AFC South: Sergio Kindle

Draft Watch: AFC South

April, 21, 2010
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NFC dream/Plan B: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

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Each week leading up to the NFL draft (April 22-24), the ESPN.com blog network will take a division-by-division look at key aspects of the draft. Today’s topic: Dream scenario/Plan B.

Houston Texans

(Overboard) Dream scenario: Running back C.J. Spiller falls to them, but I cannot see that happening and I don’t see safety Earl Thomas lasting either. Next best is that they are in position to choose running back Ryan Mathews. He could work every down if needed and will be able to earn the tough yard and hold on to the ball in a way no one could last season, when the offense was very good despite its running woes. Plan B: Mathews is gone and they get a cornerback like Devin McCourty or Kyle Wilson. My inkling is that McCourty could be the guy in this situation.

Indianapolis Colts

(Overboard) Dream scenario: Center Maurkice Pouncey somehow lasts, giving the Colts a big interior presence who could help at guard and eventually succeed Jeff Saturday. Next best is that they find another lineman who’s especially well suited to what the Colts do, but brings a bit more size. That could be Rodger Saffold, who seems to project as a very good left tackle for them. Plan B: A speedy defensive end in the mold of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. TCU’s Jerry Hughes fits the bill.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Dream scenario: Someone wants the Jaguars' No. 10 pick and offers a deal that drops them down in the first round and gets them a second-rounder, which they currently lack. They’d be happy to dip down and still find a defensive end, defensive back or interior offensive lineman. Plan B: If they stay put, linebacker Rolando McClain could be too good to resist 10th overall. He can be a consistent playmaker and a face-of-the-defense guy for a team that’s still looking to develop its personality.

Tennessee Titans

Dream scenario: Get a trade offer, move back to regain a second-round pick and still be able to add a defensive end (Sergio Kindle?) or cornerback (McCourty?) early on. If they stay at 16, they’d love to see a run at offensive tackle ahead of them and Jimmy Clausen go off the board by the time their turn comes. I think they’d be happy with Jason Pierre-Paul or Brandon Graham. Plan B: Wilson, who’d have a chance to earn a spot as a starter opposite Cortland Finnegan.

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

Scout survey, part one

April, 19, 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 first of four posts with their answers, which are largely a lesson in how many different views there can be on the same subjects.

I started with a focus on defensive end and cornerback, as I think all four AFC South teams will consider cornerback in the first round and three of our four teams will consider an end the first round (not Houston).

In order, rank defensive ends you think are top 35 picks:

Scout A: Derrick Morgan, Jason Pierre-Paul, Brandon Graham, Sergio Kindle, Jerry Hughes, Everson Griffen.

Scout B: Morgan, Pierre-Paul, Graham, Corey Wooten, Kindle, Carlos Dunlap, Hughes, Griffen

Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.: Morgan, Graham, Pierre-Paul, Hughes, Jared Odrick (but only for a 3-4, otherwise he is a DT), Griffen

Daniel Jeremiah, movethesticks.com: Pierre-Paul, Graham (could be DE or OB), Morgan... that's it for 4-3 DE's.

Combined/consensus order: Morgan, Pierre-Paul, Graham, Hughes, Kindle, Griffin. Wooten, Dunlap and Odrick all get one mention as top 35 picks.

In order, rank cornerbacks you think are top 35 picks:

Scout A: Joe Haden, Patrick Robinson, Kyle Wilson.

Scout B: Haden, Wilson, Robinson, Devin McCourty, Brandon Ghee, Kareem Jackson, Dominique Franks, Perrish Cox

Williamson: Haden, Jackson, Wilson, McCourty

Jeremiah: Haden, Jackson, Wilson, McCourty

Combined/consensus order: Haden, Wilson, Jackson are one-two-three, with Wilson and McCourty even at four, though Wilson was mentioned as a first-rounder by all four. Ghee, Franks and Cox each got one mention.

Kiper vs. McShay in AFC South

March, 10, 2010
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We’ve got mock draft battle up Wednesday at ESPN.com, and while you need to be an Insider to see it all, I’ve received top-secret clearance to tell you what Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have to say about the AFC South.

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

McShay: Morgan

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

McShay: Wilson

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.

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.

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Ned Macey looks at the teams of the AFC South.

Jacksonville and Tennessee are mentioned as potential destinations for Michael Vick in this FoxSports.com roundtable. I don't see either happening.

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Rashean Mathis talks about the team staying healthy, from Vito Stellino.
  • Jack Del Rio reminded his players about making good decisions on Memorial Day weekend, says Vito Stellino.

Tennessee Titans

  • Alge Crumpler wants a second chance for Michael Vick, writes Jim Wyatt.
  • Jason Jones is bulking up, writes Gary Estwick.
  • Keith Bulluck is thinking this will be his last year in Tennessee, says Wyatt.
  • Kenny Britt did little in Thursday's OTA because of a hamstring issue, says Terry McCormick.
  • Chris Davis did what he could to take advantage of opportunities to make an impression, says David Climer.

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