AFC South: Terrance Williams

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Houston Texans

Matt Schaub on Ed Reed: “I’ve been across from him enough to know what kind of player he is and what he brings to the defense. He can still play at an exceptional level. The leadership and knowledge he brings to the locker room can help everyone play at a higher level." John McClain spoke with Schaub in advance of his upcoming fundraiser.

In his second mock draft, McClain has the Texans taking Baylor receiver Terrance Williams.

To which I say: It may be worth noting that McClain’s a Baylor guy.

Indianapolis Colts

Quinn Pitcock ranks as the Colts’ eighth-worst draft pick, while Antoine Bethea holds spot No. 9 on the list of the best, says Phillip B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star.

Looking at long-term needs means considering who’s heading into contract years in 2013, says Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority.

To which I say: While this is an important piece of the overall equation, the Colts also have to anticipate the value of some of the guys who can be free agents in 2014. Pat Angerer and Kavell Conner are good players in their system, but even if they have big seasons, how attractive will they be on the market?

Jacksonville Jaguars

Looking at the Jaguars’ building plan that features great restrain in terms of jumping out for costly free agents, with Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.

Aaron Ross quickly apologized for his crack that 2012 was a paid vacation for him in Florida, says Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com.

John Oehser of the team website on cornerbacks for the Jaguars: “A first glance at (Gus) Bradley’s system would indicate you don’t have to have a top-10 drafted corner to be elite there, and that the emphasis on big, physical players could allow the Jaguars to address that spot a bit later in the draft, but we shall see.”

To which I say: Plenty of great cornerbacks come into the league outside of the top 10 in the draft. But no matter how much Bradley craves size, his big corners will obviously need to be able to play.

Tennessee Titans

Bernard Pollard says Michael Griffin reminds him of Reed, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.

To which I say: It’s nice work trying to boost Griffin up, I suppose. But with the way Griffin’s played the last couple years, it’s laughable to mention him in the same sentence as Reed.

Over the past five seasons, the Titans have drafted 3.8 fewer offensive linemen than an average, hypothetical team, says Tom Gower of Total Titans.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Last year they took a shot, drafting wide receivers in the third and fourth round.

The Texans still have high hopes for DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin, though Posey’s recovering from a ruptured Achilles suffered in the playoff loss in New England. They still like Lestar Jean, too.

But Houston’s being honest: It needs a dynamic second receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson and eventually, potentially, take over his mantle.

“I think that continues to be right now a big focus for us as an organization,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “We drafted a few young guys last year. I do have a young guy in Lestar Jean that I think a lot of. DeVier Posey was making big, big progress and now we're dealing with a significant injury that is going to take some time

"So I think it’s important that we continue to strengthen our team in that area. Andre is in Year 11 or something like that now, so we’ve got to find some other guys to continue to produce alongside of him.”

The team's current No. 1, Kevin Walter, could wind up a salary-cap casualty. He does dirty work that doesn’t get enough credit, and that’s important. But if your dirty-work guy is also the second receiver on the field most of the time, it helps the offense if he’s a bigger threat against the one-on-one coverage he’s likely to draw.

Cordarrelle Patterson out of Tennessee is likely to be gone by the time the Texans draft 24th in the first round.

Cal’s Keenan Allen and Terrance Williams of Baylor probably rate as possibilities at the spot.

Evaluators say Allen can line up outside or inside and is a smooth route runner and at 6-foot-2 and about 210 pounds, he’s got some size. Allen rates himself as a physical, Anquan Boldin-type of receiver.

He won’t run at the combine because he tweaked an old knee injury in training so questions about his speed are likely to linger until his pro day on March 14.

“I feel like I'm a starter, self-motivated, a humble guy,” Allen said. “My work ethic is there. I'm a film junkie so I'm definitely doing that type of preparation for the game.”

Williams ranks as more of a vertical guy, and stretching the field more is something the Texans need to do to pen space for Arian Foster and Owen Daniels.

“I can stretch the field in a hurry,” Williams said.

He dismissed concerns that he’s only a vertical route runner, saying that when he’s asked to run other routes he’ll prove he can do so reliably.

West Virginia’s Tavon Austin is most different from anyone the Texans already have. He’s a smaller, slot-type of guy and should bring a spark to the team that lands him. But like anyone who’s 5-8 and 174 pounds, durability is a concern.

Austin admires Wes Welker, who’s pretty much the patron saint of up-and-coming slot guys nowadays.

“I think I’m a little quicker and faster than him,” Austin said. “So I figure if he can do it, I can do it, too.”

It’s not a great receiver class overall. Pro Football Weekly rates it as a "C" group.

Houston went for guys in the middle of the draft last year and didn’t find immediate impact. A choice near the top of a middling class could do a lot for a team that could be one big piece away from being a constant matchup problem.

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