AFC South: Mark Mariani
September, 7, 2010
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
A look at AFC South draft picks heading into opening day …
- First-rounder Kareem Jackson is the starting right cornerback.
- Second-rounder Ben Tate (ankle), a running back, is on IR.
- Third-rounder Earl Mitchell is in the rotation at defensive tackle.
- Fourth-rounder Darryl Sharpton is a backup linebacker.
- Fourth-rounder Garrett Graham is listed as the fourth tight end but could get some snaps while Owen Daniels is eased back into action.
- Fifth-rounder Sherrick McManis is the fifth or sixth cornerback.
- Sixth-rounder Shelley Smith is listed as the third-string left guard and right tackle.
- Sixth-rounder Trindon Holliday (thumb), a return man, is on IR.
- Seventh-rounder Dorin Dickerson is listed as Andre Johnson’s backup.
- First-rounder Jerry Hughes is in line to work as the third or fourth defensive end.
- Second-rounder Pat Angerer is a backup linebacker and special-teamer.
- Third-rounder Kevin Thomas (knee), a cornerback, is on IR.
- Fourth-rounder Jacques McClendon is the backup right guard.
- Fifth-rounder Brody Eldridge is the starting H-back.
- Seventh-rounder Ricardo Mathews is a backup defensive lineman.
- Seventh-rounder Kavell Conner is a backup linebacker and special-teamer.
- Seventh-rounder Ray Fisher, a cornerback and return man, was cut. (Not put on IR as I originally wrote.)
- First-rounder Tyson Alualu is a starting defensive tackle.
- Third-rounder D’Anthony Smith (Achilles), a defensive tackle, is on IR.
- Fifth-rounder Larry Hart is the second-string right defensive end.
- Fifth-rounder Austen Lane is the third-string left defensive end.
- Sixth-rounder Deji Karim is the third-string running back and the top kick returner, though he could be slowed early with a thumb injury.
- Sixth-rounder Scotty McGee is the punt returner.
- First-rounder Derrick Morgan is part of the rotation at defensive end.
- Third-rounder Damian Williams is the second return man and the fifth or sixth receiver.
- Third-rounder Rennie Curran is a backup linebacker and special-teamer.
- Fourth-rounder Alterraun Verner could be part of a rotation at right cornerback.
- Fifth-rounder Robert Johnson is a third-string safety.
- Sixth-rounder Rusty Smith is the third-string quarterback.
- Sixth-rounder Myron Rolle, a safety, was cut and is on the practice squad.
- Seventh-rounder Marc Mariani is the return man and the fifth of sixth receiver.
- Seventh-rounder David Howard, a defensive tackle, was cut.