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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Quick thoughts on Britton and Barwin

Posted by's Paul Kuharsky

Here's what we know halfway through the AFC South picks of the second round:

Jacksonville took Arizona offensive tackle Eben Britton in the second round with the draft's 39th pick, making their start of their draft tackle-tackle. With No. 8 pick Eugene Monroe and Britton, the team may have its bookends for a long while and have reason to expect that David Garrard will have more time to sort through options and find open people.

After Houston took USC linebacker Brian Cushing 15th overall, the Texans stuck to defense with the 46th pick tabbing raw but high-energy Cincinnati defensive end Connor Barwin. Mel Kiper compared the 6-3, 253-pound Barwin's non-stop motor to that of Titans end Kyle Vanden Bosch. When I talked to new defensive line coach Bill Kollar recently, he spoke of his willingness to shift free agent addition Antonio Smith inside on passing downs if that's what the personnel called for. Barwin may help create that scenario.