Thursday, May 27, 2010

AFC Draft In Review Part 2

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: Best Pick: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama. Sleeper Pick: Arthur Jones, Syracuse, DT.  Kindle is a first round talent but needs knee surgery and fell to the Ravens, who can redshirt him and work him into their system.  Cody fell because of his weight.  In the Ravens 3-4, he can be pretty fat and still be effective.  They got lots of talent later in the draft to help this defense get depth and youth.

Cleveland: Best Pick: Joe Haden, CB, Florida.  Sleeper: Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee.  McCoy falling to them (again and again) will be the biggest story, but the Browns made some weird picks.  I love Hardesty, Ward is too injury prone, and  the rest of the draft wasn't spectacular.  They need lots of talent, and fast.

Cincinnati Bengals: Best Pick: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida.  Sleeper: Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas.  Very impressive draft.  Gresham has all the talent in the world, but has injury problems.  Dunlap has all the talent in the world but behavior problems.  Shipley can play the slot, Ghee is a solid CB, and Geno Atkins is very good but needs motivation.  Even Briscoe is solid.  Good draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Best Pick: Maurkice Pouncey, OG, Florida.  Sleeper: Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU.  Pouncey addresses a big need and not reaching for a QB helps.  Gibson is a solid pick in the 4th, Brown will be a good returner.  Dwyer is a good pick, and can split carries while playing a pro style offense.

AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars: Best Pick: Tyson Aluala, DT, California.  Sleeper: Deji Karim, RB, Southern Illinois.  Head scratcher at number 1.  The Jags signed Aaron Kampman, and drafted two pass rushing DTs early in the draft.  Karim could be a really good 3rd down back.  The Jags could make us all look bad or be embarrassed in a few years with this one.

Tennessee Titans: Best Pick: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech.  Sleeper: Myron Rolle, S, Florida State.  The Titans got Morgan, the most NFL ready DE.  Williams is a solid WR to compliment Britt. Rolle and QB Rusty Smith both have a lot of upside and questions.  Nice draft, but nothing really stands out past Round 2.

Indianapolis Colts: Best Pick: Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU.  Sleeper: Kevin Thomas, CB, USC.  Hughes will be a really good pass rusher and could be moved to DE.  Angerer will be a very good MLB and will start in a few years.  Thomas is a talented sleeper and CB.  Pretty solid draft, covering some needs.

Houston Texans:  Best Pick: Ben Tate, RB, Auburn.  Sleeper: Earl Mitchell, DT, Arizona.  Tate automatically makes the Texans incredible offense better.  Slaton can go to a more appropriate role.  Earl Mitchell improves the run defense.  Trindon Holliday will improve the run game if he can prove durable.

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