AFC South Recon: Who Did Our Rivals Take In The 2013 NFL Draft?


Hope springs eternal for all AFC South teams as they fawn over their newest draft picks. Let's take a look at how the AFC South usurpers fared in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Tennessee Titans

If you remember my Recon from back in February, I told you about how the Titans were looking at Alabama guard Chance Warmack for their first pick. Sure enough, they took Warmack and plan on plugging him in immediately. The Titans also took center Brian Schwenke; he will push incumbent Fernando Velasco for playing time in 2013. With the free agent addition of guard Andy Levitre, head coach Mike Munchak has to feel much better about the state of his team's offensive line. Warmack vs J.J. Watt should be a lot of fun to watch in the future.

In the second round, the Titans traded up with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire wide receiver Justin Hunter. He joins a very crowded receiving corps, including last year's first rounder Kendall Wright, but Hunter has the talent and size to quickly float to the top. There should be absolutely no excuse for quarterback Jake Locker heading forward.


Indianapolis Colts

Werner was taken late in the first to replace Dwight Freeney in the Colts' 3-4 scheme. Head coach Chuck Pagano calls Werner an "edge setter" and "dynamic pass-rusher." Montori Hughes is the prototypical 330-pound nose tackle we Texans fans have always clamored for; he should fit right in with what they're trying to do on defense. The Colts will need both to contribute heavily if they want to improve last year's porous defense. The Colts ranked 23rd in sacks (32) and allowed the second worst yards per carry (5.1) in 2012.


Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars must have felt that they couldn't lose with tackles Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel sitting there. Kudos to them for not reaching for a quarterback in this year's weak class. Joeckel and Cyprien should be impact players right from the start. Ace Sanders and Denard Robinson will add much needed speed and playmaking ability to the offense, joining Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon as options for whoever is under center for Jacksonville.

Speaking of Blackmon, he will be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. They substance wasn't performance-enhancing, but Blackmon already has an aggravated DUI on his record. Another violation will lead to a year-long suspension.

And, no, the Jaguars are not interested in Tebow. But the these two organizations are.


What do you think, Texans fans? How did the Titans, Colts, and Jags do? Which of these rookies will give the Texans the most trouble in 2013? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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