AFC South: mock drafts
No. 2 -- Jacksonville Jaguars
McShay: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
“Werner is a good overall player who is also strong against the run and would fit well opposite DE Jason Babin, but is he worth this pick? Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore is a better athlete but could slip a bit due to growing concerns about maturity.”
Kiper: Damontre Moore, DE, Texans A&M
“He's an exceptionally productive defensive end prospect with very good quickness, long arms and elite closing burst as a rusher. He will get to the quarterback, period.”
My thoughts: The need is clear. This team has needed a pass-rush boost for some time. Hopefully one of these guys or someone else proves to be worth the spot and provides an answer.
No. 10 -- Tennessee Titans
McShay: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
"Warmack is the best guard prospect in a decade and would help solidify the offensive line in front of young QB Jake Locker. Warmack has an elite combination of strength, mobility and consistency, and he would be the perfect successor to Steve Hutchinson."
Kiper: Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU*
“The guy is long, fast, has a great burst and can flat-out turn the corner. But he also needs to play with better leverage, take on blockers more effectively and find ways to simply be more productive.”
My thoughts: If Warmack is as good as advertized and lasts to this spot, it sure would be nice to see the Titans invest in the interior line like they’ve said they would.
No. 24 -- Indianapolis Colts
McShay: Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss. St.
"Banks has good size, is an instinctive cover corner, and shows toughness and outstanding ball skills."
“We know the defense could use help in a few places, and the chance to take the second-best CB in the draft is something that could make sense here. Banks can start early and help this defense.”
My thoughts: Banks certainly makes sense, but the Colts have a lot of needs on both sides of the ball. Picking the best available player here could go a lot of different directions.
No. 27 -- Houston Texans
McShay: Keenan Allen, WR, California
"The Texans need more legitimate pass-catching options outside of Pro Bowl WR Andre Johnson. Allen lacks elite top-end speed, but he's a great athlete with a good frame, and his ball skills are much-improved from early in his career."
Kiper: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
“Simply put, Patton was really, really hard to cover in 2012, and when he went to the Senior Bowl against some of the top competition in the draft, he didn't get any easier to cover."
My thoughts: Everyone wants the Texans to find a quality No. 2 receiver, including me. But they drafted a couple last year and have tended not to regard the need the same way as we outsiders.
So here they are, with thoughts from yours truly:
10th – Jacksonville
Kiper: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
McShay: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Kuharsky: From what I know, I think either would stand to help the Jaguars. A lot depends on what they are feeling about Reggie Nelson, who didn’t earn a lot of confidence in 2009.
16th – Titans
Kiper: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texans
Kuharsky: Need wise, I see more for Morgan than for Kindle. A prime pass-rusher is, as it was in 1999, the primary missing ingredient for this defense, when Tennessee drafted Jevon Kearse 16th.
20th – Texans
Kiper: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Kuharsky: Wilson can certainly help fill the Dunta Robinson hole, but if the right running back or free safety is there (Kiper has C.J. Spiller and Thomas still available), Houston could easily go one of those directions.
31st – Colts
Kiper: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
McShay: Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Kuharsky: With Ryan Lilja let go, the Colts lack established guards. And trying to get bigger, Pouncey can bring that. But they draft the best player available at the top, and if it’s Price, they could go there.
Here are the AFC South picks by each:
Kiper: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Banks: Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
Kiper: Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
Banks: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
Kiper: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
Banks: Sen'Derrick Morris, DT, Auburn
Kiper: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
Banks: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida