AFC South: Mat t Hasselbeck

Scouts Inc. offensive rankings

August, 22, 2012
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Earlier this week we looked at Scouts Inc.’s Top 200 NFL players.

Here I offer a peek at how the AFC South fared on the position-by-position list on offense. Keep in mind that Matt Williamson, who crafted these lists, couldn’t make them completely current. It’s a big project that doesn’t factor in the most recent developments of the preseason. Also, rookies are not included.

The first number is the rank at the position, the second number the grade. Players at the bottom of the list got a rank but not a grade.

Quarterbacks:
15) Matt Schaub (80)

22) Matt Hasselbeck (75)

26) Jake Locker (74)

29) Chad Henne (71)

36) Blaine Gabbert (NA)


My thoughts: No way Henne is better than Gabbert at this point. And while Hasselbeck and Locker may be close, the Titans clearly decided to flip the two.

Running backs:
3) Arian Foster (88)

5) Maurice Jones-Drew (87)

8) Chris Johnson (85)

38) Donald Brown (NA)

39) Rashad Jennings (NA)


My thoughts: I know Williamson likes Jennings and imagine he’ll have him moving up as he gets playing time. I think he’s a better back than Brown.

Fullbacks:
4) James Casey (66)

11) Greg Jones (62)

24) Quinn Johnson (51)

29) Brock Bolen (47)


My thoughts: Casey is miscast as a fullback. He can do what the Texans ask, but he should run like the wind when his contract expires after this year. As an H-back somewhere, he could put up serious numbers.

Wide receivers:
3) Andre Johnson (90)

20) Kenny Britt (81)

22) Reggie Wayne (81)

41) Austin Collie (NA)

42) Laurent Robinson (NA)


My thoughts: Questions abound. Will Johnson’s legs stay healthy? Collie’s future is in doubt now that he is recovering from another concussion. Britt’s likely to be suspended for a couple of games at the start of the season under the personal conduct policy.

Tight ends:
11) Owen Daniels (79)

16) Marcedes Lewis (77)

22) Jared Cook (76)

41) Craig Stevens (NA)


My thoughts: Daniels needs to stay healthy. Lewis needs to play like he did in 2010, not 2011. Cook needs to climb for the Titans to be what they think they can be.

Tackles:
5) Duane Brown (84)

11) Michael Roos (81)

14) Eugene Monroe (79)

43) Anthony Castonzo (NA)


My thoughts: Brown just got a big new contract. Roos is quiet and tends to be overlooked. The Jaguars are looking for Monroe to graduate to premier status at the position.

Guards:
18) Steve Hutchinson (77)

24) Eben Britton (74)

37) Wade Smith (NA)

45) Uche Nwaneri (NA)


My thoughts: Not a lot here. Hutchinson’s being counted on to improve the Titans’ interior. Britton is at guard now, but ideally would be at right tackle. Smith is a great fit in Houston’s scheme. Nwaneri seems low to me.

Center:
3) Chris Myers (82)

21) Brad Meester (75)

23) Samson Satele (74)

31) Eugene Amano (67)

34) Mike McGlynn (63)

42) Kevin Matthews (NA)


My thoughts: Myers got a big payday and is the leader of a line that should be very good even with a new right tackle and right guard. Meester is aging. Satele is replacing a fixture in Jeff Saturday. Amano’s on IR and McGlynn is playing guard when healthy.

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