AFC South Mock Draft
After a month without sports, and the long awaited first installment of the “Last Dance” being shown on Sunday night, the sports world is still craving for more. Well, sports fans will get more, as the 2020 NFL Draft will start on Thursday night.
AFC South Mock Draft
The AFC South will be an intriguing division to watch in 2020. With the Tennessee Titans poised to make a Super Bowl run, the Indianapolis Colts being a playoff contender, the Houston Texans making some puzzling moves, and the Jacksonville Jaguars in full rebuild mode, this should be an interesting division.
With the draft just days away, let’s take a look at the needs of the AFC South teams, and try to predict who each team will take with their early round picks later this week.
In what many consider to be a disastrous offseason for the Houston Texans, they will enter the draft with many needs. With the puzzling trade of DeAndre Hopkins, many feel that the Texans need to draft a wide receiver with their first pick (no1st round pick, 40th overall in the 2nd round). However, with the acquisitions of Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb, this isn’t the biggest need.
The Texans lost their starting nose tackle, DJ Reader, to the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency. Head Coach/GM Bill O’Brien has stated that the interior defensive line is a big need in the draft. Look for the Texans to address that need with their 2nd round pick, and they will take Justin Madubuike, an interior defensive lineman from Texas A&M. He has the potential to be as good, if not better than Reader.
Many believe that the Jaguars are in complete rebuild mode, so the Jaguars have many needs. They have the 9th and 20th pick in the first round this year. With the 9th pick, we’re looking for them to make a surprise pick. Although Jerry Jeudy should still be there, this is a very deep class for wide receivers. Jacksonville has lost both starting corners since last season, so they will reach and take defensive back C.J. Henderson from Florida.
With the 20th pick, the Jaguars will take advantage of the deep receiver class, and will take Justin Jefferson from LSU.
The Colts are in “win now” mode. With the signing of Phillip Rivers to a one-year deal, the Colts are looking at 2020 as their year. Both Rivers and backup Jacoby Brissett are only signed until the end of the 2020 season. With Indianapolis trading their first round pick to the 49ers for DeForest Buckner, the Colts won’t pick until #34.
Knowing that both QB’s are on one-year deals, the Colts will make a somewhat surprising pick, and they will take Jacob Eason, the quarterback from Washington. They’ll let him sit and learn from a potential Hall of Fame quarterback.
The Titans know that they have a shot at winning the AFC in 2020. Tennessee could use some offensive line help, and need some help in the defensive secondary. With the loss of corner Logan Ryan, we think the Titans will go for secondary help. They’ll take Antoine Winfield Jr. out of the University of Minnesota.