Published On: Fri, Apr 20th, 2018

Identifying the biggest need for every AFC South team

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theScore goes division by division to identify the biggest positional needs for all 32 NFL teams entering the 2018 draft, which will be held from April 26-28.


Houston Texans

Biggest need: T
Secondary needs: CB, G

Due to two trades with the Cleveland Browns last season, the Texans don’t own a first- or second-round draft pick. That’s OK, because they have Deshaun Watson.

With Watson entrenched as the franchise quarterback, Houston can start building around him. They’ll start with their third-round draft pick and continue with another pick in the same round, earned as compensation for losing A.J. Bouye last year.

The secondary is a problem area. The unit ranked 24th in passing defense last year after allowing 30 touchdowns through the air. Tackle represents another worry – 2017 fourth-round pick Julie’n Davenport is currently penciled in as the starter at left tackle.

Potential draft targets: When the third round arrives, Texas tackle Connor Williams may still be available. He’s battled injuries, but he projects as a starter at the pro level.

The Texans’ two third-round selections are 12 picks apart. With their latter choice, Anthony Averett or Duke Dawson are likely targets at the corner position.

Indianapolis Colts

Biggest need: DE
Secondary needs: WR, RB, CB

The Colts are still very much under construction. As Chris Ballard enters his second year as general manager, he’s been busy working the phones. Most notably, he’s traded back three spots in the first round of the draft and acquired a third second-round pick.

The Colts have also signed tight end Eric Ebron and receiver Ryan Grant, and Ballard has been in on a number of other free agents.

To make a move in the ever-improving AFC South, though, the Colts need Andrew Luck back at full health – and they need to strike it rich with their arsenal of nine draft picks.

Potential draft targets: Indy had the luxury of trading back from the third overall pick and remains in prime position to get top pass-rusher Bradley Chubb at No. 6. He would be an immediate difference-maker for a defense that finished second-last with just 25 sacks last year.

The Colts have been in on just about every receiver who’s hit the open market this offseason, and for good reason, since T.Y. Hilton doesn’t have much help at the position. The team is armed with three early second-round picks, but doesn’t need to reach for a pass-catcher. They should target a second-tier rusher such as Sony Michel or Nick Chubb before turning their attention to a receiver such as James Washington.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Biggest need: TE
Secondary needs: QB, WR

For the most part, the Jaguars’ problems are on the offensive side of the ball. Four Jacksonville defenders were named to both the All-Pro team and Pro Bowl last season. The offense needs to hold up its end of the bargain.

In 2017, it did just that, ranking sixth in total offense and fifth in points per game. The Jags aren’t sold on Blake Bortles‘ capabilities, however, and could select a quarterback with their first-round pick.

The receiving crew underwent a lot of change this offseason, saying goodbye to Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marcedes Lewis. Someone will have to replace that talent; Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook can’t do it alone.

Potential draft targets: Picking near the very end of the first round, the Jaguars could select their quarterback of the future if Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph remains available. Neither would start right away, but could grow alongside Leonard Fournette to form an intimidating tandem.

With the 29th pick of the second round, the Jags could either target a big-bodied receiver such as Equanimeous St. Brown or select a tight end like Mike Gesicki to eventually take over for Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Tennessee Titans

Biggest need: DE
Secondary needs: WR, LB

The Titans are on the brink of something great and a strong draft class could put them over the top. First on the wish list: a pass-rusher to line up outside interior monster Jurrell Casey and new teammate Bennie Logan.

Tennessee is perpetually in search of receiving help. It’s what led the team to sign Michael Campanaro late in free agency. Corey Davis showed flashes in the playoffs, but quarterback Marcus Mariota needs additional weapons.

Finally, the linebacking corps is aging quickly and could use an infusion of young talent.

Potential draft targets: Marcus Davenport will be long gone before the Titans pick at No. 25 overall, but Harold Landry out of Boston College may be within reach.

Late in the second round, the Titans would benefit from the services of speedy wideout DJ Chark, who ran a 4.34-second 40 at the combine. He’d be the perfect complement to Davis.

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