Every year, NFL teams put countless hours of preparation in their draft board. Front office personnel and scouts watch hours of film, talk to college coaches and other character witnesses, and discuss internally with position coaches to see who would fit their team concepts well.
Probably the next best judge of which talents fit a team best though, is that team’s divisional opponents.
Not only are they the main competition and therefore have a vested interest in not seeing that team do well, but they play them twice a season, guaranteed. They know exactly what teams in their division lack because they try to exploit those weaknesses.
All NFL teams surely watch intently as other teams are making their selections during the draft, but they likely give the most attention to how their divisional opponents are drafting.
After all, those selections will have lasting effects on the nature of the division for years to come.
The AFC South has been one of the most competitive divisions in football for the last half decade. Several of its teams are a possible turning point, however, and this year’s draft will affect their futures even more than average.
I went through and hypothesized five players for each AFC South team that the rest of the division does NOT want to see picked.
Keep in mind, this is not a mock draft; several of the picks defy normal draft strategy for the respective teams. This is simply what drafted players would scare divisional opponents.
Anyone could pick five first round players that are scary, but I wanted to make this a little more in depth. These picks are numbered one through five, which corresponds with the round that player would likely need to be taken by that specific team.
I’d be very interested in any feedback, specifically from fans from fans of the Colts, Jaguars and Titans as I am a Texans specific writer. Feel free to let me know what you think on twitter (@JakeBRB). Enjoy.