AFC South Team Needs

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Indianapolis Colts-  OT, OLB/DE, WR

Andrew Luck is the truth. He’s proven that already, and the Colts have a shot to be perennial playoff team over the next decade with him under center. If they want a shot at super bowl though, they are going to need some upgrades on both sides of the ball. T.Y Hilton needs some help out there, we saw the Patriots bracket him almost every play of the AFC Championship game and no one else was able to help out Luck. Colts legend Reggie Wayne was also released recently, making wide receiver an even greater positional need. It is also time to cut their losses with former 3rd overall pick Trent Richardson. Frank Gore recently signed with the team and will more than likely move forward as the number one back in Indy. Former first round pick Bjoern Werner decided to disappear for the second half of the season and wasn’t even active for the AFC Championship game. GM Ryan Grigson is going to need to bring in a pass rusher and some O-Line help as well, especially if the NFL’s highest paid right tackle, Gosder Cherilus, continues to be the bust that he was when the Lions took him 17th overall back in ’08.

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Jacksonville Jaguars: OT, DE, RB, CB

The Jaguars have done a lot of rebuilding since Gus Bradley came to town and seem to be turning things around. Blake Bortles has played solid enough to be solidified as the teams franchise quarterback (for now), and he has some skilled wide receivers that were acquired in last years draft (Allen Robinson, Marquise Lee, Allen Hurns), as well as the addition of TE Julius Thomas via free agency. Now they just need to protect their franchise QB. The Jags allowed a league high 71 sacks this year, 12 more sacks then the seconds worst team (Washington Redskins). Luke Joeckel has yet to establish himself after being selected 2nd overall in 2013, although he did have his moments toward the end of the year. Running back is also a need that will need to be addressed in the draft. Toby Gerhart was never really healthy all year, and wasn’t able to get things going, which left the door open for the teams leading rusher, and lone bright spot in the backfield, Denard Robinson. Although Robinson had a solid season, he is not an every down back in the NFL. On the bright side for the Jags, their D-Line was able to cause havoc toward the end of the year, and Johnathan Cyprien looks to be a future stud in the back end.

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Tennessee Titans: QB, DE/OLB, WR, NT

The transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 for the Titans was anything but smooth. Couple that with inconsistent QB play, an injury plagued wide receiver corps, and an overrated rookie running back and what do you get? Ding, Ding Ding, a 2-14 record! The biggest question heading into the draft for the Titans is going to be: Will they stick with sophomore QB Zach Mettenberger? Once they answer that, then they can decide how to rebuild the D-Line. A plethora of picks will be used on players familiar with the three-man front, as well as a speed rusher or two on the outside. If they do decide to stick with  Mettenberger, he is going to need some more weapons around him to take some of the pressure off.

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Houston Texans: CB, OT, WR

The Texans had a lot of bright spots throughout the season, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The brightest of spots was non-other than the NFL’s defensive MVP, J.J Watt. He is virtually impossible to block and if former #1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney can come back healthy, the Texans have chance of being one of the best defenses in football. A stud nose tackle would go a long way for this defensive front, as Ryan Pickett may in fact be older than dirt now. Some depth at the corner position is needed as well. A.J Bouye was suspect in man coverage at times as the nickel. Like the Titans, the Texans also have some questions at the QB position. Will it be Brian Hoyer, or Ryan Mallett in 2015? Whoever the starter will be is going to miss Andre Johnson, who is no longer with the team.

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