2011 NFL Draft Preview – AFC South Team Needs

The 2011 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and here at Bang the Book, we’ve got all of the team needs for the AFC South squads drawn up in preparation for the draft.

Houston Texans
Draft Choices: 11, 42, 73, 105, 138, 178, 214, 254
Team Needs: DB, DL, LB, OL
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: “…With the 11th overall pick in the draft, the Houston Texans select Prince Amukamara, cornerback, Nebraska.” These are the words that every Texans fans wants to hear come out of commissioner Roger Goodell’s mouth on Thursday night. Houston had one of the worst secondaries in the history of the NFL last year and allowed opposing quarterbacks to average a QB rating over 100 against them. Amukamara would provide the Texans with a solid cover corner who excels in man-to-man coverage. If Amukamara is available and GM Rick Smith doesn’t take him, he should have his head examined. In the absence of Amukamara, look for the Texans to take a pass rushing outside linebacker who can dominate in the 3-4 such as Robert Quinn of North Carolina.

Indianapolis Colts
Draft Choices: 22, 53, 87, 119, 152, 188
Team Needs: OL, DL, DB, RB
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: Peyton Manning isn’t getting any younger and the time for the Colts to win is now. Indianapolis was bothered by injuries to their secondary much of last season and lost targets like Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Collie, and Dallas Clark for extended periods of time. Offensive line is a priority that the Colts need to address in this draft and many analysts have slotted OT Nate Solder from Colorado here. Solder has the size to man Manning’s blind side for the rest of his years in the league and can also improve a rushing attack that was one of the worst in the NFL in 2010. DT Corey Liuget from Illinois is also a possibility at this point if the Colts don’t go offensive line.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Draft Choices: 16, 49, 80, 114, 121, 147, 182
Team Needs: DB, DL, WR, QB
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: Many in Jacksonville question whether or not David Garrard is the long-term answer for the team at quarterback, but the Jaguars have too many glaring needs to select a quarterback in the first round. Despite selecting Tyson Alualu with the 10th overall pick in the draft, the Jaguars still have a need for another pass rusher as they struggled to get to the quarterback last season. Defensive ends Ryan Kerrigan, JJ Watt, Da’Quan Bowers, and Cameron Jordan could all be available at this spot and the Jaguars will probably take one of those four. Another possibility would be Amukamara if he fell this far, but that is doubtful.

Tennessee Titans
Draft Choices: 8, 39, 77, 109, 130, 142, 175, 212, 251
Team Needs: DL, QB, LB, DB
2011 NFL Draft Analysis: Most analysts have the Titans taking DT Nick Fairley from Auburn here, but why would Tennessee draft another elite defensive lineman with character questions so soon after the Albert Haynesworth debacle? Recent talk suggests that the Titans are enamored with TCU QB Andy Dalton, but the 8th overall pick is much too high to take him with. Tennessee could look to trade down to the mid-first round for a team looking to move up for WR Julio Jones or Amukamara, but if they stay here they could use help along their front seven. Watt, Jordan, and OLB Robert Quinn are all intriguing prospects for the Titans at this point in the draft and would help provide a pass rush for a defense that was one of the worst against the pass in 2010. CB Patrick Peterson is definitely an option as well provided he falls this far.

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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