defensive tackles in general. Adding a nose tackle type (Dan Williams) would pay off huge. It would further free up Amobi Okoye and would also allow their exceptional linebackers to really run and hit.

Jeremiah: Kasey Studdard

The Colts have false confidence in:

Scout A: Charlie Johnson

Scout B: Jeff Saturday

Williamson: Curtis Painter

Jeremiah: Kyle DeVan

Scout survey, part two

April, 20, 2010
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In recent days, I asked two AFC scouts and two guys with scouting backgrounds who are now in the media the same 12 questions.

As we count down to Thursday, here’s the second of four posts with their answers, which are largely a lesson in how many different views there can be on the same subjects. (Check out part one here.)

Segment two focused on matchmaking.

The perfect fit for the Jaguars that you expect to be available at No. 10 is?

Scout A: Rolando McClain or Jason Pierre-Paul

Scout B: Pierre-Paul

Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.: Honestly, I really don't think that there is such a thing. The Jags are in no-man’s land. But if I had to pick one, I would take Earl Thomas.

Daniel Jeremiah, movethetticks.com: Pierre-Paul

The perfect fit for the Titans that you expect to be available at No. 16 is?

Scout A: Derrick Morgan or Brandon Graham

Scout B: Sergio Kindle

Williamson: Graham

Jeremiah: Graham

The perfect fit for the Texans that you expect to be available at No. 20 is?

Scout A: C.J. Spiller or Thomas

Scout B: Kyle Wilson

Williamson: This is a tough one and they should be very happy with Dan Williams, Thomas, Wilson or Ryan Mathews. But if I only get one, I will also go with Thomas, but I don't love his chances of still being on the board.

Jeremiah: Kareem Jackson

The perfect fit for the Colts that you expect to be available at No. 31 is?

Scout A: Maurkice Pouncey or Jared Odrick

Scout B: Rodger Saffold

Williamson: Saffold

Jeremiah: Pouncey

Examining the Texans' draft options

April, 6, 2010
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In his weekly Scouts' Eye feature, our friend Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. examines the Texans’ options with the 20th pick in the first round of this month’s draft. You need an Insider subscription to read the entire piece, but here’s an excerpt:
I see four prominent needs on the Houston Texans and rank them in this order: cornerback, running back, free safety and a big, run-stopping nose tackle-type to better unleash their outstanding group of linebackers. Considering the severity of the first three needs, satisfying that last one might be a bit of a luxury. But if Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams is available at No. 20 overall, passing on him should be very difficult for Houston.

Although running back -- preferably a bigger, downhill, chain-moving type -- is clearly a major need, I also contend that ball carriers (especially in this offensive system) are relatively easy to find. Using that first-rounder on defense and adding a quality power back prospect like Stanford's Toby Gerhart or Tennessee's Montario Hardesty in the second round would be an excellent approach.

Williamson also identifies a running back who would make sense for the Texans at No. 20 and two safeties who he thinks would fit Houston’s needs as well.

Mockumentary: Pre-combine check-in

February, 22, 2010
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An initial installment of our periodic look at a variety of mock drafts.

Today we’re using Mel Kiper, Bleacher Report, Bucky Brooks, newnfldraft.com, NFLDraftDog.com, NFLDraftUpdates.com and KDraftonline's consensus.

Jacksonville (10 or 11)

Kiper: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (11)

Bleacher Report: Brian Price, DT, UCLA (11)

Brooks: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida (10)

NewNFLDraft.com: Brian Price, DT, UCLA (10)

NFLDraftDog.com: Joe Haden, CB, Florida (10)

NFLDraftUpdates.com: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State (11)

KDraftonline consensus: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (11)

My thoughts: If there is a pass-rusher the Jaguars love here, it’s hard to imagine them going a different direction, especially without a second-rounder.

Tennessee (16 or 17)

Kiper: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida (17)

Bleacher Report: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida (17)

Brooks: Brian Price, DT, UCLA (17)

NewNFLDraft.com: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (16)

NFLDraftDog.com: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee (16)

NFLDraftUpdates.com: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (17)

KDraftonline consensus: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida (16)

My thoughts: The more the whole world gives the Titans a defensive lineman, the more inclined I am to think they’ll wind up going cornerback.

Houston (19 or 20)

Kiper: Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Bleacher Report: Taylor Mays, S, Southern California

Brooks: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

NewNFLDraft.com: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

NFLDraftDog.com: Earl Thomas, S, Texans

NFLDraftUpdates.com: Brian Price, DL, UCLA

KDraftonline consensus: Taylor Mays, S, USC

My thoughts: Mays or Thomas would be a fantastic addition to a defense that needs free safety to be settled.

Indianapolis (31)

Kiper: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

Bleacher Report: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

Brooks: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

NewNFLDraft.com: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

NFLDraftDog.com: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

NFLDraftUpdates.com: Daryl Washington, LB, TCU

KDraftonline consensus: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas

My thoughts: Predicting Bill Polian is incredibly difficult, because he’s as serious about "best player available" as anyone. At this point, I’ll say a defensive tackle would surprise me.

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