Part three of our NFL Draft review takes us to the NFL’s southland, starting with the AFC South. This draft may or may not change the balance of the division, but the players that were brought in will make this season fun to watch. Here are the best draft picks for this year’s AFC South…..
Best Draft Pick: Miami-Florida wide receiver Philip Dorsett (1st round)
Why: Dorsett just might be the best receiver outside of Kevin White and Amari Cooper in this year’s draft. He gives Andrew Luck another prime weapon in the passing game.
Outlook: Dorsett appears to be the perfect compliment to Andre Johnson.
Best Draft Pick: This one is a tie between Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson (1st round), and Mississippi State inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (2nd round).
Why: The Texans needed depth at both positions and both players were rated among top at their respective positions.
Outlook: Expect both men to be contributors right from the start.
Best Draft Pick: Originally I was going to say Florida linebacker/defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (1st round). But I’m forced to change my pick after Fowler suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Jaguars rookie mini-camp last week. So now, my best draft pick for the Jags’ is Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (2nd round).
Why: If Yeldon can stay healthy -there were injury concerns coming out of college- he can give Jacksonville an every down running back, something that they’ve lacked over the last few seasons. The hope is that Yeldon can put an end to the Jaguars running back-by-committee operation.
Outlook: Yeldon could win the starting job on opening day.
Best Draft Pick: Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (1st round).
Why: Despite the knock on the Heisman Trophy winner coming out of a no-huddle, spread-option, college system offense, many feel that Mariota is coachable and teachable. The Titans also feel that he has the leadership qualities and intangibles to be successful in the NFL.
Outlook: Mariota is expected to be the franchise quarterback and he’ll get his chance to be just that.
Part four will review the top draft selections of the NFC South.