Draft Grades for the AFC South

Draft Grades for the AFC South

Indianapolis Colts: Grade A-


Colts GM Chris Ballard traded out of the first round to acquire more picks and worked the draft board really well. The Colts focused on needs day two adding CB Rock Ya-Sin who had a first round projection and Ben Banogu, who will fit right in as a contributing 4-3 defensive end. They also added speedy pass catcher Parris Campbell to give Andrew luck another weapon to work opposing defenses and take some pressure off of T.Y. Hilton. In round three they added linebacker depth with Bobby Okereke who could also challenge for a starting spot. Day three was mainly more about adding defensive depth adding Safety Marvell Tell III and a pair of OLBs. The way the Colts were able to add more draft capital while getting strong talent in areas of need make this a great draft haul.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Grade A-


The Jaguars had to be ecstatic that Josh Allen fell to them with the seventh overall pick. For a team that focuses on getting after the opposing quarterback, adding a player that had 17 sacks last season at Kentucky was a great pickup. In the second round they came away with OT Jawaan Taylor who many had as the player the Jaguars would select in the first round. Jawaan fell because of concerns about his knee, but he started all 33 games at Florida. Anytime a team can come away with two top talents in one draft you have to feel good about it. In round three they came away with another position of need adding pass catching tight end Josh Oliver, who should help new QB Nick Foles in the passing game though he is not regarded as a great blocker. Also in round three Jacksonville added OLB Quincy Williams, a relative unknown who was a reach at that point, especially with a player like Chauncey Gardner-Johnson available at a position of need. Day three was all about depth adding physical running back Ryquell Armstead and QB Gardner Minshew. Overall a strong class for GM Dave Caldwell coming away with players that should have immediate impact for the Jaguars.

Houston Texans: Grade C+


The Houston Texans added players that were positions of need but they had some reaches. Houston selected Tytus Howard in the first round after the Eagles jumped them to take Andre Dillard. While Houston desperately needed to upgrade its offensive line, many had Howard as a day two pick with higher ranked lineman still left on the board. The same thing happened in the second round when they Texans selected Max Scharping. Max was a position of need but he was selected a round earlier then most people had him graded. They did still get solid players that should contribute in round two getting CB Lonnie Johnson and TE Kahale Warring. Day three the Texans got great value selecting DE Charles Omenihu and adding a couple of players later that should contribute on special teams. Overall it’s slightly disappointing to see the reaches in the top of the draft where you need to hit.

Tennessee Titans: Grade B+


The Titans had one of the least amount of picks in this years draft, which makes that the second time in the past two drafts. The picks they did come away with did have great value. In the first round the Titans selected DT Jeffery Simmons, who many believed would go much higher if not for the ACL tear in February and off the field concerns. Simmons does have the chance to be a dominate force for Tennessee even if he may have to redshirt this year. In day two the Titans got great value selecting WR AJ Brown adding to a receiving core that already had some talent and giving Marcus Mariota another piece to evaluate while on his fifth year option. They also came away with OG Nate Davis who could push for a starting job this season or next. Day three saw them come away with talented players in Hooker, Walker, and Long. While from the perspective of this season these players provide depth they have the talent to push for starting positions down the road. Overall while they didn’t have a ton of picks, they did make they most out of the picks they had. While they may not contribute a lot this year, this class has the potential to grow well 2-3 seasons from now.

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