2015 NFL Draft Review: AFC South

Jacksonville Jaguars For the second year in a row the Jags had the third pick in the draft and for the second straight year they chose a player who attended college in the state of Florida. This year, the selection was Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. who was easily the most talented edge pass rusher in the class. He was supposed to be one of the final additions in creating an aggressive attacking-style defense. Unfortunately, during drill work at yesterday’s rookie mini-camp, Fowler tore an ACL and will be out for the season. This is a devastating loss for the Jaguars but something they will be able to overcome. I have already seen some people in the media following the injury question the intensity of mini-camp practices. It is a total waste of time to even write such absurdity. I have attended over 100 rookie camp practices over the years and “intense” is not something I would call the practices. ACL injuries can be freak things. I once saw a DB tear his ACL doing a backpedal drill in pre-practice. Sometimes these things happen, and it has nothing to do with the intensity of the practice. In the second round, the Jags drafted Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon. As a freshman, Yeldon looked like he may be a first round pick. He is a tough inside runner who can move the change and also is a very reliable receiver. Guard A.J. Cann is a big physical blocker who should step in and start right away. Louisville safety James Sample is a former junior college transfer who only started one year at the major college level. Still, in that year, he showed that he is ready to come in and be a physical force. He is a great fit for the Jags defensive scheme. Fifth round selection Rashad Greene, the receiver from Florida State, is a steal. He easily has second to third round talent. He is a good route runner, with excellent hands and run after the catch skills. Ohio State defensive tackle Michael Bennett is another steal. He will fit in as a 3-technique and will challenge to start from the get-go. Receiver Neal Sterling and tight end Ben Koyack are developmental types. Tennessee Titans There was a lot of talk leading up to the draft that the Titans were trying to trade out of the two slot. I don’t believe that talks ever got serious as no team was willing to pay the price necessary to get to the two slot. With their pick, the Titans selected Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota is very unique in that he has a skill set that few quarterbacks have. Still, he is a developmental player as he needs to make the adjustment from working in a college spread offense to an NFL type offense. This will take time, but Mariota has the intangibles to make it work. Second round choice Dorial Green-Beckham obviously is an immensely talented receiver but he has issues. If he keeps his head on straight, he has first round talent, but the reality is he may be a suspension waiting to happen. Selecting Utah tackle Jerimiah Poutasi in the third round was a reach. He is overweight and lacks top movement skills. While he played left tackle in college, he will have to be a guard or right tackle in the NFL. I felt Auburn defensive tackle Angelo Blackson was also a bit of a reach. He is a big, strong, wide body that I see as more of a rotational type player. Alabama’s Jalston Fowler was the best blocking fullback in the draft. He has some inside power and is a reliable receiver. While Poutasi and Blackson may have been reaches, getting running back David Cobb and receiver Tre McBride late were steals. Both could end up being starters before long. Boston College center Andy Gallick has the versatility to play both guard and center and could also be an eventual starter down the road. Indianapolis Colts Miami receiver Phillip Dorsett may be the fastest receiver in this draft with his 4.25 time. He gives the Colts another weapon for Andrew Luck. Corner D’John Smith is a solid third round pick. He is a physical corner and an excellent tackler. He has the skill set to be very good in press, off and zone coverage. I would bet he will be a starter before the year is done. Stanford defensive tackle Henry Anderson may not have a special trait, but he is very tough and always gets the job done. He is another guy who should become a starter before his rookie year is over. I see safety Clayton Geathers as more of a developmental type. He is physical and will make his mark on special teams early in his career. Just like Anderson, Stanford nose tackle David Parry is very tough and technique sound. He may never be a starter but he will play well in the D-Line rotation. Mississippi State running back Josh Robinson may be short, but he is a tough and powerful inside runner. He will also play well when used in a rotation. Houston Texans I thought that Houston may go offensive line early but instead they selected Wake Forest corner Kevin Johnson. Johnson has a very good overall game, excelling in all phases of coverage and he plays bigger than his size. This was a very solid selection. Benardrick McKinney is a perfect fit for Romeo Crennel’s defense. He is a big physical inside linebacker who will give the Texans a presence in the middle. Receiver Jaelen Strong is a third round steal. If it weren't for a reported hand injury, he would have been a first round pick. He will start and be productive right away. I felt that all of Houston’s late round picks were developmental types. They all will have a chance to make the roster, but most will likely spend a year on the practice squad. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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