By Eric Schmidt

The three day 2013 NFL Draft is in the books and it’s time to start the speculation and second guessing of various teams selections. Although the real results of this year’s draft would be felt for several seasons, it’s always interesting to see if various teams addressed their needs during the draft. In this installment of columns, I’ll be reviewing the AFC South.

Houston Texans– Heading into the draft, the consensus was that the Texans would go after a wide receiver in the first round. Houston landed Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the first. Filling a need at safety, the team then selected SS D.J. Swearinger number 57 overall. Houston looked to add a prospect at the right tackle position with the selection of Brennan Williams. Always anxious to rush the opposing quarterback, the Texans took a pair of defensive ends, Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams. They then took a shot with an interesting offensive line prospect in David Quessenberry. Houston did add two undrafted free agent running backs after the draft.

Grade B

Indianapolis Colts– I have to say I was a little underwhelmed by the Colts selections this year. DE Bjoern Werner gives Indianapolis another pass rusher. The Colts then went to address the interior of the offensive line. RB Donald Brown is in the last year of his contract and the team let many running backs pass in the draft. No cornerback help was added. DT Montori Hughes is an interesting prospect.

Grade C

Jacksonville Jaguars– Although the Jaguars could have had their pick of any of this year’s quarterback class, they let them all pass instead opting for the safe pick of OT Luke Joeckel. I liked the draft that Jacksonville put together based on their needs. FS John Cyprien was a great selection at the start of the second round. CB Dwayne Gratz will likely be a starter on opening day and WR Ace Sanders gives the Jaguars a solid slot receiver as well as talented return man. Jacksonville also selected versatile Denard Robinson, not sure where he’ll line up but an interesting selection none the less.

Grade B+

Tennessee Titans– The Titans have made a concerted effort to rebuild their offensive line this season. Tennessee selected OG Chance Warmack with the tenth overall selection and OC Brian Schwenke 107th. Some might suggest that is a little high for a guard, but prior to the draft, some pundits compared him to former Dallas Cowboys guard, Larry Allen. Becuase WR Kenny Britt is unreliable, the Titans selected WR Justin Hunter 34th overall. With the additions in this draft as well as the free agency signing of OG Andy Levitre, the Titans running game should be marketly improved in 2013. Fantasy owners take note, Chris Johnson could post some large numbers this year.

Grade B-




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